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Sarah Kniffen speaks at Kiwanis meeting

At their weekly breakfast meeting on June 27, the Wautoma Kiwanis Club enjoyed hearing from Sarah Kniffen, Wautoma High School teacher. Kniffen works with high school students with special needs. Her students range from 9th grade through age 21. This year the program has been divided into three main areas: a regular classroom, a job skills area, and a third room that is set up as an apartment where students, especially those 19-21 years old learn daily living skills. These skills include cooking, cleaning, and other family living skills. Sarah also highlighted the important work being done with the iPads that Wautoma Kiwanis supplies to autistic students. She showed the club how the apps allow students to communicate by being their voice when the students are out in public or in their daily interactions, giving them much more independence. There are also many apps that can be purchased that will teach higher level concepts like sorting, opposites and work skills. Sarah has two teacher assistants in the classroom of approximately 8-9 students. She also has been engaging student assistants who work with these individuals in adaptive peer supported physical education, art, music and cooking. Pictured with Sarah Kniffen is Mike Hoch, Wautoma Kiwanis President.