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Gwinnett’s mom gets creative to help children with autism fill learning gaps related to pandemic |  New


GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. (CBS46) – At the end of last school year, after the pandemic forced schools to go virtual, Jeana Buckner sought a summer program for her 5-year-old autistic daughter Jordyn to help make up for the learning she had lost.

She noticed that other families were having the same difficulties.

“We wanted something more focused for our kids that included speech therapy, maybe play therapy, also professional if we could get it,” Buckner said. “There was nothing we could find.”

So she started a program herself, naming it Twiddlebugs.

“I think, in a way, COVID has provided the time and space for this activity to happen, and we just want to embrace it,” said Meredith Olson, chair of the national nonprofit fund for VELA education.

When Olson’s group heard about Twiddlebugs, they provided Jeana’s organization with thousands of dollars in grants.

“It literally paid off for everything,” Buckner said. “He paid for our room to rent. He paid for all of our materials.

“What we have found is that with a little financial support and a lot of moral and moral support, we can help bring people together and be a resource so that they can achieve their dreams in the field of education. ‘education,’ Olson said.

Thanks to Twiddlebugs and its grants, more children with autism in Gwinnett County will continue to learn year round, no matter what the rest of the pandemic brings.

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