Sunny Horizons offering therapy and support for special needs community

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SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) - Sunny Horizons is a place where special needs children and their families feel embraced and encouraged. The owner, Lisa Ayers, and her staff really touched one woman.

Stephanie Bohannon wrote in to WHNT NEWS 19 saying, "They built a wonderful sensory gym that's open to the public, put on Scottsboro's first autism awareness walk, and host autism support meetings at the office providing snacks and drinks at no charge. They are doing wonderful things for our community and I know they would put every penny back into all the programs they are trying to make available. Please pick them!"

We did and Clarissa McClain went to Scottsboro to deliver the $319.

Playful, educational and therapeutic - That's the environment owner and speech language pathologist Lisa Ayers strives to create at Sunny Horizons.

"A lot of people don't know what we do and there's so much more than speech and language," explains Ayers. "We work with children with autism, Down syndrome, apraxia, reading difficulties and dyslexia."

Sunny Horizons steps in to provide extra help kids may not get at school.

"Before we were here, parents were having to drive to Huntsville, Birmingham, and Chattanooga," says Ayers. "There really wasn't a local place for them to receive extra, private therapy."

Now, there is and it's life-changing for many parents. So much so that one of them spoke up and nominated Sunny Horizons to receive $319.

"That's always in the back of our minds as therapists," says Ayers. "Are we making a difference in these children's lives and their family's lives? To be able to know that we are and to hear that one of our parents did that for us is just very touching."

Ayers plans to use the money to bring in speakers and workshops for the autism support group meetings. One of those meetings is coming up later this month.

Autism Support Group Meeting

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