WEIRTON - After approximately one year of planning and fundraising, a vision to help area residents with various sensory processing difficulties has taken shape.
Piece by Peace, a new sensory room facility at Krazy Bout Sportz in Weirton, officially opened Wednesday with family, friends and residents attending to show their support.
It is located on the second floor of Krazy Bout Sportz, at 2850 Weir Ave. in Weirton.
According to co-owner Marylou Pittman, Piece by Peace currently has a sensory room, which provides an opportunity for people with various conditions to participate in a guided play to help develop their senses and skills.
"It ranges from autism to Alzheimer's," she said, adding the facility can be used by residents of all ages.
A variety of items are available in the sensory room, with building blocks and other toys, to a trampoline, felt boards, therapeutic swings and other accessories with several types of textures, shapes and sizes.
NEW ROOM AT KRAZY BOUT SPORTZ — The new Piece by Peace sensory room at Krazy Bout Sportz in Weirton is officially open. A grand opening for the facility was held Wednesday at the business on Weir Avenue in Weirton. Piece by Peace provides an area to help people with sensory processing conditions. -- Craig Howell
"Everything is really sensory," Pittman said. "It sums up to therapeutic play."
Pittman explained to her knowledge, the closest such facility in the area is located in Wheeling, and they wanted to have a location closer to home for residents dealing with the various conditions which could be helped with the activities offered.
In the future, Piece by Peace also plans to open a "quiet room," which will provide four separate areas for those in need of different types of assistance.
"It will be a more soothing atmosphere," Pittman said.
Residents wishing to make use of the sensory room currently may do so by appointment only, and there will be a charge of $10 per person per hour.
For more information on Piece by Peace, call (304) 914-3248.
(Howell can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)