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Groups Help
AO Pay
It Forward

The overwhelming generosity of our big-hearted community allows AutismOklahoma to provide nonperishable food to our families impacted by autism. In this season of giving, it […]

APPLY FOR OUR YOUTH BOARD

If you know of an outstanding teen, please encourage them to apply today. Be a part of something incredible! Our board members will Serve as […]

Donations
Move the
Pieces Forward

As the year comes to a close and you reflect on your blessings, please consider a gift to AutismOklahoma. As an Oklahoma nonprofit organization, AutismOklahoma […]

Writer’s Group
Gets
Published

A new partnership between our Writer’s Group and Metro Family Magazine has created a bi-monthly online feature, Thinking Differently: Family Life with Autism. This online […]

Random
Act of
Kindness

Whenever our family goes grocery shopping, Matthieu loves to gather loose shopping carts in the parking lot and pile them into the cart corrals. Normally, […]

Calling the
Qualified:
Mission of a
Lifetime

Even before any evaluation or diagnosis has ever been mentioned, your life has already changed. More often than not, you know it’s changing, you know it […]

Please
Read
First!

Normally, when we post articles here, they are by two different authors and unrelated. This time, I’m adding this submission as a sort of “forward” […]

Tyler C.

Chapter 1 About Tyler I knew Tyler not just like a friend, but like a brother, the brother I never had. I knew him from […]

An Ode to
“Joesky-Love”
Phillips

When my son, Elijah, was first diagnosed with autism I was absolutely clueless as what it or any of the other disorders on the spectrum […]

Our Branson
Experience

We just returned from Branson and my daughter was chosen to come up on the stage at one of the shows at Silver Dollar City. […]

First Vacation
Since the
Autism
Diagnosis  

Every family needs a vacation to get away from the routine and just enjoy doing some things that you do not always get to do. […]

I started
to do a
little
research

Do you remember how it was the first day at a new school and you sat at the wrong table and felt out of place? […]

A Mickey
Mouse
Birthday

Tripp turned 2 years old on January 29th! He is completely obsessed with Mickey Mouse! However, because of his Speech Disorder he cannot “Mickey” or […]

Taylor Inspires
an Art Show

Something really cool happened to me this year. I had drawn something random on a large white board and someone really took notice and started […]
Jamison

The Day
Our Lives
Changed

I remember it like it was yesterday. The day all of our lives changed. It was a beautiful sunny, spring day, April 28th, 2011.
Tripps Family

A Little
About Tripp

Our story has just begun with Tripp. God blessed us with him almost 2 years ago through the miracle of adoption and he is the answer to many prayers.

Our Journey
with Autism

Caylee Hornbeck was born on November 20, 2009 and with the exception of contracting RSV at 5 weeks Caylee seemed like a normal healthy girl with no signs of anything being wrong.

Get to Know
Mark McElhaney

In previous articles, I've written about the trials and pitfalls of being a stepparent to an autistic, gifted child. Like any situation in life, you cannot have the good without the bad.

Love for
an Aspie

This world is full of love. Love for pets, love for nature, and love for each other. But, what others see as an easy acquisition, to an Aspie, like me, it won’t always come that easy.

Awareness
and
Acceptance

I used to be one of those people in the store or restaurant that would give you a dirty look and whisper under my breath "I would never let my child act like that"

Unanswered
Prayer

As our boys grew out of infancy and into the body of toddlers, we began to notice signs of genius.

Deep
Breath!

Many times, I have had numerous questions regarding our little man...

Edmond
Santa Fe
Selects AO
for DWDW

Everyone was ready to learn which charity had been selected for Double Wolf Dare Week (DWDW). And then....it was announced. AUTISM OKLAHOMA!!

“Positive
Think Differently”
Brings Community
Partners

Every parent with a child with autism knows that we need change for families in Oklahoma.

New Home
for
AutismOklahoma.org

Our new address is 806 Dean McGee Avenue in downtown Oklahoma City.

Piecewalk
Elite
Teams!

Elite Team Awards will be offered to PieceWalk teams who do the following activities before December 9th, 2014.

Child
Screaming
in Church

"So it finally happened! I am that 'Mother' whose child is screaming during church..." -Regina Alexander

Respite:
A Time
of Rest

"These things that so many take for granted, we have come to treasure. We treasure our children; we know the gifts they truly are..." -Debra Brakefield

Struggles and
Successes of
Surgery

Danielle Williams details the struggles and successes of surgery.

Angelina’s
Response to a
Recent Article

Angelina Packard responds to an article that was popular on social media the past few weeks while describing her experiences with her son, Zachary.

Difficult
Diets and Fun
Surprises

"No, sweetheart. It wasn't 'pretty good.' It was awesome, just like you." --Wendy Eagan

Thinking
Differently
with Birds!

"My daughter is a bird. I’ve accepted it. This is our new life." Amber offers a fun, light-hearted view of her daughter's new fascination with birds.

A Little
Humor for
the Holidays

Regina shares a little humor for the holidays.

Inspiring Insight
from
Stacie Teigen

"It's helping them to progress in every area of life to the best of their ability..."

Finding Joy
in our Simple
Mistakes

Debra Brakefield's humorous trip to the bowling alley and her son's attention to every detail.

Moving her
Family to a
New Life

Danielle Williams on "Moving her Family to a New Life," also some great pics from the Autism Conference.

Surprises Happen
When Thinking
Differently

Matthew Conner sheds light on what it means when everyone in the family is "Thinking Differently."

The Lens a
Parent Sees
Progress Through

Stacie Teigen, a member of the Writer's Club, shares her overwhelming joy for her son and celebrates the "lens" she is able to see his progress through.

Lessons
Learned in the
Waiting Room

"I vow right now, today, that I will never let that look of relief cross my face again, because now I know what it feels like on the other side." -Amber Theinert

Thinking
Differently
Holiday Style

Wendy Eagan explains the successes of thinking differently during the holiday season.

The Zoo
Is New When
You See Things
Differently

"It's amazing how exciting little things are when you think differently" - Matthew Conner

Relaying
Affection

Danielle Williams relays her affection for her two stunning boys.

Laura Hill
Celebrates
Dylan’s Success!

Laura Hill, mother of Dylan, talks about how Dylan went above and beyond when learning to ride a bike.

Gabriella
Shares Her Heart
for Her Brother

Gabriella shares her earliest memory of her brother, and how resilient he grows everyday.

PieceWalk
Volunteers
Make Big Things
Happen In OK!

Come on out to the PieceWalk Volunteer Round-up on September 15th! You can make a difference and have fun with our amazing team!

Cooper
Talks About
His Film
Club Family

Cooper enjoys being part of the Invisible Layers Production team. "It's another family, for me!"

Summer
Camp
Has Lasting
Impact

Summer programs are having a monumental effect!

Young Adults
Plan Little
Swanky

After attending the Swanky Art Camp, two participants plan a new art camp called Little Swanky, hosted by the Good Shepherd Catholic School for Autism.

Spencer
Thinks
Differently
About
Sleeping

Thinking differently when it comes to the typical sleeping issues!

Allie Has
an Enormous
Heart for
Others!

This girl loves to help people!

Using
Technology
in Innovative
Ways

This 2nd grader is using an iPad to communicate in new ways.

Matthew
Loves
Letters,
Numbers,
& Spelling

This 4th grader is changing things up at school!

Meet Lisa!
She Gives to
the PieceWalk
Every Year!

Hair designer, mother, and Autism advocate.

Ben is
a Cowboy
and a Funny
Guy!

He loves to make people laugh, he is truly an astonishing young man.

Planning for a
Future
With a
Special
Needs Trust

What would her future be like if we were no longer here to help her?

Have you
Ever Met
A City Licker
From NYC?

"Our tour of the statue was one I won't soon forget."

David Makes
Us Smile!

Meet David Blose! He's a local artist who works hard, stays strong, and drinks whole gallons of chocolate milk! David has 8 computers and has recently started a blog that is said to be very funny and popular! Check out his blog!

The Big
Swanky
Art Show
is in the news!

"Big Swanky Art Show" featuring unique pieces from autistic young adults

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