Children with autism express themselves at new Superhero Center

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After three years of fundraising, the Superhero Center for Autism cut their ribbon and opened their doors Saturday. The center features several ways kids with autism can express themselves, while using their different senses.

Parents say this center is something the Stateline needs.

“Pretty much all of the rooms are my favorite,” said Grant Summers, a participant. 

9-year-old Grant Summers is exploring the new Superhero Center for Autism in Loves Park. His mother, Erin Kramar, says places like the new center are needed in the stateline.

“These are so important because it gives them a place to be themselves completely, be with peers and individuals just like them, especially in this area where’s there’s not a lot and they can just be free to be themselves really,” Kramar said. 

She says the Superhero Center allows her kids and many others on the autism spectrum to feel free and provides a stress free environment for the parents too.

“You’re always thinking what if and trying to plan for them, so being able to come to a place where you don’t have to wonder about the what ifs and you know they’re going to be safe and okay is huge,” Kramar said. 

It’s the main reason the center opened.

“We wanted to create a place for all superheroes or kiddos and young adults with special needs, so they would have a community center just for them,” said Jamie Dornink, President of the Superhero Center for Autism. “We have family support room in there, we got a sibling room and just a bunch of different sensory experiences for our kiddos where they have their safe judgement free place.”

The Superhero Center features a handful of state-of-the-art rooms designed to stimulate different senses. Children can go from jumping around to settling down.

Grant Summers shares with us which were his favorite rooms.

“It was pretty fun, most of it was,” Summer said. “I like the paint tiles, in this room and it was very fun. They have an XBOX with Minecraft on it and Infinity, which is my favorite game and I like it here.”

You have to register your kids to attend online. For more information, contact Jamie Dornink at (815) 990-0891 or Barb Bressler at (815) 262-5316.

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