Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Autism Awareness Month and Giveaway

There is a great contest going on right now at 5 minutes for mom that reminded me that April is Autism Awareness month! So I want to share with you a few things. First off do you know anyone that has autism, or has some kind of disability? Right now you can make their day by entering to win a Caboose Trailer Bike. The winner will be announced on May 5th. The Caboose Trailer Bike retails for $249.99 and makes it possible for kids and adults with special needs finally be able to enjoy riding a bike. Anyone with a kid with Down Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral palsy , blindness or any other reason would benefit so much from a gift like this. So head over and enter, tell your friends, family and of course blog about it. I personally have a handicapped brother that unfortunately can not even use a device like this but it makes giveaways like this really hit home for me. I think it is so wonderful when companies come out with products to help benefit children who need our extra help! I also have a cousin that has autism and is such a neat kid! What fun it would be to have this delivered to his door step! I hope that you will take the time to enter! Click on the picture below to enter!

Have you become aware on the signs of autism? So many people over look the signs their child exhibits at a young age that are autistic. If they are caught earlier enough, a child has the hopes of beating autism. Changes in diets, environment, immunization shots, etc. can make a big difference in your child's life. To find out more you can visit the autism website by clicking here.

If you are looking to get involved and to help donate, check out Autism Speaks. Autism Speaks was founded just a few years ago by Bob Wright, CEO of NBC and grandfather to an autistic child. There are so many different ways to get involved: golf tournaments, 5K race/3K walk, concerts, fundraisers, and donations.

Have you read "Louder than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism" by Jenny McCarthy? I have read her Belly Laughs and other books which I truly enjoyed so I am looking forward to reading this too. Even if your own child is not autistic, reading a mother's struggle and journey connecting with her child and helping him through his own personal struggle is amazing. It really shows the true beauty of motherhood, our intense connection with our children, and a true mother's intuition. The books is available for purchase on Amazon.com. You can also catch the recap of Jenny's visit on Oprah to learn more about her life with her autistic son. Just click here and head on over!

To take a quiz to see if your child has any signs of autism head over to this website. And as always, consult a doctor for a professional evaluation.

If you have any stories to share, sites to recommend, leave a comment, or just say hi. Have a great day. Don't forget to visit the other posts and contests I have going on, as well as enjoy 10% with the code SPECIAL at the checkout on Sweet Pea Cakes, etc.

Have A Great Day!

~Dawn

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