Evening Program Designed to Help Children with Autism

By Katy Rogers

The FSI Autism organization run by Shawn Coyle, recently collaborated with Madeline English special needs teacher, Shane McNally, to create a fun program that keeps their kids active.  Each Tuesday at 6 p.m., a group gathers alongside the playground in Glendale Park to exercise, meet friends, and have fun.

Many of the participants include families with autistic children, their siblings, parents, and caregivers. However, anyone interested is welcome and encouraged to participate.

Sisters Amelia and Kaia McNally lended a helping hand, sorting out the bracelets by color.

Sisters Amelia and Kaia McNally lended a helping hand, sorting out the bracelets by color.

The program allows the kids to make lifelong friends and look forward to challenging each other in running laps around the park.  After each lap, participants collect a colored bracelet, counting who received the most at the end of the night.  The best part is, everyone is welcome to go at their own pace, so all ages and abilities can participate.

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