WMS Book Club raises awareness for Autism

WMS Book Club raises awareness for Autism
Posted on 05/19/2017
WMS Book Club raises awareness for Autism

WMS Book Club raises awareness for AUTISM


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Mockingbird is a novel that was read in the Ware Middle School Book Club. The book is about a girl named Caitlin who was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome.

In Caitlin’s world, things are good or bad; black or white; and there is nothing “in between”. Things that are “in between” are very confusing to her.

Throughout the novel, the author (Kathryn Erskine) explains the world through Caitlin’s eyes. Her world has many colors and is confusing for her to fully understand.

As a culminating activity, the members of the Ware Middle School Book Club decided to help support Autism Awareness in our building by making bracelets and key chains to sell at our school store.  Profits will be donated to the Autism Awareness Organization.

According to the www.autismspeaks.org website,  Asperger syndrome is one of several previously separate subtypes of autism that were folded into the single diagnosis autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with the publication of the DSM-5 diagnostic manual in 2013.   

 Asperger syndrome was generally considered to be on the “high functioning” end of the spectrum. Affected children and adults have difficulty with social interactions and exhibit a restricted range of interests and/or repetitive behaviors. Motor development may be delayed, leading to clumsiness or uncoordinated motor movements. Compared with those affected by other forms of ASD, however, those with Asperger syndrome do not have significant delays or difficulties in language or cognitive development. Some even demonstrate precocious vocabulary – often in a highly specialized field of interest.