Monday, February 22, 2010
Museum Opens Its Arms To Children With Autism
CHERRY HILL, N.J. — Kim Marple knew just how to gauge how much fun her 6-year-old had Sunday evening at the Garden State Discovery Museum.
"I'm going to have to carry him out of here kicking and screaming," said Marple, of West Deptford, a mother of three children with autism spectrum disorders. "If he has a meltdown on a typical day it might be a tragedy for us and everyone else. Here, if he melts, he just blends in. He can be himself."
Marple and her children Kendall, 4, Owen, 6, and Hunter, 9, were among dozens of families Sunday attending Open Arms night at the museum, a free evening of play and fellowship for children with autism and their families.