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Wahkiakum School District receives specialized gear

The swing is used as an aide to students with autism

Volunteers from the Wahkiakum Autism Fund have been busy lately. After brainstorming with local teachers and therapists for children with special needs, the local charity, which works to raise awareness and funds to support children with autism and special needs in Wahkiakum County, purchased and installed a new indoor specialized therapy swing.

The new swing is available to all Wahkiakum students and is located in the special needs classroom in J.A. Wendt Elementary. Called a bolster swing, it can be used to improve a child's strength, coordination, and gross motor skills. Occupational therapists also use the swing as a tool to address sensory processing.

According to the CDC, as of March 23rd of this year, one in 36 (2.8%) 8-year-old children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder. This is an increase from 2018 which was estimated at 1 in 44 (2.3%).

Many families, friends, neighbors and students know someone who has special needs. More information is available at the Wahkiakum Autism Awareness Facebook page. Email walkforautismwah@gmail.com.

 

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