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Autism Channel host visits Chileda Institute

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The mission of La Crosse's Chileda Institute is to provide care for children with developmental disabilities.

This week, Dan Heinlein, host of "I am Autistic" on the Autism Channel, came by to talk with care-providers about their experiences.

Heinlein was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome when he was 17 years old.

He now hosts a show where he sits down with people connected to autism, including doctors, teachers and families.

Chileda is a partner of the show, and staff participates in monthly segments called "Direct from Chileda."

This week, Heinlein got a tour of the facility.

"There's a room where if you're feeling kinda listless, you can go in there and play with toys to kinda rev yourself up. Or, if you're already too hyper as it is, you can go in there play and just kinda wear yourself out," Heinlein said. "As someone who was listless or hyper in high school and didn't have that kind of release, I really see that as something really valuable to kids."

"I am Autistic" and "Direct from Chileda" are available on-demand on Roku streaming players.

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