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For an Autistic Child, TFA Class Sparks an Interest
Until now, Adam hadn’t been interested in the computer. The 3rd grader with high functioning autism preferred to walk in patterns around the classroom instead of sitting at his desk.
But on this day, the instructor was having the kids work with game-making software. The software uses a simple interface that lets students develop a basic computer game. The children are learning about technology at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bastrop County (BGBC) program in Smithville in a partnership with Technology For All (TFA).
The day started out as normal with Adam’s sister, Connie*, taking him gently by the hand and leading him into the classroom. Adam shuffled in the door and stood next to Connie as she sat at the computer, then he paced back and forth behind his sister’s chair as she worked on today’s lesson.
Then something unusual happened. Something on the computer screen caught Adam’s interest and he sat down next to his sister.
“I thought Adam had missed class, because I didn’t see him walking around”, said John Dees, TFA Training Manager who was monitoring the TFA classes.