6. Life Skills: Autism, Friendship, Sensory Play, Family Travel



Literacy
According to autismspeaks.org, “Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 54 children in the United States today.

“We know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, most influenced by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Because autism is a spectrum disorder, each person with autism has a distinct set of strengths and challenges. The ways in which people with autism learn, think and problem-solve can range from highly skilled to severely challenged. Some people with ASD may require significant support in their daily lives, while others may need less support and, in some cases, live entirely independently.”

Our first guest, Lisa Jacovsky, is a PhD candidate who specializes in autism. She has written Let’s talk! A story of Autism and Friendship. It’s the tale of Emma and Harper. To learn more about the book and to follow Lisa, visit http://www.lisajayauthor.com/
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Adventures
Lyn Farrington is a retired teacher and a grandmother of two little ones. She has a YouTube channel where she reads books and an Instagram page where she posts pictures of sensory play ideas.
Follow her at https://www.instagram.com/she.nannagans/ and https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoNTLarHC3Z5DxtJIfzNfdw

Grandparenting
The Family Travel Association was founded in 2014 by Rainer Jenss and a steering committee who recognized that too many parents do not take advantage of the amazing travel opportunities available to them and their children.

Having traveled to over 60 countries and counting, Rainer is an authority on the subject of family travel and how it can be used as a learning tool. During his family’s around-the-world journey, Rainer reported for National Geographic Traveler’s award-winning Intelligent Travel Blog, recognized as one of the Top 25 Family Travel Blogs by Babble.com in 2011 and 2012. In 2011, Rainer founded Smart Family Travel, Inc., an interactive media and marketing company dedicated to helping families enrich their children’s lives through travel. In 2012, he joined forces with Scholastic to direct a new family travel initiative and content development for the “Smart Family Travel” feature in Parent & Child magazine.

To learn more, visit www.familytravel.org

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