April is Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness month, so I’d like to take this opportunity to do something a little different with the blog. I spend a lot of time dispelling health and fitness misconceptions, so this month I’d like to discuss some of the common misconceptions surrounding autism.

Every month, we support a different cause through the Causely service, which donates money to different campaigns for every check-in on Facebook to the Vertex Fitness facility from our clients. This April we’re happy to support Autism Awareness month by partnering with The Autism Site to provide therapy for children with autism.

Every 2 check-ins provides one minute of therapy to an autistic child and their family. The Autism Site provides access to incredible play therapy sessions which promote long-term and short-term memory, stimulate language, negotiation and communication skills. It also nourishes the family by relieving stress and forging important emotional bonds.

You can take a quick glance at The Autism Site’s Facebook page and blog to see how their therapy makes a difference in the lives of the children and their families, and don’t forget that the hashtag this month is #autismawareness, if you’re posting a Facebook status about your workout.

In the spirit of autism awareness, I’d like to step back and let someone with autism speak for themselves. The artist Rebecca Burgess drew this wonderfully insightful comic from the perspective of her webcomic character, Archie, to help explain what we really mean when we talk about the “autism spectrum”. It was certainly eye-opening for me, and helped me have greater understanding of what we mean by these terms. To read the comic on its original site, click here.

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To read the comic on its original site, click here.


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