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Autism Awareness Blog Hop

Autism Awareness Blog Hop

Welcome to the Autism Awareness Blog Hop!  We are so glad you are joining us!!

The cause of this Blog Hop is very near and dear to those of us on the hop, and we all need to be aware that Autism is rapidly increasing in numbers in our children. 1 in every 100 children is diagnosed with Autism.  It is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others.

Know the Signs: Early Identification Can Change Lives

Autism is treatable. Children do not “outgrow” autism, but studies show that early diagnosis and intervention lead to significantly improved outcomes.

Today, on the 4th Annual World Autism Awareness Day, we are joining  prominent buildings across North America and the world — including the Empire State Building in New York City and the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada — who will turn their lights blue to raise awareness for autism and to commemorate World Autism Awareness Day.

Light it up Blue is aiming to light the world blue all throughout April — city by city, town by town — by taking action to raiseautism awareness in our communities.

So help us, LIGHT it up BLUE this month!

The first thing I made for the hop, is a workbook- that helps a child with colors- As a Special Education teacher, I used lots of charts, checklists, and so on to help the students with Aspergers or Autism.  They are great, because you can really develop them to meet the exact needs and abilities of the individual child.
I used A Child’s Year for the icons, and the font.
On the inside cover, I made a pocket to store the laminated cards.
I also laminated the pages, to give it more durability! 😉

I kept the shapes nice and simple!

I bound the book using a 3/4 o-wire and my Cinch!

The pieces just velcro into place- I (heart) velcro!

The book also has black and orange- but, I thought that was enough pictures of the pages 😀

Here is a close-up of the closure, I added using a chipboard washer, eyelets and some twine– I love this type of old-school closure!Here’s my son working on the book– He LOVED It!!

I was asked by a friend of mine, what sentiments I would use on cards for my kids– since her son was diagnosed with autism, she just couldn’t find the right kind of sentiments for the encouraging cards she wanted to leave him.

So, with that in mind- I designed the Our Kids Stamp set– making the sentiments very kid-friendly!

Here’s a quick lunch-box note I made using, Papertrey Ink’s lunchbox die, Our Kids, a Puzzled Background stamp, and Sports Fanatic Stamp Set

Inside the card :)

I was really inspired by the puzzle background stamp set– so I did 2 other cards using UTEE and the Sizzix Puzzle Pieces die

I stamped the sentiments from Our Kids

and, I kept all of the puzzle pieces flush with the card except the one with the sentiment, which I popped up with Pop Dots.

Okay– now for BLOG CANDY!!

3 Lucky Pink Cricut Friends will win one of the following!

I am giving away a Puzzled Background Stamp

and Our Kids Stamp Set

and a Cricut Sampler Cartridge!


Your next stop is the talented, Joy at Obsessed with Scrapbooking!

Here is the rest of the Lineup!