Stu­dents learn about autism

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

MAN­NING Pri­mary School stu­dents dressed in blue for a good cause.

As part of Autism Aware­ness Week, the stu­dents wore blue out­fits or used blue hair­spray on March 31 with $377 be­ing raised.

The week cul­mi­nated with an as­sem­bly that fea­tured Autism As­so­ci­a­tion of Western Aus­tralia ex­ec­u­tive man­ager Paul Baird, who talked about the de­vel­op­ment con­di­tion.

Par­ent Deane Crid­dle, whose son Brax­ton is liv­ing with autism, said the idea of the day started from his wife Kodie.

“There are about five or six stu­dents at the school liv­ing with autism and we held an event last year in some of the class­rooms,” he said.

“The idea this year was to hold it across the school and the prin­ci­pal Craig Ashby was sup­port­ive.

“The kids re­acted well to it; I think they al­ready knew a bit about autism.”

Mr Crid­dle said he was pleased with the pos­i­tive re­sponse from the school com­mu­nity.

Pic­ture: Stephen Heath

Man­ning stu­dents dressed in blue as part of Autism Aware­ness Week.

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