Autism Awareness Month - Blow Bubbles 4 Autism

Special Kids Foundation Execute Director Lisa McBride and a teacher at Sutter Elementary school in Antioch California is participating on what could be the largest collaborated effort considered to bring awareness to the world about autism by blowing bubbles. School children, teachers, administrators and parents at two of AUSD's elementary schools will be participating in a simultaneous bubble blowing event, blowing bubbles, wishes for a cure, more successful therapies, and greater acceptance for those with Autism to the sky.

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Antioch Calif. (PRWEB) March 31, 2010

Special Kids Foundation is encouraging all elementary schools to participate in the international campaign for autism awareness on April 29th at 9:50AM.

Special Kids Foundation Execute Director Lisa McBride and a teacher at Sutter Elementary school in Antioch California is participating on what could be the largest collaborated effort considered to bring awareness to the world about autism.

FACES in New Jersey is working with many organizations across the world is hoping to make a worlds record of people blowing bubbles simultaneously. If this does occur, this event will be listed in the Guinness World Book as a historical event. Participating in this herculean effort at Sutter Elementary will be California Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord). Senator DeSaulnier is also the Chairperson for the East Bay Autism Regional Task Force.

Senator DeSaulnier, California House Assemblymembers Tom Torlakson (D – 11th District) and Joan Buchanan’s (D – 15th District) have jointly acknowledge the willingness to bring forth more awareness of this epidemic and recognizes community leaders such as Mrs. McBride for her tireless efforts in working with individuals and families impacted by autism. Senator DeSaulnier will be presenting Proclamation to Lisa McBride and Special Kids Foundation for their continued support of the autism community. This presentation places importance not to those impacted by autism; but to all the students who will be participating in the event that personal achievements are valued by everyone.

Autism Awareness Month aim is to encourage everyone to accept and value diversity for a person who is impacted by autism. Bubbles have significance in the early childhood years through to adulthood. They are used in activities for skill development and the figurative expression of feelings of isolation as well as in a technique for developing communication skills. Through understanding bubbles and their many forms for an autism person, it is hoped that “Blow Bubbles 4 Autism” will help the community to understand and accept a person with autism.

Blowing bubbles can be lots of fun and is a very therapeutic activity for children with autism and others with speech impairments. Some of the developmental benefits include:

  •     Improving oral motor skills and control of breath by blowing bubbles
  •     Strengthening eye muscles when watching bubbles as they float to the ground or the sky
  •     Building attention skills as children concentrate on blowing bubbles
  •     Strengthening motor skills and improving hand eye coordination by reaching for and popping bubbles
  •     Relaxing with the rhythm of blowing bubbles as they watch them float

“I live within a bubble” is how many children and adults with autism describe the sense of emotional isolation they experience. Living within society but confused and baffled by the behaviors of other people creates a feeling of living within the community but somehow apart from it. The inability to read faces and body language, and understand emotions and communication challenges, can mean many attempts at friendship are unsuccessful. They may then retreat into solitary pleasures to avoid negative experiences of attempting to make friends.

Special Kids Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization. Special Kids Foundation helps families with all disabilities in the Eastern Contra Costa County. This organization provides support, activities, awareness and education to many families who are impacted.

Press inquiries, interview request or other queries should be sent to Lisa McBride at lisamcb5 (at) pacbell (dot) net.

Event Details:
Date/Time: April 29, 2010 at 9:50AM until 10:15AM
Location:
Sutter Elementary School
3410 Longview Road
Antioch, CA 94509
(925) 706-4146

Website URL: http://www.spkids.org
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