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!



  • Wonderful projects and theme for a blog hop to help with awareness.
    I am a follower.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    annadowdy at gmail dot com

  • I absolutely loved your book. I would like to make one of them for my 2 year old just to help him learn his colors. I loved the card you made also.

  • Oh Thank you from the bottom of my heart. This touches my heart. Our 6 year old grandson has Aspergers we just found out about three months ago. We have known for about 4 years that there was something wrong but his mother didn’t want to find out. But she went to a family reunion and her sister is a nurse and she took her aside and told her it wasn’t her fault. BUT we must help Jacob so get him tested. They did and this boy is so loving and gentle and carring, a differentic from day and night. He is very loving and doesn’t act out anymore. He still don’t like changes, large group of people in one place. Everything has it place and we don’t change that.

    Thank you so much Sarah for another chance to win. This win would be for Jacob.


    Donna Scrapp’n Nana want to look,I would love you too.

  • Great projects for Autism Awareness-I am a math and special education teacher and might borrow some of these ideas! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Thank you for posting this. I have a 4 year old daughter that was lucky enough to be diagnosed super early at only 13 1/2 months with severe Autism & because of the early help we were able to give her while I say she will always have her special ways of doing some things and always have Autism, she is living a normal life and has normal friends and is doing things I was always afraid she would never be able to do. My daughter received tons of therapy, which she has now graduated from, but is also on a very strict GFCF diet which has totally saved her life. I would love to win this set. I can see myself making several things for my daughter with this as she is continually amazing me and I’m so proud of her. Thank you for being part of this hop and bringing more awareness for Autism. Great work on your projects. I hope I win!!! I haven’t heard of the sampler cartridge yet, but I do have a Cricut and that stamp has endless opportunities!

  • I use Boardmaker for all my picture symbols for the kids at my school. I have to admit, I have never even thought of using my cricut! Thanks for the great idea.

  • What great projects! I really like the cards that you made – and those sentiments are perfect! How considerate of you to research with a parent of a child with ASD to come up with what to use!
    Thanks for helping to spread awareness, Sarah. This is a HUGE deal and it’s so important to foster understanding in our society.

  • I Love your picture book…You are so awesome Sarah….This is such a wonderful blog hop to raise awareness for autism. Thanks for the chance to win..

  • I love this blog hop! What a great idea. My favorite is the color book. I’m going to make one for my daughter.


  • Thank you so much for having this autism awareness blog. Its a great support. I do not have a child with autism, though one of my friends does.

    Thanks again!
    acmusn2003 at yahoo dot com

  • oh wow such a wonderful hop… I will be a part of a hop with the same theme at the end of the month…. Your book is fantastic. and I sooo love your cards… These stamps are amazing…. You ROCK!!!!!
    Hugggs to you

  • I love the book! What a great idea. Autism affects so many people in so many ways and it is nice to see scrapping for a cause =)

  • Sarah,
    I *love* your book and card!! This is such a great idea and it’s great to see your little man enjoying it as well. Thank you for putting together the puzzle stamp and also the kids sentiments, along with this great hop.

    Marianne S.

  • I love your projects, especially the color notebook – what a wonderful aid for a special needs child. I think it’s wonderful that you all took the time to put together this blog hop to raise awareness of autism.

  • Thank you so much for having a wonderful hop for such a great cause! Your project is so amazing! I also love the sentiments…Gorgeous two projects!

  • Oh I love the book! My grandson is high functioning autistic so I appreciate your part in raising awareness. Thanks so much.

  • What wonderful projects! I love this hop–how touching to hear everyone’s connection to Austism. Thank you so much for hosting this blog 🙂

  • The book with colors is such a great idea!! and your card so wonderful!! You always do such a great job!!

  • I am new to your site and I love it. I have a son with Aspergers and I just love the Kids Stamps – they are perfect and to the point…just what he needs. I am going to have to get these stamps. Thanks for sharing for your ideas and products.

  • What a wonderful way to spread awareness! Love how all your projects turned out! TFS!
    sweetheartcopper at msn dot com

  • Wonderful projects Sarah!!! I really like the color book you made, I might try that one. This is such a wonderful cause, it affects so many.

  • Good job on something basic yet so important. My husband and I were just talking yesterday about the rising statistics of this disease. We don’t remember anyone in our generation being diagnosed with this. Awareness is so important for ealy diagnosis and treatment

  • Love your project. Not only is it great for children with Autism, but for all children. Thanks for getting the word out on Autism.

  • Just found your blog – what a wonderful idea for a blog hop. My nephew was just recently diagnosed, so I am going to “borrow” your ideas.

  • Thank you so much for this awareness blog hop. It amazes me how many young people are affected by this disease. My 5 year old nephew was recently diagnosed with autism and is getting the care and attention that he needs. His parents were in denial for so long, even though family members knew there was something amiss. Early detection is so important. Thank you for caring and having this hop!

  • I have to say this is an amazing idea for a hop. I am kinda obsessed with Autism and go to school to learn about it, I want to eventually become a Advocate for Autism or maybe a councilor for familys who need someone to talk to about the ups and downs of Autism.

    I love your book, it’s a great and fun idea to keep little kids busy while learning.

    Thanks for sharing ;D

  • What great projects. My mother was a special reading teacher and your laminated book brought back lots of memories!

  • Awesome projects and love the encouraging sentiments-I have a great nephew who was diagnosed early as well and he is an awsome little dude.
    Thanks for a terrific informative bloghop ladies.

  • Great idea for a hop. I’m an Occupational Therapist and about 50% – 75% of my students are diagnosed with Autism. Thanks for increasing awareness.

  • Great Book and cards–I know any child would be excited to receive both. Thanks so much for bring attention to Autism Awareness.

  • The book is beautiful, as are the cards! As a primary teacher, this book can be used in the classroom! Great idea! Thank you for bringing awareness to this VERY important issue!

  • Sarah, thank you for sharing such a wonderful book. Love this idea. Thanks for being part of such a wonderful blog hop. So many kids deal with this and getting the awareness out there is so important. Love the kids sentiments. I wish there were more of the kids sentiments when my kids were little. I always sent notes in lunch boxes and overnight bags but I had to hand write the sentiments because there was nothing out there. Your so wonderful in thinking of the need for crafters and then filling that need. THANK YOU!!!
    papermemories4u @ yahoo .com

  • I love your book, and the other projects you made. My Step Son is autistic, so all this awareness hits me right in my heart. Thank you so much for this great hop to create awareness. I have been to the other blogs already and I love all of their projects. Great hop with some great ladies.
    Thansk for the chance to win. I love puzzle pieces, and I could then make some nice things for my SS with. 🙂
    Melissa D

  • So glad you guys are spreading the word. I have a high functioning teen so I know the struggles that we go through. Our kiddos are a blessing and I’m so glad awareness is being created out there. 🙂

  • Sarah I cannot thank you enough for your support & hard work. My son who is 7 yrs old has mild form of Autism. I loved your book but your card made me cry so again thank you from the bottom of my heart. Well bye for now Eileen.

  • I am a retired reading teacher and have been challenged by many children with autism. Hats off to all parents of these special children!! I love your color book-it’s personalized-an important element. I’d love to win so I can use these items with my autistic grandson.

  • I’m also a special ed teacher and love your color book!!! Thank you for sharing and for such a great cause!!

  • Your book is amazing! I really love the interaction of the pages, it is so what kids want. Reading some of the entries here have me in tears; nothing is more important than our children. Thank you so very much for hosting this blog hop for this cause. Eyes will be opened.

  • As a regular ed teacher who has had children with autism and Asperger’s in my class, I applaud all you are doing!

  • I think the book you made is wonderful. I take care of a little 3 year old with autism so the parents can have a night out. My plan is to make a book like this so that he can have something ele to interact with and something special for him . TFS.

  • Sarah did you know that 1 in 70 are boys that are dinosed ?
    My couzin has autisum and every other Wednesday we go to
    support group and learn about it.

    well see ya

  • what an inspiration for all of us to keep going even when the going gets rough! love your projects..velcro – a miracle material!

  • Oh Sarah – I love this book! I have a friend who is a Special Ed teacher and I a definitely going to show this to her. What a fabulous idea! And those new stamps – gotta have those! Thanks for the chance to win them! I have a nephew who has been diagnosed with autism in the last couple of years. He is now 9. He is highly functioning but behind and small – most people would think he was about 5 to look at him. So I am so glad you all are doing this Hop for Awareness 🙂

  • I am so happy I came across your blog hop. When my son was diagnosed in 1993, we were told the odds were 1 in 10,000. How I wish that was still the stat today. Thanks for using your creativity to bring awareness to this growing disability.
    I love your project! It’s too bad I didn’t have an E when we were trying to teach him colors!

  • What awesome projects. This was so considerate of you to help your friend and also share with all of us followers. Thank-you

  • What a wonderful project…the colour my world book is something I can make for my 2 yr old grandson. and the Kids Stamp set is something I have been looking for. Thanks for the chance to win a wonderful prize. thanks for sharing and support.

  • You guys ROCK for doing such an awesome hop for a GREAT cause!!!! Awareness is so much needed and support for families of a child with autism. Great new stamps too, I just love the kids one I am going to go order it!!
    Happy Crafting and HOPPING!!!

  • First of all thanks for the autism awareness blog hop, we need to raise awareness! This has inspired me to go get out a punch of the puzzle piece to make cards as a reminder. I will take “time” today to do this.

  • I am the mother of a 21 year old son with autism. The challenges have been many and the rewards so much more. He graduates in May! So proud of our boy!

  • This is wonderful! I love your picture book…. and your stamps are perfect!

    Thank you so much for sharing & getting the word out about Autism!

    okj83 at live dot com

  • I love the theme of this hop! I have a nephew that has high functioning Aspergers syndrome who I adore. LOVE the color book. It is such a great idea. 🙂 Thanks!

  • Your laminated, bound book is brilliant! Also, your phrases aimed at children are wonderful!

    One question: Do you have a die cut option, or instructions, for cutting the lunchbox note?

  • Love your book and cards! They can also be used for a pre-school aged child. I am in love with your background stamps and new image stamps! I find myself wanting to do more stamping and coloring, which is where I originally started so many years ago. Thanks for hostessing!

  • What a great way to bring awareness to the forefront! Thank you so much for your efforts and for sharing. Great teaching tool.

    Blessings, Donna

  • Your kindness will be appreciated by those whose lives you touch with these well thought out projects. I am going to a fundraiser for autism tonight. Cheers to all of your work and for making others aware

  • Love the book what a wonderful personalized tool. When I made one for my granddaughter, I put a picture of her in that color on the corresponding page.

  • This blog hop is th most inspiring i have ever been on!! not only for autism
    but because it will touch so many many people and hopefullly give them a better understanding, God Bless your talent and your heart

  • Thanks for the awareness hop. I am a regular education middle school teacher always looking to learn more about the students in my inclusion classes. Your book is so cute! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • I love that book. Such a great idea, I think I may try making a similar book for my kids. What a wonderful tool!

  • My friend Kathy has a nephew that is autistic and I will have to tell her about being able to make stuff like this for him and see if she needs one …thanks for sharing the book and all the other projects …the cards are wonderful and I just love the Puzzle Stamp!!! 🙂

  • What a wonderful idea. I have 2 globally delayed children and I am always looking for ways to teach them. Thank you for sharing this idea with us.


  • Yesterday I saw “the Talk” and Holly talked about autism and her son’s progress over the last 10 years. I was not aware that one in every 100 children will develop autism and how little information is available concerning what causes it to happen. This is definitely a cause that I want to become more aware of and help find a cure.

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas and taking part in this hop!

  • I have to tell you this just makes my heart happy! Being a parent of a child with Autism and a crafter this blog hop is AMAZING. Thanks so much for the inspiring projects! You did a great job!! 🙂
    I’m a new follower!

  • You did a great job on the color book. I really like the cards, too. Thanks for sharing.
    tcsobotka at charter dot net

  • These are wonderful ideas. TFS. My nephew has Aspergers, and I love this blog hop.

    dobiemom09 at gmail dot com

  • Kids need to know that thier parents love and appreciate them! thanks for the idea to make cute little notes! the color book is a great idea!! *cheers* ~*PD 🙂

  • Great idea for a Hop. Bringing awareness is always so important. Your projects are awesome! I love the book and the sentiments you created.

    ksully4597 at gmail dot com

  • Great Hop to bring awareness. My friends son has autism. Love your book. I made a chart for my friend to use for her son’s daily activies. I love the book idea. TFS.

  • What great projects! I love that you are doing this blog hop. I used to work with an Autistic classroom of students when I lived in Florida. They were the most amazing children I know. I always think about them and where they are today. They left a little place in my heart. Thank you.

  • What a wonderful Mom you are. Thank you for educating me about autism/asbergers.I love your color book. I’m going to try to make one for my Grandson, Tryg.
    Suz from MN

  • Wonderful idea!! This would help any child!! Great that y’all are spreading awareness like this! keep up the great work!!


  • Want to Thank you for helping bring awareness to Autism. My nephew and his wife have two precious little boys with Autism and yet they are completely different. My nephew and his wife are Awesome parents. So glad you all are having this hop today. Would love to win your giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win. :0)

  • First of all, thank you for doing this hop to bring awareness about Autism. I love your book about colors and your cards! I will have to do one of these for my granddaughters. Thanks again for sharing and for the chance to win. lindagk

  • Great blog hop for a wonderful cause. I love your book, I’m an aid in an elementary school and work with a student with Autism. I am continually amazed and surprised at what he accomplishes. I enjoy my job and love going to work, if you don’t care I’ll probably be scraplifting your book for our classroom . It looks like it would be a good aid for a younger student we have comming in next year. Thanks for the give away.

  • Hi Sarah,
    Where in the world do you find the time to keep up with all these projects? I need some advice from you for sure. I don’t even have kids and I can barely crank out a card or two a week. :p Love your projects. Thanks for the awesome blog candy. I’d love to win! :0)

    XO ~ Amy Jo (follower)
    amyjrockstar at gmail dot com

  • WOW … what a great idea … and a lot of work. Love the puzzle cards and stamps.

    pruttybird at comcast dob net

  • LOVE LOVE your book Sarah!! I made one similar for my lil man. He is 3 and has Apraxia. Often, Autism and Apraxia are mistakenly cross diagnosed and luckily, we caught it early(thanks to the GREAT therapist he has and the group of Doctors who were able to help us). He has a therapist twice a week and attends pre-school. We try to keep him active and around others his age. This hop is near and dear to my heart as well and THANK YOU for bringing awareness!!!


  • Sarah – I love this book. I tried to email you but it says I keep entering the wrong code. Anyway can you post the size of this particular book and the font size you used. I would sure appreciate it.
    dianaherrera at comcast dot net

  • Love your card but that book is outstanding. I made flash cards for the developmental kindergarten class at the school I volunteer at. I think I may give this book a try and give it to them. Thank you for sharing this fantastic idea.
    cstephenson at q dot com

  • OMG!!! Sarah, I LOVE this book!!! What a great idea!!! Your cards are super cute!!! Great hop for a great cause!! Thanks for the chance to win
    reissfam10 at aol dot com

  • Fabulous job on everything, as always. Thanks so much for hosting this very special and meaningful hop. I am a follower. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

  • Such a wonderful book you made for your son. Thanks for hosting such a wonderful hop for such a worthy cause. Thanks for sharing!

  • Just started the book & already am AMAZED! I have young kids & am always looking for things that can bring awareness to them. Thank you for sharing!!!

  • Just started the book & already am AMAZED! I can admit that I dont know much about autism, so thank you for hosting & sharing your information.

  • Thanks for sharing your projects with us, and thanks also for the chance at blog candy!
    But I have to say – thank you, most of all – for making people more aware of autism.
    My cousin is autistic and is now 34. He was diagnosed as a young boy, but honestly, autism was not identified so readily as it is today. Earlier intervention could’ve made a big difference in his life, and that of my uncle’s family.
    Thanks for spreading the word!

  • I absolutely LOVE your book! I am going to make one for my 3 year old godson who was diagnosed with Autism when he was 2. Thank you for sharing!!

  • First off thank you for starting this blog hop. Our son was diagnosed with severe non-verbal Autism when he was 3.5, he’s now 10 and has grown in leaps & bounds. He’s the love of my life. I was just thinking the other day that I need to make him a travel book for his PECS and this gave me the inspiration I needed. Can you please post how you laminated those larger pages? My laminator doesn’t do things that size. Thanks!

  • Thank you for sharing such neat ideas for children…Your hop for autism awareness is very meaningful and definitely promotes more awareness…I know it is needed. Love your blog daily, but this one is especially near and dear…Thank You.

  • I myself have a daughter with autism PPD-NOS and by catching the no talking after 9 months and going thru a speech therapist and getting into a early intervention program at 1 1/2 years old, and continuing at a local school when she turned 3 and omg …early intervention WORKS!!!!! if you suspect anything is wrong please call your pediatrician to start the takes a while to get started but my little girl now will be 4 in Sept talking up a storm, just got potty trained and making so much progress..she now knows her alphabet and can count to like 17..I thank God everyday that I noticed the stacking, spinning in circles, temperament changes, and non talking to get her help. sorry to ramble but I hope someone who know someone with a child like this…catching early is the KEY!!!

  • Awesome job. I totally dig this idea and will use it in my classroom! Thanks for the inspiration! Keep on keeping on. I will have some pictures on my blog of what we are doing at school for Autism Awareness Month.

    Mysterious yes this describes my kid!

  • What a great ideas and sweet inspiration! Thank you for sharing and for helping to raise awareness for this important cause. AJ queenofmynest(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Sarah, your book is really wonderful. The children I work with would love it. Most of them are so tactile or hands on in their learning and would love taking the cards on and off while repeating the words. Really great job. TFS!
    Cindy:) Madison’s mom

  • This blog hop is so inspiring. The book is great. My mom is a teacher and tutor and she has a few kids with Autism in her classes. I love to help her find ways to teach them. This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing your passion.

  • Wow! I just about fell out of my chair when I seen you all was doing a Autism blog hop! This is wonderful! I oldest son which is 10 1/2 yrs old hass high functioning autism. This really makes my day! Way to go guys!

  • I’m so glad you are doing this hop! More people need to be aware of WHAT Autism is. Love your book and think I’d like to make one for my girls too! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  • What a wonderful hop! I love the book. I have two friends whose boys have autism, one cousin with two boys with autism, and another friend whose brother has Asperger’s. I will be busy creating something similar for the rest of the weekend.

  • What an AMAZING book you made. It is truly made just for those with autism or other learning disorders. Your card is also very nice too!

  • Love your book you made! Also your cute cards!! Thanks for doing this blog hop!! Awareness is so very important!!

  • oooo awesome blog hop!!!! I am also a special education teacher. I have 3 students with AU.. one just recently diagnosed and wowo.. its been a challenge for me and HIM! But I have seen him change soo much other might not see it but I do.. wowo.. Thanks for bringing awareness to Autism with this blog hop!!!

    Now let me get to hopping!!


    felkatz at gmail dot com

  • I’m leaving a second comment just to say to all the participants that their individual projects, as well as their dedication to bringing awareness is inspiring. Somewhere I have Coluzzle puzzle pieces. I will be searching for them, and creating once I have found them, thanks to all you ladies.

  • What a great blog hop! We all need to know more about autism as it seems to become more and more prevalent in our lives 🙂

    Your cards are fantastic 🙂

  • I agree with everyone else, this is a great idea! I love the book. My students are older (high schoolers) but I could use the idea with different concepts. The cards are great, too. I love the puzzle background and your stamps are great. Kids don’t always get the encouragement they crave. Thank you again for doing this.

  • What a fantastic idea to bring recognition to others who may not realize how kids w/asp. & autism are affected by everyday things in their world! I LOVE your book you put together…it is PURRRFect for all kinds of ages/stages of kids. And the puzzle cards are clever, too! I hope I win as I could realllly use the different word phrases.

  • What a great cause. Our children are our future. Anything for our kids. I have never tried a book, although I have the bind it all still in the box! Keep up the great work.

  • Thanks for doing this blog hop. I thing we all need to be more aware of Autism. Thanks for a chance to win.

  • Wow Sarah! Not sure where to begin! All of your projects are fantastic! I really like the little book…while my kids do not have autism I think this is a great book for any little kid…def. see myself making something similar for mine! Thanks for the great idea! And I think its great that you put this hop together! With so many children with Autism we really need to bring ‘light’ to it and educate everyone on it! Now to my next stop….

  • This is a wonderful thing for you to do. I have so many friends that have children with autism or aspergers. Just this week help to understand his co-worker who won’t speak to him for 2 years. Told him to look up Aspergers and he said that it fit him to a T now he understands and doesn’t feel slighted anymore.

  • This is a really awesome project. My family has been blessed so far not to have had anyone afflicted with this disorder but I know many people who have autistic children including my next door neighbor. As many have said, this little book would be great for any child learning colors and others could be made for other subjects too. Great idea, Sarah! Thanks for sharing and for offering some very cool blog candy.


  • Your book is fabulous. I have a nephew who has autism and I want to commend you for raising awareness. I think it’s great!

  • Your projects are beautiful Sarah!! I love how your book turned out!! I’m sure you’re a great special needs teacher — this disease definitely needs more awareness && with the special care of people like you, those affected by it, have the ability to conquer it. 🙂

  • What an awesome project you have created! I love the simple layout and fabulous colours. I work with children with autism . . . this project is perfect.
    Thanks for doing a blog hop for autism.
    Thanks for the chance to win blog candy.
    fourkidstwocats at msn dot com

  • This is such a wonderful book! You did an excellent job on it and it looks great! Your son will love using it.

    top29gun at gmail dot com

  • Sarah! This is amazing! I love this blog hop and am going to be making this workbook for my class asap!!! I love your ideas!!! Thank you for the opportunity to understand more about Autism. It really helps~

  • What a wonderful blog hop!!! 🙂 It’s a topic that certainly deserves our attention & it’s great to raise awareness!

    Thanks you so much for sharing your projects and for the chance to win,

    partridgelu at yahoo dot com

  • Great project, I remember my 1st tutorial book I made. It was for sign
    language. I had an older client who loved magazines and soap operas. She
    had a hearing aid but because her diagnosis was MR I didnt know if she
    understood because she nodded to everything, even before the H AID. So we looked thru several magazines and cut out pictures of items she would recognize,
    baby,cold, sweater.etc. placed the picture with the sign on cards and played
    the game every day. She learned 86 signs, (mis diagnosis) and could communicate
    with the staff that wanted to know the signs.That year I recieved a plaque
    for helping clients communicate and she was given $300 to do what she wanted
    to do. That became my first community outing with a client who was institutional-
    ed. I work in the institution for 10years and out in the community for 18
    years. I worked a total of 28 years until I went on disability/retirement.I loved my job but couldnt continue due to several work related back injuries. to make a long story short, I miss my job. DawnRI

  • Hi I love your book. I am a retired first grade teacher. I can relate. This is a wonderful cause. I am so happy that more people are learning about this and understanding how little we know about how our brains work and how much we need to learn and are learning from these amazing children.

  • I love the colors book. You have inspired me to make one for my grandaughter who will be 2 next week. This is my first time on you site and I’m sure I’ll be checking you regularly. Thanks for the info on autism.

  • This hop is great! I’ve dealt with a few autistic chidren as a preschool teachers aide and I love all the blog ideas. TFS.

  • Thanks so much for your blog Hop. I have a friend whose son has Autism and it can be a hand full for her when her husband’s gone on deployment. I’m so glad to say I’m there when she needs help. God bless all who help and support people with Autism.

  • This is an awesome blog. My niece, who is 28, is autistic and has behavior problems, so my sister has her hands full. I would love to win your blog candy.


    Carmen L
    cal8007 at aol dot com

  • Thanks for bringing light to this cause. My daughter does not have autism but is mentally handicapped and requires large amounts of love and patience.

  • Thank you for putting this information out there. I’m sure it is helpful to so many families. I love your website and all of the ideas.

  • This is beautiful. I love this idea. I keep thinking of what to make my son who is almost two and needs to start learning his colors/letters. I made something similar to this with a crayon box but this just seems more versitile. Thanks for sharing this idea! I love it.

  • I want to say how I JUST LOVE this book. My daughter is 2 and I think this would be a great thing to create for the kids she goes to daycare with. I have a project for this weekend!! Need to go grab that photostory machine and a cinch!! :O)

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