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December 2012 
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Greetings!

We have the latest news for you and look forward to seeing you at...
 
Our December Meeting
 
healthy party snacks With all of us "making our individual lists and checking each one of them twice" for everything that we still have to shop for, school parties that we have to organize and attend while planning that special menu before Christmas, we would like for you to join us at our next monthly meeting on Thursday, December 20, 2012 from 6:30-8:30pm to relax, see old friends, make new ones and enjoy yourselves! We will discuss what we would like to do in 2013 in the way of group fundraising for the 2013 PieceWalk, there will be refreshments and various autism resources up for raffle!  
 
Autism Resource Books for Raffle If you would like to contribute towards the "Autism Resource Raffle" or help with either the adult or children's refreshments for that night's meeting, please contact Lorrie by email at lorrie@autismoklahoma.org to let her know how you can help and/or what you will be bringing.  
 
We will meet in the Promises Room on the 2nd floor at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, located at 222 NW 15th Street, near downtown Oklahoma City. A detailed map can be accessed here
 
Child care is provided, but registration is required before each meeting. To make sure that we are prepared in advance, our volunteers need to know how many children to expect. To register for childcare during this month's meeting, please email Lorrie Servati at lorrie@autismoklahoma.org as soon as possible.

Check out AutismOkc's Calendar and Events to make sure that you don't miss anything!

Autism-Friendly Movies
 
AMC Sensory Friendly Films If your family hasn't had the opportunity to attend a "Sensory Friendly Film" yet, you may want to join us this Saturday, December 8th at 10 a.m. to see the "Rise of the Guardians" at AMC Quail Springs 24 or AMC Crossroads 16 Theatres! In order to provide a more accepting and comfortable setting for this unique audience, the movie auditoriums will have their lights brought up and the sound turned down, families will be able to bring in their own gluten-free, casein-free snacks.
 
  Warren Theatres logo 
Moore Warren Theatres just started offering "Sensory Sensitive Shows" once a month. the movie "Rise of the Guardians" will be shown on Saturday, December 15th at 11:00 a.m. These shows will run on the big screen with brighter house lights and softer volume, and audience members are welcome to dance, sing, shout, talk, etc. The Sensory Sensitive Shows will be offered once per month. Normal ticket prices apply, and tickets can only be purchased at the Moore Ticket Office starting the Wednesday before the scheduled show. I have also been told, if I get the opportunity, that I should visit the Warren Diner.


Oklahoma Parents Center
  
Oklahoma Parents Center
At last month's meeting, Ellen Kimbrell of The Oklahoma Parents Center came to teach us more about IEPs, a subject that most of us have had an experience, or two, with in connection to our children attending school. I thought it was very educational and I wanted to share with you how to reach her in case you ever need an advocate. 
 
The Oklahoma Parents Center also offers a Lending Library for parents, caregivers and professionals who are interested in becoming more educated about disabilities, basic rights, IEPs, and advocacy.
Social Skills Groups
 

Dr. Jennifer Morris shared with us, at our last meeting, about the new social skills groups that she will be starting in late January 2013. These initial social skills groups will be primarily for children with 

  • Autism/Asperger's between 4-8 years of age
  • ADHD/Behavioral Issues between 5-8 years of age

*Groups for ages 9 and up will begin Summer 2013. 

 

map for Moore Counseling Ctr

For more information, visit the Moore Counseling Center or call (405)735-6333

 

Moore Counseling Center

1044 SW 4th Street

 Moore, OK

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Thriving Marriages Retreat
 
Thriving Marriages Retreat

If you are a Married Couple caring for a Child with Autism, you are eligible for this all-expense-paid weekend retreat! It is the perfect opportunity to enrich your marriage and enhance your relationship with this FREE two day, over-night, all expense paid retreat at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Norman, Oklahoma. For more information, please click HERE.

Swanky, The Movie!
 
Swanky movie logo
 
Don't worry if you weren't able to make it to last month's Premiere of "Swanky, the most awesome art show movie ever made by everybody". You will be able to see it for yourself at St. Luke's UMC on Friday, January 25, 2013 and/or buy a DVD copy as a gift to give to a family member or a friend!

Restaurant Nights
Joe's CrabShack Restaurant Night
Have you thought about hosting a restaurant night for your PieceWalk team? If you decide to, please let 
us know so that everyone can make 

plans to attend to support your team! 
 
 
 
 
Contact Crystal Frost at crystal@autismoklahoma.org and provide her with all the information and we will get it posted on our calendar
When you dine in or carry out at one of these events, please tell them you are with Autism Oklahoma and the PieceWalk and the restaurant will donate a percentage back to Autism Oklahoma! 
Happy Eating!!!!
PieceWalk 2013

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What is the PieceWalk? 

 

The PieceWalk was born to give Oklahoma families affected by autism a day of togetherness, a day to support awareness in our state, and a means to support Oklahoma autism programs. With over 6,000 walkers and 500 runners participating in the event each year, it is the largest autism event in our state. 

 

Click here to learn more, or start your own team!

Samuel's Call
Samuel's Call Special Needs Ministry

A ministry made available through 
St. Luke's United Methodist Church 
that offers: 

  • Special Needs Sunday School
    • The class is taught by special education teachers and aides who have extensive experience in working with people who have special needs.    
  • Parent's Day Out
    • On the third Saturday of every month, parents are able to drop off their children at the church from 1:00-5:00 pm.......both children with special needs AND their siblings!
  • Dance Therapy
    • This is a dance/creative movement class for kids and adults with special needs, and their siblings, which meets on Saturdays in the dance studio at St. Luke's.
 
In This Issue
Our December Meeting
Autism-Friendly Movies
Oklahoma Parents Center
Social Skills Groups
Thriving Marriages Retreat
Swanky, The Movie!
Restaurant Nights
PieceWalk 2013
Samuel's Call
Online Community
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Deborah Decker and Lorrie Servati
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