National Autism Awareness Month (Week Four)

April 19, 2018

The Counseling Corner

By Rev. Judith T. Lester, B.Min. M.Th

April is National Autism Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 1 percent of the world population has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) (CDC, 2014) and the prevalence in the United States is estimated at 1 in 68 births. (CDC, 2014). There is no certain look that people with autism have that sets them apart from others; but people with ASD, according to the CDC, may communicate, interact, behave and learn in ways that are different from most other people.

For parents of a child with autism or special needs, things can become overwhelming at times; therefore, it is important for these parents and caregivers to have access to support groups. According to the Mayo Clinic, support groups bring together people facing similar issues and allow people to share their experience and even advice. Talking to people who are in the same situation can be very helpful.

The Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin sponsors events throughout the year to support families. These events include:

Morning Coffee Parent Support

This event is held the first Thursday of the month. This is a time to share triumphs, frustrations and be around others who get the highs and lows of raising a child/supporting an adult on the autism spectrum.
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin 3720 N. 124th Street, Suite O Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53222 Pre-registration not required

Kids in Motion

Kids in Motion is a “socks only” place to come and play! Run around and get the wiggles out, be creative in the arts and crafts area, or be imaginative in various other play areas including dressup, play café, tunnels and slides. There are lots and lots of formulas for fun! This is a free children’s event for member families.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Kids In Motion 14135 West Greenfield Avenue New Berlin, Wisconsin 53151

New to Autism Class

This event invites you to come and learn about basic characteristics of ASD and various support opportunities available for families. This is a free presentation and is open to the public. It is designed for parents whose children have recently been diagnosed with autism. The next New to Autism class will be held:
Thursday, May 10, 2018 Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin 3720 N. 124th Street, Suite O Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53222

For more information or to see the full list of upcoming activities and support groups sponsored by the Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin, visit them at: https://www.assew.org/.

Next Week: Conclusion

The writer does not assume responsibility in any way for readers’ efforts to apply or utilize information or recommendations made in this article, as they may not be necessarily appropriate for every situation to which they may refer. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your medical doctor or health care provider. You are encouraged to discuss with your doctor any questions or concerns you may have concerning blood donation and your eligibility. If you would like to contact Rev. Lester, write to her c/o P.O. Box 121, Brookfield, WI. 53008.