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Asperger's? What?

She said, “He’s smart, and the smart ones are hard.”

Thinking Differently: A Holiday Edition

It was hard for me to give up trying to re-create the memories from my own childhood. But as I learned, I realized our best chance for success was to give my son a say in our plans.

I Should Have Seen It Coming

You know those stories you start hearing as you get older? The ones that made your cheeks turn a shade of crimson red that only a parent or significant other could truly appreciate.

Special Needs Guide

See our 2016 Special Needs Guide.

Open Letter

So you were concerned that something was “not quite right” with your child, but hesitated to go forward with testing because you didn’t want your child to be “labeled.”

Everybody Has Something

Kids, especially teenagers, don’t want to stand out. They want to seamlessly float along, incognito among their peers. Like oatmeal. Or vanilla ice cream. Or tofu.

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Special Needs & Free Events in OKC

January 2017

Features Dr. Kevin Leman, internationally known Christian psychologist, award-winning author and New York Times bestselling author of “Have A New Kid by Friday."  Friday,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Metropolitan Baptist Church
7201 W Britton Rd
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 722-2550
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Features a parade, silent march, bell ringing, job fair and more. The Celebration's signature event, the parade begins at 2 p.m. and proceeds down on N. Robinson Ave from 8th St and turns...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Various locations
Oklahoma City, OK


Sponsor: Oklahoma City Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Coalition
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Children will listen to stories, songs and rhymes, and then, afterwards, participate in a craft activity related to the story that was told for the day. Parents, grandparents, or caregivers are...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Mustang Public Library
1201 N. Mustang Rd.
Mustang, OK  73064
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Telephone: 376-2226
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Features a community fair with unique vendors, stage performances, cultural exhibits, community resource forum, a kids' zone and more. Benefits Infinite Possibilities, Inc.

Cost: Free to attend.

Where:
Metro Technology Center
1900 Springlake Dr
Oklahoma City, OK
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Features a wide range of artistic mediums including musical and theater performances, live art demonstrations, short film selections, and more at various venues in downtown. See website for a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Venues vary throughout Downtown Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, OK  73102


Sponsor: Produced by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City; Presented by Devon Energy
Telephone: 270-4848
Contact Name: Arts Council of Oklahoma City
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The contest is open to Boys and Girls ages 6-13. Competitors will shoot 20 free throws each. Ribbons will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in each age category. Winners of the semi finals will...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Jackie Cooper Gym & Yukon Community Center
2200 S. Holly Ave.
1024 E. Main
Yukon, OK  73099
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Sponsor: City of Yukon Parks & Recreation
Telephone: 350-8937
Contact Name: Jason Beal
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Young artists are invited to experience art through books and related art projects. The adventures include a story and hand-on art project built around a weekly theme. For children ages 3-5 with...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
555 Elm Ave
Norman, OK
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Telephone: 325-3272
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Features a wide range of artistic mediums including musical and theater performances, live art demonstrations, short film selections, and more at various venues in downtown. See website for a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Venues vary throughout Downtown Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, OK  73102


Sponsor: Produced by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City; Presented by Devon Energy
Telephone: 270-4848
Contact Name: Arts Council of Oklahoma City
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Bring your children for story time every Wednesday. Books are nature-themed (based on the season). After story time, children will create a small craft to take home.  Best suited...

Cost: FREE

Where:
lobby of the Crystal Bridge
301 W Reno
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 445-7080
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Explore and play at numerous themed sensory activity stations.   For children ages 2 - 6.

Cost: FREE

Where:
SOKC Library
2201 SW 134th St
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 979-2200
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Features a wide range of artistic mediums including musical and theater performances, live art demonstrations, short film selections, and more at various venues in downtown. See website for a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Venues vary throughout Downtown Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, OK  73102


Sponsor: Produced by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City; Presented by Devon Energy
Telephone: 270-4848
Contact Name: Arts Council of Oklahoma City
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A children's librarian from the Metropolitan Library System will share stories, music, rhymes, puppet plays, crafts and snacks, to create excitement about reading. Best suited for ages 5...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Whole Foods Cafe
6001 N Western Ave
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 879-3500
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Features a wide range of artistic mediums including musical and theater performances, live art demonstrations, short film selections, and more at various venues in downtown. See website for a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Venues vary throughout Downtown Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, OK  73102


Sponsor: Produced by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City; Presented by Devon Energy
Telephone: 270-4848
Contact Name: Arts Council of Oklahoma City
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Geared for families with elementary age children, this family story time features stories, songs and more.  This event is FREE of charge and no registration is required.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Mustang Public Library
1201 N Mustang Rd
Mustang, OK  73064
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Telephone: 376-2226
Contact Name: Sandy
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Put on your pajamas, grab your favorite stuffed friend and enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and an occasional craft with the family every Thursday evening. Space is limited. Preregister. Best...

Where:
Edmond Library
10 S Boulevard S
Edmond, OK
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Telephone: 341-9282
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Features coffee, networking and a spotlight on Ward 7 Councilman John Pettis. Community Coffee begins at 8:00 a.m. and is over by 9:00 am to be respectful of your time out of the office.

Cost: FREE

Where:
[Artspace] at UNTITLED
1 N.E. 3rd
Oklahoma City, OK  73104
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Sponsor: [Artspace] at UNTITLED
Telephone: 815-9995
Contact Name: Josh Bessinger
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Features a variety of activities and challenges involving nature exploration, creative thinking, problem solving, and teamwork. For kids ages 6 - 8. This free trial class is open to the first...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Eldon Lyon Park
7400 NW 36th St
Bethany, OK  73008


Sponsor: Tinkergarten
Telephone: 837-4014
Contact Name: LoriAnn Gregory
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Features a wide range of artistic mediums including musical and theater performances, live art demonstrations, short film selections, and more at various venues in downtown. See website for a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Venues vary throughout Downtown Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, OK  73102


Sponsor: Produced by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City; Presented by Devon Energy
Telephone: 270-4848
Contact Name: Arts Council of Oklahoma City
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Meet at the Discovery Cove Nature Center within Lake Thunderbird State Park in Norman for an information session 1 p.m., then tour the park to catch a glimpse of magnificent eagles in their winter...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Lake Thunderbird State Park
1201 Clear Bay Ave
Norman, OK
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Telephone: 321-4633

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Features a FREE all inclusive ride to the Oklahoma River. Meet up at Schlegel’s at 8:30 a.m. or at the Chesapeake Boathouse between 8:40 - 8:50 a.m. and enjoy a ride around the Oklahoma...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Boathouse District
Oklahoma City, OK


Telephone: 552-4040
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Learn how to use your power tools safely. This is a hands on event, so come prepared to get a little dusty. The class is free to the public. Preregister, space is limited.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Joe's Workshop
13915 N Harvey
Edmond, OK  73013
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Sponsor: Joe's Workshop
Telephone: 531-0153
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Children listen to a story while parents enjoy coffee and conversation. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Cuppies & Joe
727 NW 23rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73101
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Telephone: 528-2122
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Features a weekly story time with pastries and juice.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Commonplace Books
1325 N Walker Ave
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 551-1715
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Early Birds is a family-based, early childhood school readiness program for parents with children ages 5 & under. The classes offer information, activities and materials to help parents...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Cesar Chavez ES
600 SE. Grand Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK
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Telephone: 587-0422
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FREE Crafts for kids ages 3+ every Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lakeshore Learning. No reservations necessary. Not held Dec. 31. Click here for the weekly project lineup.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Lakeshore Learning
6300 N. May Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK  73112
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Telephone: 858-8778
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Extremely hyperactive and interactive, Mr. Steve has been doing story times for Barnes and Noble for over 12 years now. His unique style of storytelling is extremely silly. Everybody gets a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Barnes and Noble Bookstore
540 Ed Noble Parkway
Norman, OK  73072
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Sponsor: Barnes and Noble Booksellers
Telephone: 579-8800
Contact Name: Steve Galindo

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Features a FREE roller skating lesson. No sign up required. Skate rentals start at $2. Sizes available from trainer skates for the smaller family members and large sizes for the bigger ones....

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skate Galaxy OKC
5800 NW 36th Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73122
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Telephone: 602-2758
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Enjoy an afternoon discovering local authors in the museum's gallery, free of charge. Children’s book author David Roper will also be on hand creating free, personalized books for...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Edmond Historical Society & Museum
431 S. Boulevard
Edmond, OK
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Telephone: 340-0078 ex. 104
Contact Name: Anna Studstill
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Learn basic techniques and how to apply color and composition. Leave with a finished painting suitable for framing or gift-giving. For kids ages 12 - 18. All supplies are provided.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Warr Acres Library
5901 NW 63rd St
Warr Acres, OK
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Telephone: 721-2616
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