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Students with autism adapting to new normal, different challenges during pandemic


Teachers and staff at the Heidt Center of Excellence in Madisonville are helping ease the transition for students with autism, who have trouble with change.

“With students with autism, you have to be very explicit with them and tell them things straight forward, and, right now, we don’t have all the answers. We don’t really know everything, so it’s really hard to explain everything in those black and white terms that they learn best with,” Shelby Yates, the lead intervention specialist at the Heidt Center of Excellence, said.

About 100 kids are enrolled in the autism program at the Heidt Center of Excellence.