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Weirton sensory room a hit with those with autism

Updated: Monday, March 24 2014, 06:39 PM EDT
WEIRTON, W.Va. – As the number of diagnoses continue to climb, chances are you or a loved one is impacted by autism.
Also on the rise is awareness.
Patty and Rich Soplinski are the owners of Krazy Bout Sports in Weirton but they recently took on another project.
After a push from others in the community, they created a special sensory room for kids and adults with autism, and they are looking to build more. It’s a multi-use sensory room that features, among other things, a trampoline, a swing, and colorful mats.
“By having a sensory room and having different stations set up that allow them to work on the different senses and to integrate them together properly, it can have such a great effect on day-to-day interaction,” said Nichole Northcraft, who son was diagnosed with autism.  “(It can positively impact) their development, their speech.”
For Northcraft’s son Israel, a room like this can be a safe haven.
It's comfortable and calming.
Richard Soplinski says he and his wife are working hard to expand to open up another room.
“The second room we want to open up with four stations in it is a quiet room,” he said. “And that's something we are trying to raise money for to purchase all the objects and things that need to go into that room to make it successful.”
He said they still have to raise another $8,000-to-$10,000 before that work can begin.
For Northcraft, it's heartwarming to see the community come together.
“To have people that are willing to give up their time, energy and talents to help our children it's really amazing to see that everyone is pulling together their resources to bring awareness,” she said.
It does cost $12 per hour to rent the room. But with the help of donations, the Soplinskis hope to offer it free of charge in the future.
If you know someone who you think could benefit from the room or would like to make a donation, call (304) 914-3428.

Weirton sensory room a hit with those with autism

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