"When we share words, our voices
April 2 is also the World Autism Awareness Day. The fourteenth annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2021.
"Throughout its history, the United Nations family has celebrated diversity and promoted the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities, including learning differences and developmental disabilities."
Autism is mainly characterized by its unique social interactions, non-standard ways of learning, keen interests in specific subjects, inclination to routines, challenges in typical communications and particular ways of processing sensory information.
Autism-friendly events and educational activities take place all month, aiming to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism, foster worldwide support and inspire a kinder, more inclusive world.
Teachers and parents:
Memoirs if an imaginary friend
My name is BUDO.
I have been alive for 5 years.
5 years is a very long time for someone like me to be alive.
MAX gave me my name. Max is 8 years old.
He is the only human person who can see me.
I know what Max knows, and some things he doesn't.
I know that Max is in danger.
And I know that I am the only one who can save him.
Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend was the 2014 Dolly Gray Award winner and a finalist for the 2017 Nutmeg Award. And Goodreads finalist 2012 as voted by over 1 million readers.
Memoirs of an imaginary friend
"Memoirs of an imaginary friend" by Matthew Dicks is told from the point of view of an imaginary friend who has been created in the mind of an eight year old autistic boy named Max.
The reader learns that imaginary friends can see one another and that who they will see is what their friend has imagined them to be. They are also limited by what their friend imagines that they can do.
Budo, Max's friend can walk through doors and is smart and imaginative himself. Those qualities are important to the story, as they will allow Budo to save Max in the end.
"The readers learn about real love (a man lays down his life for another) and real evil (manipulate others until you get what you want) while reading this engaging and truly imaginative story."
Matthew Green is a teacher so the school setting of most of this book feels natural and real (at least for this former teacher.
Other resources: Children's books
For children's books in foreign languages, visit Dia Internacional do Livro Infantil ; Journée internationale du livre pour enfants.
In the midst of chaos, reading to a child autist or not can create a small oasis of calm, for both kids and parents. If the one thing this awful crisis has given us, it’s time. Books and children respond well to that.
"When we read, our minds grow wings.