Autism affects the whole family. It is a day in and day out struggle to re-define the norm and give a voice to a disorder for which very little is really known. Right now there is no medication for autism and "proper" treatment varies from person to person sometimes even from day to day and month to month. One of the most important things for a child or individual w/ an ASD is a loving,committed, understanding support system.
I write this post because my life is touched by an Autism Spectrum Disorder, and I watch and pray daily that, if nothing else, we can dispel the ignorance of people who don't understand how it affects individuals and the people who love them.
An early slogan asked people to "Help Solve the Puzzle." The autism community therefore adopted the puzzle piece as it's symbol of awareness. The puzzle piece also represents how we are still trying to piece together everything about the disorder and each person on the spectrum is a very integral part to solving that puzzle. (my source for this paragraph)
Tonight I wanted to make a craft with a purpose. So I made an autism wreath. This craft is really simple to make. I did it in under 20 minutes w/ some puzzle pieces, a hot glue gun and ribbon. I also treated myself to a mini bowdabra bow-maker which made the finishing touches simple and professional looking for under $10.
|The ribbon has the autism awareness puzzle pieces|
basic construction concept