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Boardman, OH: New autism center opens to serve more kids; creates 100 jobs

Dec 14, 2023, WKBN, Youngstown, OH: Excitement builds as new autism center opens Excitement builds as new Knapp Center for Childhood Development opens in Boardman, Ohio

VIDEO: The behavioral health care center for children with autism is located at the old Red Roof Inn in Boardman.

Almost two years in the making, you’re looking at the new Knapp Center for Childhood Development. It’s a four story facility and each floor is broken down by age groups and filled with sensory rooms and classrooms. …

Dr. Julie Knapp is the CEO of the center. It’s been her lifelong dream to support children with autism.

Knapp: We have a large community of children with autism and not enough resources for them. There’s not enough behavioral health care centers out there.

There’s not enough behavioral analysts out there, not enough behavioral therapists.

WKBN: The old Knapp Center was around 13,000 square feet. This new facility is a four story building, around 50,000 square feet that will serve so many more people in the community. Knapp: There’s parents who’ve been waiting for a long time.

So those parents are going to have their opportunity to come off that waitlist, come here and get that treatment that they’ve been waiting for and their child deserves….

WKBN: The center will create around a hundred new jobs in the area.

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