Uxbridge native to run marathon as Flutie Foundation representative.
The marathon is Ms. L'Heureux's latest step in her drive to improve autism education. She brought the idea for using iPads to teach students with autism to the Annie E. Fales Elementary School in Westboro, and is seeking to do the same at BSU. Additionally, she provides home care and is currently working with an 11-year-old child with autism in Rhode Island.
While attending Uxbridge High School, Ms. L'Heureux participated in a program where half the day was spent in a kindergarten classroom in which a few students had learning disabilities.
She completed her student teaching at Johnson Early Childhood Center in Weymouth, where she worked primarily with preschool students diagnosed with autism - many of whom were nonverbal. Throughout the years, her fascination has grown in the field, since each student with autism is so unique.
Ms. L'Heureux uses the iPad through use of the Proloquo2Go application. The students expressively communicate through pictures, and teachers use it to enhance receptive language for students. Students with autism are highly visual learners, and the need for a device that allows the owner to take pictures and quickly import them is crucial. Through this innovative technology, communication barriers are coming down and many doors are being opened.
To donate cans and bottles to Ms. L'Heureux, email email@example.com. To make a monetary donation, visit www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/alison825.
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CUTLINE: Alison L'Heureux has raised more than $2,000 for the Doug Flutie Foundation for Autism through a bottle and can drive.