Operation Super helps children with spectrum disorders


Operation Super, in conjunction with Autism Early Enrichment, launched its inaugural event recently at the Beyond the Spectrum Autism Awareness Conference. 

The main function of Operation Super is to collect sensory and therapeutic devices and toys to help improve the lives of children who are on the autism spectrum or have any form of cognitive or learning disability. All collected items benefit Autism Early Enrichment. This not-for-profit organization supports the early intervention of children diagnosed with spectrum disorders. Operation Super will expand Autism Early Enrichment's resources allowing it to provide meaningful therapy to more children in need.

Andrew Stewart, from Boy Scouts of America, Troop 720 in Viera, is organizing this drive as his Eagle Scout project. When asked why such an ambitious project, he said, "My brother was diagnosed with severe ADHD. Therapy seems to be the best opportunity for his improvement. I fully support Autism Early Enrichment and wanted to help them any way I could."

Operation Super is supported by a number of local organizations. Drop off locations include Hope Lutheran Church, Melbourne; Faith Viera Lutheran Church, Viera; Holz Law Group, Rockledge; Parkway Psychiatry, Melbourne; Merritt Island Christian Academy, Merritt Island; and Florida Counseling Center, Melbourne.

Operation Super's closing event will be held July 5 at the Manatee Stadium in Viera in conjunction with Autism Early Enrichment and Puzzle Box Academy (purchase tickets online at groupmatics.events/puzzle), however, Operation Super is collecting items through July 31.

For additional information about Autism Early Enrichment and Operation Super, go to autismearlyenrichment.org.

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