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Friendship Volunteer Fire Co. Adds Sensory Kits to Aid Autistic Children


March 24, 2022

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Friendship Volunteer Fire Co. Asst. Chief James Musselman displays a sensory kit developed by Carter Kits. The kits contain items that can bring comfort to children on the autism spectrum at the scene of an emergency.

When fire crews are called out, they announce they are coming with a screaming siren and bright flashing lights. For a lot of us, the sight and sound of a fire engine brings a sense of hopefulness that firefighters are on their way to save lives.

But for those on the autism spectrum, particularly children, the noise and lights of a fire engine can be overwhelming and instill fear and confusion.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the fastest growing developmental disability, affecting about one in 68 children in the United States. As autism...

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