Early Learner's take Autism for a stroll

Ready to roll: Staff and pre-schoolers from Blayney Early Learners get ready to head off on their morning walk around Blayney. Photo: Contributed.
Ready to roll: Staff and pre-schoolers from Blayney Early Learners get ready to head off on their morning walk around Blayney. Photo: Contributed.

Pre-school teachers are used to spending a lot of time on their feet, comfortable shoes are a pre-requisite of the job.

Wearing the distinctive green t-shirt of Walk for Autism the staff at Blayney Early Learners will be giving their feet, and those of the pre-schoolers, a work-out over eight days as they raise awareness of a condition that impacts many families.

Vowing to walk 10,000 paces a day for more than a week, pre-schoolers and staff from Blayney Early Learners are raising awareness of issues to do with autism.

Walk for Autism involves children and staff from the facility taking daily walks around Blayney over eight days as well as fund-raising for Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect).

"Each day we're doing 10,000 steps for eight straight days, going on walks with the children," staffer Libby McFeeters explained.

The staff and students won't go unrewarded though, they'll be enjoying a few treats later in the day.

"We're doing afternoon teas with families as well; it's about supporting all children," fellow staffer Johannah Francis added.

Walk for autism is a free virtual walking event, which means you can do it at your own pace, in your own time.

Autism spectrum affects millions of Australians with symptoms including over-sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells or light which cause sensory overload and make physical and social situations challenging

Autism Spectrum Australia works in partnership with people of all ages on the autism spectrum, providing a tailored support journey that continually adapts to the needs of each person.