The US Autism and Asperger Association conference starts Thursday Sept. 6th and concludes Sunday Sept. 9th. Among the many notable speakers, like Temple Grandin, MyAutismTeam co-founder & CEO Eric Peacock will be presenting “10 Lessons Learned from 25,000 Parents” on Saturday at 1PM.
There is still time to register, USAAA Members, Students, Military, Individuals with ASD, or PARENTS WHO BELONG TO MyAutismTeam get a significant discount off registration! Get a jump start, and register today!
I loved my long summer vacations as a kid – riding my bike around, playing basketball with the neighborhood kids, watching countless hours of Happy Days re-runs*, etc. …
However, now that I’m a Dad, married to a wonderful woman & mom who also happens to work full time like me, I see 10-week summer vacations from school as something other than idyllic periods of quality time with the kids. To me, summer vacation becomes the Significant-Logistical-Challenge-Where-We-Scramble-To-Find-Stuff-For-Kids-To-Do, otherwise known as a “massive PAIN in the behind.” There, I said it.**
Reading all of your updates on MyAutismTeam – it’s quite clear that this logistical challenge grows even more urgent when your child has autism & responds much better to the structured, regular routines and schedules of the school year. With three weeks left before that blessed first day of school I imagine many of you are looking for 1 to 2 more activities for the summer. We recently conducted a poll on the MyAutismteam Facebook Page asking “What Activities Have Planned for Your Kids this Summer?” For those of you considering the #1 activity in the poll – “Day Trips” – you might want to check out Shannon des Roches Rosa’s phenomenally useful post on outings with children with autism.
Here are the results of the poll:
Did you find any great summer programs, activities, museums or destinations for your child that you could share on MyAutismTeam? If so, please take a few minutes to add them to your team and write a review. With your ideas – we can build one, national directory of all the summer activities for kids with autism. That could make next summer a little easier to plan!
* Hyperlink provided for those of you born after the ’70s.
** All opinions about summer vacations expressed in this blog are strictly those of the author – Eric – and not necessarily representative of the views of the other 10 people who work at MyAutismTeam. Please take this well salted.
Posted by Eric – GM, MyAutismTeam