Pictured left to right: Kiwanis President Chris Weittenhiller, Erica Matthews, and May program chairman Dick Wamsley.
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club learned about a new autism learning center in Pana, at their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Erica Matthews opened the Autism and Movement Project Learning Center, as a non-profit entity at Eleven South Locust in Pana, 2 years ago, with 6 students. Thanks to private donations, the center is now serving almost 50 students from a 40-mile radius.
Matthews' center serves individuals with many different social and learning disabilities, from autism and cerebral palsy, to Down syndrome and turrets.
Matthews uses autism movement therapy and sensory therapy to help students learn life skills and bridge the gap between the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Monthly student tuition is only 60-dollars, with siblings an additional 10-dollars per month.
Matthews tells Kiwanis members about her staff at the center:
More information on Matthews' center can be obtained by contacting her at 825-4605.
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium. For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.