Autism Talks in Connecticut in April

Just a quick blog to let you know about a couple of speaking gigs in April by Autism Parenting Editor Leslie Burby.


Spotting Signs of Autism

Thursday April 4 at 6:30 p.m.

Southington Library Program Room

Registration Required

April is National Autism Month. The Southington Library is presenting “Spotting Signs of Autism” to promote awareness of this complex mental condition and
developmental disability. Children with autism typically have difficulties in:

  • Pretend play
  • Social interactions
  • Verbal and nonverbal communication

These and other common characteristics will be discussed by Leslie Burby, Special Education Tutor, Plainville resident and author. Ms. Burby’s daughter was diagnosed
with Asperger’s syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She will share her personal experiences searching for an explanation and treatment for her
daughter’s disorder. Early warning signs of autism include, difficulty learning to walk, uncomfortable in new situations, low vocabulary and physical sensitivity.

To cope with the stress, Burby wrote some stories which grew into her book “Grace Asperger Goes to School.” A story about a young girl who takes everything literally
and the problems it causes. The book will be available sometime this summer.

Leslie also co-authored “Emotional Mastery for Adults with Asperger’s – Practical Techniques to work through anger, anxiety and depression” with Mark Blakey,
available through

Ms. Burby will include information from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Center for Disease Control and Birth to Three. Handouts on Autism will be available.
Registration Required. To register for this program on-line go to, click on Calendar or contact the Reference Department
at 860-628-0947 x5.


Have A Night to Remember! Come to the Celebrate FOCUS

April 26th, 2013

Tower Ridge Country Club, 140 Nod Rd., Simsbury, CT

6:30-9:00 PM
$50 per person before April 12th
$60 per person after April 12th
RSVP by April 19th, 2013 to P.O. BOX 452, Canton,
CT 06019
FOCUS Center for Autism helps children, adolescents and young adults with Autism
Spectrum Disorders reach their full potential by providing clinical programming,
community education, and family support. For more information, visit

Special Guest: Leslie Burby

Cash Bar, Hors d’Oeuvres, Buffet Dinner!

Silent Auction and Teacup Raffle

Leslie Burby is the editor of Autism
Parenting Magazine, a writer, and the mother of a child with Autism.

Her first book, “Emotional Mastery for adults with Aspergers” is available on



Leslie Burby

Leslie Burby

Leslie Burby is the former Editor-in-Chief of Autism Parenting Magazine and a public speaker on autism related issues. She is the author of three autism related books: Emotional Mastery for Adult's with Autism (2013); Early Signs of Autism in Toddlers, Infants and Babies (2014); and the children's book Grace Figures Out School (2014).