Helping Hands in Clifton Park specializes in teaching children with autism

CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. (NEWS10) — A local school that specializes in teaching children who are on the autism spectrum went blue on World Autism Awareness Day.

Many at the Helping Hands school in Clifton Park were wearing blue Thursday.

The school teaches young children with a variety of special needs with classes and lessons specifically geared toward each child to not only reach them, but engage them.

“I think it’s important to get it out there because I think it looks different with different children, I think there are children who can function fairly well, and can go on to gain employment, be independent live in their own house drive a car there may be some who are never that independent they need some adult support,” said teacher Karen Nagy.

Nagy says the biggest misunderstanding about autism is when someone sees a child acting out and their reaction might be to get annoyed.  But what many don’t understand is that the child truly doesn’t understand that the behavior is inappropriate.

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