The women of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc, Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter donated six sensory baskets to Sallye B. Mathis Elementary school teachers to aid in their awareness for autistic students. A basket was given to each of the teachers in the Communication and Speech Services Department which services children on the spectrum. Each basket contained several sensory items which are used to help calm over stimulated situations.
“This was the first visit to Sallye B. Mathis but we are looking to forming a partnership with them in the near future,” said chapter member Umikka Wood.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication and currently affects an estimated 1 in 44 children in the United States today.
The Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter is the sorority’s local flagship chapter chartered April 12, 1944.
Shown left to right are chapter members Urrikka Woods, Robertha Walley, Sallye B. Mathis principal Jaime Johnson, Ashley Brass and LaShanta Joyner.