Liberty X singer swaps her microphone for a microscope at Harpenden science class
PUBLISHED: 12:21 30 May 2019
A former Liberty X singer donned a white lab coat to pay a special visit to a children's science class in Harpenden.
Singer, actress and TV personality Michelle Heaton, 39, took part in the 'Mini Professors' science lesson as part of the nationwide Children's Activities Week.
The theme of the week was 'Watch me Fly' and children learnt about the concept of flight, in collaboration with autism charity Caudwell Children of which Michelle is an ambassador.
During the class, which was held at the Harpenden Trust Centre in Southdown Road, Michelle took part in a range of activities including singing, playing games and taking part in experiments such as flying paper planes and making and launching straw rockets.
She said: "Kids can become clingy. Activities like this build confidence from a young age and help children feel more at ease when they start school."
Michelle is keen to raise awareness of the importance of early intervention in childhood development due to her own experiences of parenthood, as her son AJ (Aaron Jay) was diagnosed with viral meningitis at five weeks old.
She said: "We had a rocky start with AJ and it was a hugely scary time, he's five now and thankfully doing really well.
"But sensory play and early intervention through activities like this are so important because the more you do, the better your chances of spotting earlier signs of concern which might be linked to your child's health or development issues, no matter how small.
"I've been an ambassador for Caudwell Children for nearly 20 years and anything we can do to gain more support for those children and families diagnosed with autism really does make a difference."
Scientist Tash Spink, who is Mini Professors class leader for St Albans and Harpenden, ran the session alongside Michelle.
She said: "We are very proud to be a regular supporter of Children's Activities Week and to be working with Caudwell Children this year to help raise funds for children and families affected by autism.
"It was great having an inspirational parent like Michelle along to our class, she really got involved with the whole group and the children really enjoyed meeting her too."