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Callie Collins lives and writes in north Oklahoma City. She and her husband have three sons, Sam (9), Isaac (4) and their youngest son Gabriel was born in January 2015. When Callie isn't working, you'll find her reading, exercising or out with her children at a local event.

About Thinking Differently

Thinking Differently: Family Life with Autism is a blog compiled by Oklahoma City parents of children with autism. Check back every other week for a new post to encourage you in your parenting journey.

About Thrive & Dime

Thrive & Dime is a blog for Oklahoma City parents interested in saving money on local family fun.
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Halloween happenings: plan for community fun + three stand-out events

Love your Halloween month! Plan ahead with MetroFamily's Halloween lists, including our three unique community activities.

Pumpkinville plus: three reasons to visit Myriad Botanical Gardens this fall

Oklahoma City family fun brings us the best of the season! Find it all in one place at Myriad Botanical Gardens.

New experiences: MetroFamily's Cover Kids Search and how your child might surprise you

Cover Kids is happening Oct. 8! Come see us at Myriad Botanical Gardens.

Family fun: Five lists to find it this fall

Get your family fun all in one place this fall with MetroFamily's lists!

Local fun: Three free can't-miss activities

Find three free can't miss activities for the end of the month!

Climb UP together: Four tips for parents who want to climb with their teens

Want to try Climb UP? Read this first! Get four tips for parents who want to try it with their older kids.
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Steger, Party of 6: Revoluciòn Taqueria & Cantina

If your dinner began with bowls of popcorn and ended with a Rice Krispie treat, you would know you were in a Mexican restaurant, right?

Thrive & Dime: Fall Fun at Home

I’m a sucker for the nostalgia, pumpkins and family memories. Here are some pumpkin patch inspired activities just in case you are just a little fall-obsessed, too!

Steger, Party of 6: The Drum Room

Friends, if Western Avenue isn’t on your list of go-to districts, remedy that with a trip to The Drum Room.

Steger, Party of 6: Hall's Pizza Kitchen

Based on the wait, it is THE PLACE to be on Friday and Saturday nights in OKC.

Thrive & Dime: Camping Activities

Here are some fun camping-inspired activities and books just in case the cooler weather has you gearing up for an adventure outside, that may or may not end with you sleeping under the stars.

Something for Everyone at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Along with free admission for Wide Open Wednesdays, the museum will be offering fall break activities, a Halloween event and so much more throughout the fall.
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Rules, Rewards & Encouragement for a Child With Asperger's

Rules. An Aspie’s blessing and curse.

Explaining Autism to Children

It did not take long before he started asking why he was going to special doctors and therapists while his sister was not. He wanted to know what was wrong. He asked, “Am I going to die?”

Who's Your Hulk?

Who is your Hulk? Is it your child with special needs? Is it a kiddo whose square peg learning will never fit in the round hole?

What's So Odd About Autism?

A sense of hopelessness sets in as one contemplates the social. What’s the point? Why try to be social when experience illuminates your social ineptitude?

Odd Dad's View on Fidget Spinners

Like any parent of a child on the Autism spectrum, searching for anything that will assist your efforts to calm, focus and soothe your child is an obsession.

Matthieu’s First Concert

I loved seeing him swept up in the music. I wish I could have bottled the moment to keep forever.