More than 200,000 children a year are diagnosed with Autism, a developmental disorder that often impairs the ability to communicate and interact effectively. Early diagnosis and intervention make the difference in the life of a child with autism. Greenville does a fantastic job providing services for families.
Raising a child with autism can be a challenge. If you are a parent, guardian or family member and find yourself in need of extra support in your journey, Springbrook Autism Behavioral & Advanced Institute for Development & Learning could be the right fit for you. Their goal is to “treat the behaviors associated with autism.” Springbrook is located just up the road in the town of Travelers Rest (hey ya’ll) and offers occupational and recreational therapy; sensory integration and special education classrooms. Their activities and programs are ABA based (Applied Behavior Analysis.) My personal favorite support staff member is Jesse, a golden retriever-lab mix trained in autism therapy. He’s calm, well-behaved, smart and just plain cute!
Sunday, January 6th will be a special day for Greenville Swamp Rabbit fans. Springbrook will co-sponsor Autism Awareness & Sensory Day at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Fans who attend the 3pm game against the Worcester Railers will notice a difference in the sights and sounds during the game. The Greenville Swamp Rabbits’ goal (pun intended) is to create an environment that will meet the needs of their special guests. Lighting will be reduced and there will be no horns or flashing graphics from the telecaster. Quiet, calming sensory spaces will also be available. The team will sport new autism-themed specialty jerseys. I’ve heard there is going to be an auction with autographed jerseys after the game.
Kudos to the Swamp Rabbits for creating accommodations, making it possible for children with autism and their families to enjoy a hockey game. What a great way to begin a new year!
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