Different color pumpkins have different meanings

OKEECHOBEE — If you’ve ever seen a teal pumpkin, you may have wondered why teal? That’s not really a fall color. The reason is that the Teal Pumpkin Project is meant to raise awareness about food allergies, and teal is the color of food allergy awareness. Halloween is a difficult time for families that have […]

Learn the early signs of late development in your child

OKEECHOBEE – It’s devastating to hear that your child isn’t developing as expected. Well-meaning family, friends and even your pediatrician will say things like, “She’s not even 2 yet; she’ll catch up,” and, “He’s not talking because you baby him too much” or “Let’s just wait and see where he is developmentally in six months.” […]

Austim awareness month: What is autism?

April marks the beginning of Autism Awareness Month. So let’s start the awareness! Autism is a complex brain-based disability. Because of this it can be very hard for those of us without autism to understand why people with autism do what they do. We are all born with the ability to easily learn basic skills […]

Okeechobee educators seek ways to reach and teach children on the Autism Spectrum Disorder; Every ASD child is different — there is no “cookie cutter” method for teaching students with ASD

“Every one of the children on the Autism Spectrum is so different,” said Renee Geeting, Okeechobee County School District Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services. Educating children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is particularly challenging because of those differences. According to the Center for Disease Control, Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can […]