Daily Education and Technology News for Schools 04/07/2012
Encourage a young writer day is april 10- here, this educator is posting interviews with many different children's authors and sharing on her Facebook page. You may want to use some of these.
For a bit of humor in your Day, Saturday, April 7 is national "no housework" day in the US. This seems a bit trivial amidst all of the other very important things we discuss and commemorate with days but I'm all for celebrating this one!
Troubling CDC Report Opens Autism Awareness Month - Hatboro-Horsham, PA Patch
One in 88 american children are diagnosed with Autism. (1 in every 54 boys) representing a 78% increase in the lat six years and a 1000% increase over the past 40 years.
"The recently released CDC report, which was published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, states that more than 1 percent, or 1 in every 88 children, is diagnosed with autism today, including 1 in 54 boys. This is a 78 percent increase in six years (2002-2008) and a 10-fold (1,000 percent) increase in reported prevalence over the last 40 years. The report uses the same methodology that produced the CDC’s 2009 prevalence findings of 1 in 110 children with autism.
Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by social and behavioral challenges, as well as repetitive behaviors.
Autism Society - National Autism Awareness Month
It is National Autism Awareness month in the US but I have noticed that this has become an international event of sorts with many around the world talking about Autism and bringing awareness. Here is the official page from the autism society with their suggested events and activities.