The Special Connection: [words] Bookstore Raising Awareness on Autism All April

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WORDS bookstore in Maplewood, known for being a haven for families with children with special needs, has kicked off a month-long series of events in observance of Autism Awareness Month. Last night they held a ceremony to Light It Up Blue and the rest of the month’s free activities at [words] include readings by authors of some of the year’s best books on autism, workshops for parents and teachers to help children with autism learn through iPads, yoga for children with special needs, and a lecture on medication options by an autism school psychiatrist.

WORDS opened its doors on January 9, 2009, adding an independent bookseller’s marquee to the shops and restaurants along Maplewood Avenue. Owners Jonah and Ellen Zimiles envisioned WORDS as both a neighborhood bookstore and an operating vocational program for people with autism. The store is designed to be a welcoming, comfortable environment for autistic kids, the staff is specially trained to serve the needs of those with autism, and several WORDS employees are autistic.Read our interview with the Zimiles here.

Here is the schedule of events and activities thorough the month of April:

TCI presents Medication Options for Individuals with Autism
Who:
Adults
What: Presented by The Children’s Institute. Learn to recognize target behavior associated with autism spectrum and the role of medication in an overall plan of treatment. Dr. Faber will also discuss the importance of a collaborative approach in addressing autism.
Where: Words Bookstore, 179 Maplewood Avenue, Maplewood, NJ
When:  Tuesday, April 3 at 7:30 pm.
Cost: Free. Register online here.

iPads + Your Special Needs Child
Who:
Adults
What: Mark Mautone has over 18 years experience in special education and has been educating children with autism specifically for the past seven years.  He is the president of ITPADD, an in-demand technology company providing training, programming, and tech support for children and adults with disabilities. He is also a lead teacher at an Applied Behavior Analysis Program for children with autism.
Where: Words Bookstore, 179 Maplewood Avenue, Maplewood, NJ
When:  Thursday, April 5 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, April 14 at 10:30 am
Cost: Free.

Pedro’s Whale with illustrator Justin Canha
Who:
Pre-K – elementary school, teachers and parents.
What: This enlightening story will help teachers maximize inclusion and ensure that students with and without disabilities reach their full potential. An ideal teaching tool, Pedro’s Whale will inspire educators to harness their students natural motivations. The engaging, full-color illustrations (by Justin Canha, a gifted artist on the autism spectrum) also makes this book perfect for story-time.
Where: Words Bookstore, 179 Maplewood Avenue, Maplewood, NJ For more information call 973-763-9500
When: Sunday April 15, 2012 at 2 pm.
Cost: Free. Buy the book!

Second Sundays: Special Afternoons for Special Kids
Who:
Special needs kids ages 3 – 10 and 11+ and their families.
What: Free monthly event at WORDS bookstore.
Where: WORDS, 179 Maplewood Avenue, Maplewood, NJ.
When: Second Sunday of the month. Sunday, April 15 – Special Needs Yoga. Ages 3 – 10 class from 2 pm – 3 pm / Ages 11 + from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm.
Cost: Free. Space is limited. Email here with your child’s name, age and date of the session you want to attend. 973.763.9500.

Eccentricity with author and illustrator Anie Knipping
Who:
Adults
What: “My name is Anie, I’m autistic, and I wrote/illustrated this book to show you what it’s like to live in my head. Enjoy my oversensitive sensory system, the surreal nature of living with Synesthesia, illustrated maps of social/sensory theories I’ve made to make sense of the world, the history of the people who live in my head, and more.”
Where: Words Bookstore, 179 Maplewood Avenue, Maplewood, NJ
When: Saturday, April 21 at 4 pm
Cost: Free.

Following Ezra with author Tom Fields-Meyer
Who:
Adults looking for an inspiring book.
What: Full of tender moments and unexpected humor, Following Ezra is the story of a father and son on a ten-year journey from Ezra’s diagnosis to the dawn of his adolescence. It celebrates his growth from a remote toddler to an extraordinary young man, connected in his own remarkable ways to the world around him.
Where: Words Bookstore, 179 Maplewood Avenue, Maplewood, NJFor more information call 973-763-9500.
When: Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 1230 pm.
Cost: Free. Buy the book!

Esau’s Blessing with author Ora Horn Prouser
Who:
Adults
What:  A fresh look at Biblical characters through the lens of disability. Ora Horn Prousers shows how the symptoms of ADHD, depression, mental retardation, speech impediments, gifted learning, and physical disabilities appear in the Bible, and shows how the Bible teaches us how to respond with acceptance and compassion.
Where: Words Bookstore, 179 Maplewood Avenue, Maplewood, NJ
When: Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 3 pm.
Cost: Free. Buy the book!

Autism Parent and Educator Reception
Who:
Adults
What: Join special guest, Priscilla Gilman, and [words] staff at an annual reception on autism.
Where: Words Bookstore, 179 Maplewood Avenue, Maplewood, NJ
When:  Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 6:30 pm
Cost: Free. RSVP Suggested:  events@wordsbookstore.com

The Anti-Romantic Child with author Priscilla Gilman
Who:
Adults
What: From an accomplished Wordsworth scholar and the mother of two young boys comes a beautiful amalgam of memoir and literature exploring the complexity of our hopes and illusions for a classically romantic childhood.
Where:  Words Bookstore, 179 Maplewood Avenue, Maplewood, NJ
When:  Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 8 pm.
Cost: Free. Buy the book!

He Talks Funny with author and illustrator Jeanne Buesser
Who:
All ages
What: Children often have trouble accepting those who are differently abled. In the illustrated children’s book, He Talks Funny, parenting columnist Jeanne Buesser addresses the challenges, such as bullying, faced by special needs children with Apraxia and other speech impairments. This important book with charming illustrations seeks to foster understanding and tolerance for differently abled children with speech disorders.
Where: Words Bookstore, 179 Maplewood Avenue, Maplewood, NJ
When: Saturday, April 28 at 4 pm
Cost: Free.

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