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Inclusive Indoor Playground with Autism-Friendly Equipment Opens in Fenton – St Louis Today

Finally, a place where you don’t have to say I’m sorry.

That’s the slogan for the new We Rock the Spectrum indoor play area that opened last week in Fenton designed to provide all children, including those with autism spectrum disorder, an inclusive and safe place to play.

“When we go to a playground, I have to say ‘sorry’ all the time, and it’s not because I have a bad kid,” said Tom Tipton, 57, of Kirkwood, who owns the facility with his wife, Cynthia Tipton, 45.

The Tiptons have a son, Noland, 9, who was diagnosed four years ago with high-functioning autism. What used to by known as Asperger’s syndrome, it is characterized as having normal cognitive development but difficulty with social and emotional skills.

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