Playgrounds and sensory garden to serve children and families seeking help from center
The playgrounds and sensory garden are part of the 15,000 square-foot autism center. The center features therapy and sensory rooms for counseling, diagnostics, social skills groups, and family support. Also utilizing the building is UVU’s Passages program, a series of noncredit college-level classes designed for young adults with higher-functioning autism.
The two newly-completed playgrounds focus on enhancing motor skills while encouraging children with autism to interact with their surroundings. The sensory garden features a variety of plants and landscape features that encourage exploration and provide tranquility. Both additions will support the center’s mission of bringing help and healing to those dealing with various forms of autism.
“The university is grateful for the generous donation from doTERRA to help make the vision of an autism center that will serve the community for generations a reality,” said UVU President Matthew Holland. “It is through critical partnerships with quality organizations like doTERRA that we are able to meet the needs of students and the broader community of students and families in Utah Valley.” For more information about the Melisa Nellesen Autism Center, visit https://www.uvu.edu/autism/.