Artist and Athlete Use Art Therapy to Help Children With Autism

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Kenneth Harrison A former basketball player and artist Courtney Haywood have opened a new facility in Las Vegas called “Aurtism.”

This new facility is colorful and bright and has an atmosphere that is welcoming and exciting. The new facility is an art therapy studio being used as a new approach to treating mental illness and helping kids with autism. 

Kenneth Harrison and Courtney Haywood were once told that they couldn’t change the world. Kenneth said, “ We took that as a bet. So, Bet’s on.”

“I’m a Las Vegas native. I’ve been doing art basically all my life,” said Courtney Haywood, the co-founder of Aurtism.  “I just wanted to make it colorful and make it bright and make it a place where, you know, people feel good.”

Haywood is the artist  who brought their vision into existence. 

“Everything that you see in this building was hand crafted by him, built by him, painted by him,” Harrison said. 

This Aurtism facility isn’t your typical facility and has an approach that allows children to express themselves freely. 

When speaking on the painting a non-verbal child painted Kenneth Harrison Said, "This was painted by a kid that was nonverbal. Isn't it awesome, this is art at its finest. And for a child that can’t even speak to paint something like this. This is a diamond. He has  a lot to tell the world so we are going to tell it for him.”

“I’m a Las Vegas native. I’ve been doing art basically all my life,” said Courtney Haywood, the co-founder of Aurtism.  “I just wanted to make it colorful and make it bright and make it a place where, you know, people feel good.”

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