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Puppets Teaching Kids about Disabilities

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RICHLAND, Wash. - A new puppet is what Christine Nielsen and her 10-year-old son Connor are calling a dream come true.

Connor has Tourettes Syndrome and the puppet is designed to mimic his actions.  It's also made to look like Connor and his mom is wanting to take it to his school to explain to his classmates why he acts the way he does.  

This is an international program called "Count Me In" to raise awareness of a number of disabilities out there.  Nielsen says using the puppet is a great teaching method.  She plans to take it into Connor's school hoping his classmates will understand his disability better.  

"If you try with a lot of work, and I learned a lot of patience, you can make a difference in not only your own child's life but a lot of kids lives," says Christine Nielsen.

Christine says all they need now are some volunteers to help memorize scripts and play the part of the puppet.

Other puppets are used to talk about a number of disabilities from being blind to being in a wheelchair.

If you would like to help, just call the ARC of the Tri-cities at 946-5157.