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Wednesday 20 April 2022 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Local, National
Autism Cook Islands kicks off its holiday programme with an art class. Caleb Fotheringham/22041923
Kat Jensen from Autism Cook Islands said a lot of autistic children had artistic abilities.
“They enjoy art and they have had a fantastic
time today,” Jensen said.
“Hori has got them drawing things they like to
draw, he’s got them outside to pick things they want to draw and he’s spending
one and one time with them.”
The day was divided into two groups for
primary and secondary aged children, 17 people attended the art class.
Drawings ranged from Sonic the Hedgehog to Lego
Miller, who volunteered his time to take the
class said: “It’s been good, the kids have been teaching me more than I’ve been
Miller said he was always surprised by
children's eye for detail.
He started the lesson by teaching basic design
which moved to the children drawing what they liked.
The next events in the holiday programme are
the Airport Fire and Aviation family visit on April 27, and Tumutoa Tours family
visit on April 28.
Jensen said the Tumutoa tour will see the
children weaving, husking coconuts and fire dancing with unlit sticks.
A parent of one of the children, Nate Nelio
said the holiday programme was “just fantastic”.
“It’s excellent, it’s definitely good for the
kids, I find it just broadens their imagination and everything like that,
especially with this (art) programme happening at the moment,” Nelio said.
“It gives them something out of the normal to
do but it also lets them interact with other kids.”
Jensen said the organisation will also have a
session this week with the Cook Islands Autism’s parents on the new transition programme.
“That’s getting our end of school-age children
ready to go into the workforce, so it’s just an introduction to the parents on
how we think this programme is going to work,” Jensen said.
Jensen thanked Apii Avarua School principal,
Engia Baxter for the use of the school hall for the art session.