A good influence: Influx of special needs kids a challenge

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For children who have special needs, after-school programs provide the specialized attention they need with their homework.

Students with attention deficit disorder or autism can come to Girls Inc. of Johnson County and have an adult walk them through a math problem or reading assignment. Other children participate in nightly work labs at the Boys and Girls Club of Franklin.

But helping children who have extra needs requires individual attention from adult mentors. That puts a greater strain on an already-stressed volunteer base.

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