Field Elementary School teaches students autism awareness - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Field Elementary School teaches students autism awareness

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's a unit that teaches children compassion and understanding for their peers who have autism.

Families For Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) paired with Field Elementary to teach students about the autism spectrum.

Students who have siblings with the disorder gave presentations for the other children about their experiences. Field Elementary School has a higher-than-usual population of students with autism and special needs.

Teachers say that makes the other students more aware.

"They are included into the regular classroom, where they work with their peers," said Jamie Pantess, a special needs teacher. "The peers help them, they help their peers, and they're each able to show that their learning needs are met in different ways."

Autism is now the fastest growing developmental disorder in the U.S., with one in 68 children diagnosed along the spectrum.

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