Tuesday, November 23, 2010

N.J. Students with Autism Gain Skills and Experience at High School

It’s the start of another lively lunch period at Brick Township High School.
While many students grab cafeteria trays and get in line for some hot food, others head to the snack bar for lighter fare.
Behind the counter, Tim Doyle and Eric Long, both 16, are taking care of a steady stream of customers, fielding orders and working the cash register.
"Can I have a Yoo-hoo?"
"Can I have the blue Sun Chips?"
"Can I have a red Gatorade?"
The students know to use colors when they’re ordering because Tim and Eric have limited language and reading abilities. Both boys have autism, and working in the store is an important part of their education.

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