Crestview Spectrum House raises awareness with public event

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From left, Jessica Sollie, 16, blows into a toy whistle while her mother Andrea Franklin, center, and therapist Mary Seidenfaden look on.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 07:09 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Spectrum House closed its parking area on Saturday to allow families to participate in several activities from jumping in a bounce house to tossing rings on a small inflatable pirate ship.

The goal was to raise awareness for its developmental program, which provides services for autistic children and people with neurological disabilities, whether severe, moderate or high functioning, said Crystal Burton, the center’s lead therapist.

"Our goal here is to make these children as indistinguishable from any child, whether you walk into a classroom or Walmart," therapist Mary Seidenfaden said. The center teaches kids how to interact with others and prevent outbursts at home or in the classroom.

Baker resident Andrea Franklin has been bringing her daughter Jessica Sollie, 16, to the center for about a year, and said, "She expresses more verbally than acting out or misbehaving.”

 Crestview resident Elizabeth Smith, who brings her 5-year-old son, A.J., to the center, said her son has become more sociable with kids his age.

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