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Celebrate National Superhero Day | Show ‘N Tell Schools

Celebrate National Superhero Day | Show ‘N Tell Schools

 

Working with children, we hear our fair share of stories about beloved superheroes regularly, and we can’t wait to let our little ones know that April 28 is National Superhero Day. Since we’re sure you hear about these friends just as much (if not more) than we do, we thought it would be fun to shine a light on this celebration. We love an opportunity to show children that there are heroes in real-life too, not just fiction.

If ever there was a time for dress up, it’s today.

That’s right. On Saturday, whip out those capes, masks and cuffs and allow your child to step into the shoes of their favorite character! It looks like we might be getting some rain this weekend, so use this opportunity to have your child do some indoor Superhero Training. Lay out an obstacle course in the basement (or ask them to set one up) and have them do some special skill testing to stay sharp!

After testing their skills and reflexes, have them move onto brain training where they can do some arts and crafts to create their own special gadgets and gizmos. Finally, ask your superhero to help with chores … we mean … strength training.

Not only is it important for your child to feel like a hero, but take some time to encourage them to be a hero in real-life by doing acts of kindness for those you care about, or even for a stranger (with your supervision of course). Maybe a neighbor is out gardening and could use a little help planting, or perhaps a grandparent could use a special visit to put a smile on their face.

The key to this day for little ones is that they understand that while superheroes are a lot of fun, they are also doing things to help keep their community happy, and that they can be superheroes in our community too!

Autism Awareness Month | Show ‘N Tell School’s

Autism Awareness Month | Show ‘N Tell School’s

Did you know that April is Autism Awareness Month?

 

As Autism Awareness Month is taking place, we wanted to use this as an opportunity to be open about the reality of developmental delays in young children and the importance of autism awareness. With the diagnosis of autism becoming ever more present (1 in 68 children in the United States), we felt that it was crucial to address autism awareness in our own community.

Many families are affected by autism, and even if you aren’t one of them, we want our families to be aware of what exactly autism is, how it impacts some of our loved ones, and how we can help to take to #StandUpForAutism.

What is autism?

If you’ve heard about it, but aren’t really sure what it is, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that is often detected in early childhood and can affect a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. There are varying degrees of autism and it can impact individuals differently.

Some common behaviors associated with autism can include a delayed learning of language, difficulty holding eye contact or conversation, lack of interest in social relationships, fixation on parts of objects, etc.

While there isn’t a known direct cause of autism yet and it can’t be “outgrown”, autism can be treated and early diagnosis is key in helping to overcome obstacles that children who have autism might face.

Autism Screening/Diagnosis 

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children get screened for autism at 18 and 24 months of age. Please talk to your pediatrician to ensure that your child is receiving these screenings on their visits.

Traditionally, the screening is broken up into two components: a developmental screening and a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation. Much like it sounds, the developmental screening is an assessment of interaction with the child and observation of how they learn, speak, and move. The comprehensive diagnostic evaluation is considered the second step of the process and is a thorough review of the child’s behavior and development. It is possible that this could include a hearing and vision screening, neurological testing, etc.

Talking to Our Children

Many of our children are too young to fully understand what autism is; however, there are things that we can say and encourage to ensure that they are accepting of children who might have autism. It’s important for our children to know that everyone’s brain works differently and that sometimes that can impact how we act and feel. Let your child know that some boys and girls like to make loud noises, but some boys and girls don’t like those noises and that we should be mindful of all of our friends’ feelings before assuming they like all of the same things that we do. We encourage you to have an open discussion with your child/children about being kind to everyone, no matter their situation, and how being different is OK.