Autism Awareness Month 2017


“Autism impacts the normal development of the brain in the areas of social interaction, communication skills, and cognitive function. Individuals with autism typically have difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities.”

April is Autism Awareness month, and I’m lucky enough to be part of RJ Scott’s blog hop.

This year’s theme is animals.

Though I love most animals, (snakes will forever make me shudder, I’m afraid) my favourites are probably cats. I have three, and they are stubborn, spoilt, stuck up, and also awesome. Despite causing mass destruction in the kitchen at times, they never fail to cheer me or the kids up when we’re feeling down about something.


While panicking about what to write for this blog post, the lovely Rachel Maybury pointed out several articles that describe how cats have had a positive impact on an autistic child’s life. I’d like to share this one from the Autism Speaks website.

As a thank you for checking out my blog today, I’m offering a giveaway of any ebook from my backlist, which you can find here.  Just leave me a comment to enter. Winner to be drawn on May 1st.

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23 Responses to Autism Awareness Month 2017

  1. Dani says:

    Thank you for sharing!
    Bitten By Design

  2. susana says:

    Thank you for sharing the interesting article. I love cats as well. I live with a cute and really spoiled kitty, and I love her to bits

  3. Tanja says:

    Thank you for sharing. Who doesn’t love a kitten?

  4. Thanks for writing about this important topic! And thanks for the chance!

  5. farmwifetwo says:

    I wasn’t goin to wade in. I have been avoiding asdland for some time . But my son was excited to wear a blue shirt to school yesterday . So, I did.

  6. jenf27 says:

    Thanks for participating on the hop! I love this year’s theme. Our cat cheers us up too. Whether with affection or his crazy antics.

  7. Trix says:

    I’m learning so much on this tour!

  8. Sherri S. says:

    More of a dog person, lol.

  9. Lyndsay says:

    My son with autism (and Down syndrome) never paid any attention to our animals until our latest beagle Bella. He laughs and smiles at her. She’s now a certified/registered therapy dog working with children because of her amazing temperament with people of all abilities.

  10. Shirley Ann Speakman says:

    Thank you for the post I love cats to and have seen in the newspaper recently how a cat helped a boy with Autism his family were amazed at the difference in his behaviour.

  11. H.B. says:

    Thanks for taking part in the hop. We use to have a cat but some of my family members are allergic now so we had to find her a new home. Thank you for the link.

  12. I love cats too. But allergies too severe. It would be heart breaking to introduce a cat, have child bond, then find out they are allergic.

  13. Angel says:

    I love cats we have a bunch. That was actually helpful for me today. I have a cousin that has autism and his grandparents are still looking for information. Thank you

  14. Great article! Not to mention an adorable image!

  15. Toni says:

    Thank you for sharing!

  16. Snake – eek, I’m with you!

  17. suze294 says:

    Thanks for the thoughts. I am a cat person too and hours can be whiled away giving the cats all the stroking they think they deserve!

  18. Susan says:

    I know a couple autistic kids and animals, especially cats do seem to be a favorite.

  19. Jillian Too says:

    You have such a cute cat!

  20. iriethetengu says:

    Wow that kitty is so cute 😊
    Bitten by Mistake

  21. looney589 says:

    Thank you so much.

  22. Suzanne Edwards says:

    I love your kitty! I really loved the pics of the kitten in the tub with Iris 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

  23. Trix says:

    Such a cute photo, and thank you for the post!

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