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Tips for a Healthy and Happy Summer!

July has arrived, and it’s time to start enjoying the summer! The summer is a great time to get out of the house and enjoy some fun family activities. This month’s Community Connections is full of tips and resources to help you and your family have a healthy and happy summer!  

Happy 4th of July from Autism Speaks!

Fun and Helpful Summer Tips! 

Looking to be outside without melting or your kiddos having melt-downs? Here are some ideas from Emerge & See Education Center for keeping the kids engaged, outdoors, and active with the family in the dog days of summer!

"Although spontaneity is liberating and fun for us, for kids on the spectrum it can lead to anxiety. It’s best to make a schedule for the day, you can share it verbally as a reminder, or create a quick word document with some pictures of the activities you have planned. If you want to leave room for something “off the cuff” make sure you say “something different” or a “surprise” is possible so they aren’t caught off guard."

Click here to read 12 more great tips from Emerge & See!

Health and Wellness All Year Round!

Living a healthy lifestyle is so important for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. This website will provide families with information and resources pertaining to fitness, nutrition and sleep. We hope this page will help you and your family to achieve healthy and happy lives!

Check out all of our resources here!

Expert Speaks: Eric Chessen, Autism Fitness

One of the biggest obstacles is not knowing what to do or what activities are appropriate. We truly need a rebirth of Physical Education for young people with autism. With the dramatic changes that are possible from physical activity, there is no excuse for denying the ASD population the right to play activities.

Let's plan and play for a stronger, healthier, happier generation of individuals with autism!

Visit for lots of tips and resources from Eric!

Live Chat!

Last year, Autism Speaks hosted a live chat with Phillip Parham, a contestant on season six of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser: Families” and parent of a child with autism, and Eric Chessen, M.S., a fitness specialist and consultant dedicated to working with the autism population. The goal of this live chat was to bring the advocate community together to talk about the importance of healthcare for everyone – with an emphasis on those affected by the autism spectrum.

Click here to read the transcript.

Go Social for a Healthier You and Benefit Autism Too

There are two things more precious than your time - your family and your health. Autism Speaks launched an exciting new campaign to get the autism community active and focused on improving their physical and emotional health, because advocates and caregivers need their strength.

Join the campaign and get active with Careverge!

Click here to read a blog post about the partnership. 

Tips from Nutritionist Melissa P Roessler MS, RD

Summer is a wonderful time of year for many reasons. To begin with, the warmth of the sun is welcoming following winter and spring, begging us to be outside and frolic in nature. The same warm sun also provides wonderful seasonal, local fresh fruit and vegetables that have immense benefits to our health.

Click here for few pointers on how to nutritionally enjoy these summer months. 

National Park Service Access Pass

The National Park Service provides Access Passes to individuals with autism! An Access Pass is a free, lifetime pass - available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States that have been medically determined to have a permanent disabilitythat provides access to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by five Federal agencies!

Go to to learn more about how you and your family can have fun at a park or recreation site near you!

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