Second graders trying to do everyday fine motor tasks.
April is Autism Awareness month and students at Union Mill had an opportunity to participate in a sensory simulation activity during P.E. classes. Students experienced an obstacle course that simulated activities children with autism find helpful such as jumping, bouncing, pressure, etc. Students were rotated to other stations that simulated challenges for some children with autism (perception confusion, fine motor challenges, and filtering out external stimuli). It was a great way for students to gain a better understanding of autism – and, with understanding, comes empathy and support.