STRIDING OUT: Wheatlands State School students Olivia Fox, Cheyanne Lorne and Archer Hollands get in some training for the Walk for Autism fundraiser.
STRIDING OUT: Wheatlands State School students Olivia Fox, Cheyanne Lorne and Archer Hollands get in some training for the Walk for Autism fundraiser. Matt Collins

Autism, the 'invisible' condition

IT IS very easy to label a child being disruptive as just being a bad kid.

But there may be a much deeper reason for their behaviour.

Autism is a serious developmental disorder that impairs the ability for people to communicate and interact.

Common symptoms include difficulty with communication, difficulty with social interactions, obsessive interests and repetitive behaviours.

Three students from Wheatlands State School are putting their best foot forward and raising much-needed funds and awareness for people on the autism spectrum.

Olivia Fox, Cheyanne Lorne and Archer Hollands have all signed up for the Walk for Autism.

Wheatlands State School students Olivia Fox, Cheyanne Lorne and Archer Hollands are raising funds and creating awareness for Autism.
GOOD MATES: Wheatlands State School students Olivia Fox, Cheyanne Lorne and Archer Hollands are raising funds and creating awareness for Autism. Matt Collins

Archer's mother, Billie-Jean, said she wasn't surprised when her son said he wanted to help.

"He is very helpful, he loves helping people,” she said.

"We found the walk online and he told his teacher at school.”

Olivia and Cheyanne jumped on Archer's team to add their support.

Cheyanne's mother, Priscilla, has had some experience with autism and she said it was important to increase awareness.

"A lot of people still are not aware of it,” she said.

"People don't understand what it is doing to families worldwide.

"It is invisible.

"You'll see some kids and you think, that little fella does not just have a behavioural problem, there is more to it than that.”

Olivia, Cheyanne and Archer are raising much needed funds and awareness for Autism by walking 10,000 steps a day for 8 days.

The Walk for Autism starts on Sunday, March 31, through to Sunday, April 7.

You can support the kids by going to www.walkforautism.org.au and typing their name in the search bar.