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West Pembroke marks World Autism Month

Primary school pupils created an art project as part of a bid to embrace their differences.

Schoolchildren at West Pembroke Primary School created colourful puzzle pieces as part of a project for World Autism Month, which was held in April.

Zola French-Ray, the teacher of the school's Autism Spectrum Disorder class, spearheaded the project.

She said: “No matter our size, colour, shape, likes or dislikes, or learning style, we all fit together.”

Ms French-Ray said that all pupils at the school — including the eight pupils in the ASD class — took part in the project with the help of ASD class teaching assistants Brittany Cox, Donna Govia and Oneka Trott.

Ms French-Ray said that it was “essential” for pupils in the ASD class to be part of all the activities at the Pembroke school.

She added: “The exposure develops social, expressive, and receptive language skills and fosters their innate desire to simply be a child.”

Ms French-Ray said that many pupils in the ASD class also spend time in regular classes among pupils their own age.

She added: “Our students with autism are embraced by their peers in the mainstream classes as a result of their constant and consistent interactions.”

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Published May 03, 2019 at 2:00 pm (Updated May 03, 2019 at 2:00 pm)

West Pembroke marks World Autism Month

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