April 10, 2017
If having fun was the main aim of the South Burnett Autism Support Group’s day in the park on Saturday, organisers should be giving themselves a big pat on the back.
But if it was to build awareness in the community about the developmental condition known as autism, they succeeded in doing that equally well, too.
The day in Memorial Park, Kingaroy, was billed as “Autism In The Park” which conjures up thoughts of tables of brochures.
It was anything but.
Although there were the obligatory information sheets, there were plenty of fun activities for children to enjoy, everything from hula hoops and a jumping castle to a very-popular face-painting stall.
And then there were the sensory tables which enabled children with or without autism to test their different senses.
At the smelling station, participants could try to identify the smells in small containers; “matching halves” encouraged participants to match up two decorated cards; while at the texture board people could feel different items while blindfolded.
Especially popular was the sound board where children were making various types of sounds.
Support Group vice-president Tracey Aberle said more than 200 people had come along to enjoy the activities – more than they had hoped for – and a couple of families had inquired about joining the association.
“We usually hold a quiz night to raise funds,” Tracey said. “But this year we decided to give back something to the community.”
Sponsors for the day included Swickers, who donated the meat for the sausage sizzle; Brumby’s and Jen’s Party Hire.
The South Burnett Autism Support Group meets in the Stanwell Room at SBcare in Kingaroy from 7:00pm on the first Friday of every month.