Tuesday, 2 April 2013

World Autism Day - DT Lights It Up Blue!

I love Discovery Toys - so much so that I signed up as a consultant to share the love ;-) Not only are their toys educational AND fun, they support great causes - like Autism Awareness!

Today, April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day and Discovery Toys is participating all month long (April 1 - 30) in the Light It Up Blue program to help shine a light on autism. Purchase any of these selected 8 DT Products and Discovery Toys will donate $1 to Autism Speaks® for each product sold! Discovery Toys also identifies which toys are suitable to build various skills by labelling each toy in their catalogue with a special autism symbol so parents can easily find the toys that meet their child's specific developmental needs! Cool, huh?

More Details on my Facebook page HERE!
According to Health Canada, Autism is one of many conditions that fall into the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) category. Autism affects the way the brain develops, causing the individual to have difficulty with communication and social interaction, and unusual patterns of behaviour, activities and interests. While symptomatic behaviours can vary from very mild to quite severe depending on the individual affected, children "on the spectrum" almost always have trouble communicating, problems with social interaction, repetitive behaviours, or unusual or limited interests. Possible signs of Autism Spectrum Disorders include, but are not limited to: trouble with pointing or making meaningful gestures by 1 year; inability to speak one word by 16 months or to combine two words by 2 years; being unresponsive to own name; avoidance of making eye contact; strong resistance to changes in routines. For more information, consult your doctor or visit the Health Canada Autism page here.

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