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Hannibal School District welcomes famed autism speaker

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -

The Hannibal School District hosted a program highlighting tips for students with special disorders Tuesday.

Aaron Likens, a public speaker and popular autism author spoke to educators and families in the district sharing how Autism Spectrum Disorder works.  Likens, who has Asperger's, presented tips to the audience on how to better communicate and understand those affected by the disorder.

District officials say this program helps because more students are falling on the autism spectrum.

"I think it's perfect for our educators because they work with these kids all the time, and many times they're asking why is this happening," Mike Vaia, Director of Special Services said. "He's going to kind of put the pieces of the puzzle together and show them this is what i'm thinking, this is what I think you're thinking, and help us serve those kids better."

Hannibal school officials say 13 percent of students in the district have a disability and this program will help significantly.

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