Superhero Autism Activity Day provides children with safe place to explore in Sterling Heights

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – Children with autism had the chance to meet their favorite superheros in a safe place Saturday at the Play-Place for Autistic Children in Sterling Heights.

The hustle and bustle of an indoor playground can sometimes be too much for families with a child with autism, but the superhero event allowed children to explore without fear of judgment about an outburst or meltdown.

"Knowing people welcome them, [knowing] they're included helps tremendously and for parents, it's therapy for us to know we're not alone," said Shell Jones, owner of Play-Place.

Children were able to enjoy obstacle courses, get their faces painted and do arts and crafts projects.

Ginger St. Cyr-Woodstock's son was enjoying snacks at the event.

"He feels comfortable here. [He] hasn't eaten in three days and now he's eating, which is awesome," she said.

This month, the Play-Place for Autistic Children is raising money to cover a three-month free membership for 30 families and free school trips to the playground.

To donate to the 30 days/30 families/30 schools campaign, click here.

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