Thursday, April 4, 2013
Brunswick Acres Elementary School hosts Autism Awareness Month event.
Inside a dimmed gymnasium at Brunswick Acres Elementary School Tuesday, hundreds of little wrists extended to the sky illuminating a blue light as a symbol of support for world Autism Awareness Month. The event was part of a year-round effort throughout the school to raise awareness and provide support to students suffering from Autism Spectrum Disorder. Brunswick Acres Elementary School is home to the South Brunswick elementary level autism program. The school not only educates kids on the autism spectrum, but also works to develop awareness among their peers to develop understanding. "The students in this school are so accepting of kids in the autism program and they try so hard to be friends with them," said Special Education teacher …
Monday, April 2, 2012
The whole world is going blue on April 2 for World Autism Awareness Day.
With the arrival of April and Autism Awareness Month, South Brunswick is encouraged to join together with people around the world to show support for those affected by the developmental brain disorder. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for complex disorders that affect the development of the brain. The disorders typically manifest between the ages of 2-years-old and 3-years-old, according to Autism Speaks.org. The disorders can be characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulty with social interaction, difficulty with both verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors. Those with autism may suffer from intellectual disability and difficulty with motor coordination, in addition to attention and…
Thursday, March 22, 2012
The daily struggles and triumphs of a South Brunswick child with autism spectrum disorder.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Davy James
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Joseph Ahern is just like any other typical 9-year-old kid in South Brunswick. He likes to play with toy cars, ride his bike, and he loves the New York Giants. But Joseph faces a daily struggle with tasks and the development of skills that so many take for granted. Joseph has autism spectrum disorder, which affects one in every 110 children in the U.S. "Things that come so normally and naturally to mainstream children are so difficult for him to learn," said Joseph's mother Rachel Ahern. "Just learning how to play with other kids and how to communicate properly with people are difficult. He's so loving that sometimes he'll go up to a stranger and give them a hug. Other times he won't speak to anyone but his parents." Autism spectrum …