National Autism Awareness Month There’s been a lot of talk about routinely short lunch periods and the negative effects of these on students’ eating habits. However, one segment of the student population can be even more affected by this problem: kids with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). For them, the smells, lights, noises and movement of a cafeteria can overwhelm their senses, making it difficult to concentrate on filling up, especially during an ever-shorter time span. But lunch is just one piece of a difficult puzzle for kids with ASD, who number 1 in 68, according to government estimates. April marks National Autism Awareness Month, and you might notice the multicolored puzzle-piece ribbon used to honor it. The puzzle pattern, according to the Autism Society, represents the complexity of the autism spectrum, while the variety of colors represent the diversity of those who live with the condition. For more information, visit www.autism society.org.
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