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Professionals, Parents Share Strategies to Make Face Masks More Comfortable for Children With Autism

By Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices | Jun 3, 2020 |
Experts and parents in Canada shared strategies last month to make wearing face masks more comfortable for children with autism.

Wearing protective facemasks has become essential during the Covid-19 pandemic. For people with autism, sensory issues can make wearing these masks unpleasant, and in some cases extremely uncomfortable. This is…

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Researchers Publish Paper Outlining Challenges of Covid-19 Pandemic for Children, Families With Autism

By Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices | Jun 2, 2020 |
Researchers at the University of Miami have published a paper focusing on the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic for children and families with autism.

In a recently published paper, researchers at the University of Miami outlined the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic for children and adults with autism and their families, and what health…

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Occupational Therapist Creates “Magical Molly” Persona for Children with Autism and their Parents

By Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices | Jun 1, 2020 |
During the Coronavirus quarantine, an occupational therapist from Missouri is teaching children with autism through her "Magical Molly" educational videos.

The Coronavirus quarantine has been challenging for both students with autism and their teachers, forcing them to adapt to a new system of virtual, remote learning. Gina Whitener, an occupational…

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18-Year-Old Chicagoan With Autism Graduating Valedictorian

By Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices | May 31, 2020 |
Ellie Lymon, an 18-year-old Chicago resident with autism, has overcome challenges to graduate at the top of her high school class.

Ellie Lymon, a native of Chicago, was diagnosed with autism at age 4 after persistent speech delays. While the future may have seemed uncertain at the time, Lymon, now 14,…

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Writer Rebecca Brand Discusses Instilling Pride, Self-Esteem in Her Daughter With Autism

By Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices | May 28, 2020 |
In an article this month, writer Rebecca Brand discussed encouraging self-acceptance in her daughter with autism.

While autism affects 1 in 54 children in the U.S. according to the Centers for Disease Control, overcoming stigmas and gaining societal acceptance remains an ongoing challenge for many of…

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Couple Creates Adventist Family Support Network to Help Families Dealing with Autism

By Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices | May 27, 2020 |
To help families and children living with autism, one couple, Keiny and Marlon Goulart, created the Adventist Family Support Network for the Autistic Family (RAAFA).

Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects 1 in 88 children, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). After their son Derek was diagnosed with autism, Keiny Goulart and her…

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Sensory Issues and Face Masks: Mother of Son With Autism Shares Advice

By Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices | May 26, 2020 |
In an article this month, writer Shannon Des Roches Rosa described the challenges of wearing facemasks for people with autism, including her 19-year-old son.

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced most people to venture outside wearing protective face masks for their own safety and to prevent the spread of the virus. For many people with…

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Savannah Patterson, Essay Finalist With Autism, Describes Fighting Hate With Love

By Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices | May 22, 2020 |
Savannah Patterson, a high school senior with autism, spoke out against hate and bullying in her essay for the Stop the Hate Youth Speak Out contest.

Savannah Patterson is a senior at Beaumont School, and is one of 10 finalists for The Stop the Hate Youth Speak Out, which awards $100,000 to winners of essay and…

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11-Year-Old With Autism From England Pens Poem Describing Covid-19 Experience

By Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices | May 20, 2020 |
Logan Richards, an 11-year-old boy with autism from Hull, England, described his thoughts on the Covid-19 quarantine in an inspiring poem.

The Coronavirus pandemic has significantly disrupted the daily routines of many people on the autism spectrum. Logan Richards, an 11-year-old boy with autism and dyslexia from Hull, England, shared experience…

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