I’m going to skip my biweekly words of reflection today and talk about something important going on this month. While bees spread pollen during spring, organizations are spreading awareness about autism in April.

There will be several activities running this month that will help raise awareness about autism, which is defined by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke as, “complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior.” It is estimated that “three to six children out of every 1,000 will have an autism spectrum disorder.”

For more information, you can check out the NINDS website. And to find out what you can do participate in activities or help spread awareness, visit grassroots organization the Autism Society’s website. If you have any other resources, please leave a comment below.

Now on to our top 5 of the week including one post dedicated to this cause. Have a great weekend!

Never Write Anyone Off

(Guideposts to Happiness) – Despite mistreatment, Guideposts to Happiness blogger Will Meecham has not only forgiven his step-mom, but can honestly say he loves her. Read this and you may find the inspiration you need to transform your own tragedies into a gift of healing.

Parenting Books for the Non-Tiger Mothers

(Always Learning) – Have you read author Amy Chua’s book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother? If her words of motherly advice did not resonate well with you, don’t worry because we’ve got a book list especially for the Teddy Bear mother that you will love.

Self-Care and Survival: Getting Through the Tough Times

(The Therapist Within) – Are you going through a tough time right now? Here is a list of questions that will help you find the support and self-care you need to get through it.

Five New Books About Autism

(Therapy Soup) – Looking for resources to help you communicate with your autistic child? Are you a parent with autism who wants to help your child understand and deal with what you are going through? If you are a parent, child, teacher and/or friend of someone with autism, this book list is for you.

Are You a Validator or Self-Validator? Read This for More Validation.

(Mental Health Humor) – Along with his usual funny cartoon, Chato’s got a quiz to help you discover if you are a validator (someone that seeks validation externally) or a self-validator (a person who finds validation within himself). Laugh, read and then discover yourself in this entertaining and informative post.