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A local schoolteacher here is spearheading Autism Awareness Parent group, with the first meeting scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 16, at 10 a.m. at the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Library.
Penny Daniel, a fifth grade teacher at South Lincoln School, who is a parent of an Autistic child, is currently working with a few mothers of children with Autism.
“Parents of children who are diagnosed with any type of disability know it is a difficult thing,” said Daniel.
“Autism is such a broad spectrum diagnosis that there are many different levels of children who are diagnosed with it,” she continued.
Asperger’s Syndrome is on the autistic spectrum and has many differences that are included with that diagnosis.
“I just know that sometimes when a parent has a child who is having a difficult time, whether it’s at home, school, church or just getting out in public, it can be a scary experience. Even though many of these children are so different, there are many similarities, as well,” she explained.
“Sometimes just knowing that they are not alone and there is someone out there who understands that might help them to make it through a difficult time.”
Daniel hopes that eventually the group will be able to sponsor some events and try to develop a nonprofit organization that could help children and parents even more.