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Mother uses autism awareness month to teach community about the disorderSubmitted: 04/06/2018
Phylicia Ashley
Phylicia Ashley
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Mother uses autism awareness month to teach community about the disorder
RHINELANDER - April celebrates autism awareness month.
Pearl Fessenden thought it was the perfect time to teach her community about how her 9-year-old autistic son Matthew goes through life.
This week Central Elementary School students participated in lesson plans around autism.
Students also talked with Fessenden about what they've learned about autism.
"Matthew has his own way of showing autism and no other kids have the same way," said 10-year-old Violet Biolo. 

Fessenden's goal this month was to make sure her son had a supportive community.
She helped plan events and activities for the month.
"I wanted to make sure that the kids that didn't know my son that were coming from other schools, weren't afraid weren't cautious and hesitant to get to know him," said Fessenden. 


Fessenden reached out to the Organization of Autism Research.
It provided lesson plans and books for all students at Central Elementary School.


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