Jean Tyrrell wanted to find activities that would allow students in the autism program at Patterson Mill Middle/High School to be more physically active during the school day.

After researching some ideas, Tyrrell said she purchased a Nintendo Wii video game console with a grant that she received.

“The kids really like Wii,” said Tyrrell, a physical-education teacher. “And I think it’s great. It gives the children with autism an age-appropriate leisure activity to do.”

Since the game was purchased, the children have all learned to play it, said Carolyn Trovinger, who teaches the middle school autism program.

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