Fairfield school marks Autism Awareness Month

By From page A4 | April 12, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Blue T-shirts and the playground game of wall ball were among events Friday at K.I. Jones Elementary School to mark Autism Awareness Month.

Teachers and others wore the Autism Awareness T-shirts while sixth-grader Amanda Craenembroeck, 11, a general education student, was among those who joined children with autism in playground games.

“I felt like it was a big honor to help kids,” Craenembroeck said.

Michele Giacomini, school principal, said pairing children from the Transitional Academic Program with those in general education is part of the overall approach at K.I. Jones.

“It extends what we already do,” she said. “We believe in acceptance.”

Sherryl Wilder, a para-educator, said children with autism have different learning levels but all are prepared for instruction.

“They like it,” she said of joining their general education peers on the playground. “They like the games.”

The play, said Beverly Warrick, a teacher of fourth- to sixth-graders in the transitional program, is a big help in boosting social skills.

Giacomini cited the benefits.

“This is how we build relationships,” she said.

Teachers, para-educators and others work hard to make the school’s efforts successful, Giacomini said.

“I’m so very proud of our programs here,” she said.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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  • Rolling Hills ParentApril 12, 2014 - 6:00 am

    I LOVE hearing stories like this... Im sure other schools did this, But K.I Jones did it big and made alot of children very happy.. Keep the positive stories coming.. Its what our town needs :)

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