Fullerton students learn about autism through puzzles, games

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Students at Golden Hill Elementary in Fullerton were taught what it means to be autistic at a school party using puzzles and music. (KABC)

Hundreds of children were given a chance to understand what it means to live with autism at an awareness event in Fullerton on Wednesday.

Students at Golden Hill Elementary school in Fullerton tried out puzzles and interactive games that were designed to teach them how autistic children perceive the world and what techniques are used to make them comfortable.

Various sensory stations were filled with items like bubbles, beans or rice. For children with autism, the physical sense of touch can help them stay calm.

"It reorganizes their brain, resets it, makes them more available and calm to learn and observe the world around them," said teacher Kaitlyn Villa.

The event was organized by Fullerton Cares, a group formed to support autism awareness in the Fullerton School District. The party was a precursor to the group's Mardi Gras for Autism fundraising event scheduled for Saturday.
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