JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Life Skills Center in Jonesboro is expanding.
While they are excited to double their space, the school is more excited about the possibilities of helping more students.
The Life Skills Center, located on Cherry Street, purchased the Church of Christ building on Stone Street.
The center specializes with children with developmental delays like autism and dyslexia.
"What we really do is specialize with where the child's strengths are," director and teacher Marie Ray said. "We try to build on those. We try to remediate any learning gap they might have. We reduce their anxiety and just address their special needs."
The non-profit functions as a school year-round and teaches students all the way up to age 21.
The new location will have a full-sized gym and allow for more space for therapeutic and recreational activities.
Ray said growth means being able to help more kids in Northeast Arkansas.
"A lot of parents who have children with special needs are sometimes looking for an alternative to traditional education," Ray said. "So this is something that is a need in our area. We are just so pleased to be able to serve our school-aged children."
They will start with 1 classroom for 15 students in the fall at the Stone Street location.
The Center hopes to grow to 3 full-sized classrooms in the future.
Ray said they are so excited to be fulfilling their lifelong passion.
"It's very personal to us," Ray said. "To watch a child gain confidence and start making those connections and learning and just getting to be independent, it's a wonderful thing."
For more information on the Life Skills Center or how to apply for admission call 870-932-5551 or visit their website at lifeskillscenterjonesboroar.org.
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