Light It Up Blue
Thanks to all of you who completed the Autism Quiz that Carolyn shared with you. Great job Christine, from Kernels Oshawa, and Lily, from Kernels Place D’Orleans, in getting your staff engaged in this quiz. Your stores were both tops in participation! Also, congrats to Lisa Springman from St. Vital for being the first out of the gate to participate! And our random draw prize goes to Franky Malavolta, from Kernels Lime Ridge! Your PopStar Rewards are being sent off to all of you for your efforts in understanding Autism.
In honour of Autism Awareness Month, and Light It up Blue, let’s continue to work together to make a difference! Below are the answers to the quiz:
1. A 7 year old at your store is upset, covering his ears, rocking, and humming loudly. He accidentally knocks over the sample dish. What would you do?
- Walk away.
- Remark that he should be disciplined.
- Offer to help by putting the sample dish back.
- Tell the manager that a shopper needs help.
Answer: C Offer to help by putting the sample dish back.
Explanation: An overwhelming situation can cause an intense reaction for someone with autism. Helping with the sample dish allows the parent to attend to their child.
2. You are surprised when a friend tells you that her youngest daughter was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. How would you react?
- Say, “But she’s a girl, and she doesn’t look autistic to me.
- Ask what you can do to help.
- Say, “That’s terrible. I am so sorry to hear that.”
- Assure her that it’s not a big deal.
Answer: B Ask what you can do to help.
Explanation: Autism is an invisible condition and can impact males and females. While raising a child with autism can present unique challenges, it also provides the joys of parenthood. Be supportive.
3. The bakery clerk doesn’t look you in the eye, or engage in conversation. He gets your cookie order correct and points to your total. What would you say or do?
- “I’d like to speak with your manager.”
- You wouldn’t go back to this bakery.
- Say, “Thank you, you’re doing a great job.”
Answer: D Say, “Thank you, you’re doing a great job.”
Explanation: People with autism may struggle with social interactions. Poor eye contact or awkward social communication does not mean that the person is ignoring you or being rude.
4. A young women with autism is assigned to your group project. What would you think?
- She must be really smart, like Rain Main.
- I’d complain that my group had a person with a disability.
- I would treat her like every other member of the team.
- I’d give her the easiest task.
Answer: C I would treat her like every other member of the team.
Explanation: Most people with autism do not have an intellectual disability. This does not mean that their autism makes them a genius. This is a stereotype that is not helpful.
5. You notice a man in his 40s in line for a movie. He is rocking, flapping his fingers by his head, and making odd noises. How would you react?
- Tell him to stop.
- Tell him that his behaviour is inappropriate.
- Tell him to take a walk and offer to save his spot.
- He’s not doing anything wrong, so let him be.
Answer: D He’s not doing anything wrong, so let him be.
Explanation: Stimming (or self-stimulating behaviour) is just a way some people with autism self-regulate, cope with anxiety or excitement, or express themselves. He’s probably excited to see the movie!
6. A 3rd grader mentions a classmate with autism who looks sad, and sits alone in the lunch room every day. Other kids call him names. What would you say to this child?
- “He probably just wants to be alone at lunch.”
- “Stay away from that kid.”
- “Ask him if he’d like company at lunch tomorrow.”
- “Tell him to go sit with the kindergarteners.”
Answer: C “Ask him if he’d like company at lunch tomorrow.”
Explanation: Most kids with autism would like to make friends, but they may not know how to approach their classmates. Making the effort to ask if they’d like company could make a world of difference.
What else can you do to support Autism Speaks Canada?
- Join the Kernels Popwalkers Team at the Toronto June 4th walk
- Pledge a Kernels Popwalker
- Lead a team in your city at an ASC Local Walk
- Light your home Blue
- Promote a Kernels snack bag fundraiser at your school, place of worship, or within your community
- Be a ASC ambassador to create awareness