Local non-profit works to open a facility for autistic children in Greenville

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Parents have worked hard to raise money to open a facility in Pitt County for kids with autism.

“To get him the help he needs, we would have done anything to help him,” said Bobbie Robinson.

Robinson’s son, Samuel, was diagnosed with autism when he was 16 months. She says she immediately started looking for help.

There are only three programs available in North Carolina. They are located in Winston Salem, Hendersonville and Cary. The programs work to help socialize children, but require a long drive for parents.

Robinson is now pregnant with a second child and lives in Winston Salem Monday through Friday, just so Samuel can receive treatment. She says it’s not ideal, but worth it.

“He’s gone from where he would stare at the wall to staring at the lights and completely being in his own little world to this vibrant little boy who loves hugs and loves to laugh and is almost like a little jokester now.”

Parents with children who have autism are working together to create a center here in Eastern North Carolina. The facility would focus on younger children and give them a variety of therapy.

“Families need a place they can go. They need resources and parent workshops to learn how to better communicate with their child,” explained Kyle Robinson.

Samuel’s dad, Kyle Robinson is the Board of Chair on the non-profit organization called Aces for Autism.

He says the new center would reach everyone’s needs on the autism spectrum.

“You’ve got severely autistic children to individuals who are higher functioning. Each child is different and their needs are different and that’s why this center would be so important.”

Robinson believes with the help of donations from the community, the center could be in Pitt County by next year.

If you are interested in donating, click here.

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