How can I find out more information about various disorders, therapies and treatments?
Thanks to the Internet, there are multiple resources that parents can access.
For information on ADHD, visit the CHADD website (Children and Adults with ADHD) http://www.chadd.org/
Additional information by ADHD authority, Russell Barkley, can be found at http://www.russellbarkley.org/factsheets.html
For information on Autism Spectrum Disorders, visit Autism Speaks athttp://www.autismspeaks.org/
For more information on the treatment of Childhood Depression, Anxiety and other disorders, visit http://www.effectivechildtherapy.com/
For an Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents (Fact Sheet) http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/anxiety-disorders-in-children-and-adolescents/index.shtml
For more information on Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) visit the PCIT website http://www.pcit.org/
For information on Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), visit the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapy http://www.abct.org/home/
Or visit the Beck Institute http://www.beckinstitute.org/cognitive-behavioral-therapy/
Another helpful site is the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, http://www.nctsn.org/
What are some resources for a parent of a child with a disability or disorder?
For more information about TARC's Family Support program here in Tulsa call Sherilyn Walton at 918-582-8272. For the TARC website visit http://www.ddadvocacy.net/ Teen Connections is a social skills group for middle and high school students on the autism spectrum.
For a multitude of resources for any child with disabilities visit the Oklahoma Parents Center www.OklahomaParentsCenter.org. Their purpose is to help parents better understand the nature of their child's disabilities and their child's educational (including IEP), developmental, and transitional needs.
Another great website that has multitude of resources for kids with learning and attention issues is https://www.understood.org/en
A helpful tool that Understood has on their website is a "Tech Finder", which will help parents locate apps/program for IPhones, IPads, etc. Using the chart in the attached link, you select the area the child needs help with (math, organization, etc.) and the grade/age of the child, and it comes up with the appropriate tool. https://www.understood.org/en/tools/tech-finder
Families with a child with ASD (or similar disorders) often experience challenges going out in the community. As a result, many families report experiencing isolation and that they quit doing things that they once found meaningful, such as going out to eat, going to church, or joining family functions. Oklahoma Autism Network has a Going Out in the Community guide, which is intended to help you experience success, so you can get back to doing the things you want or need to do, in the places you want to do them, and with the people you enjoy.
What are some resources for Recreational Time activities?
Library - The Tulsa County Library system offers Sensory Storytime - for ages 1-7 and their caregivers. It is an inclusive and interactive story time geared for kids that have trouble sitting through regular storytimes. The Herman & Kate Kaiser Library hosts a Sensory Storytime every month, and as does the Owasso branch and other locations. Each session is limited to 12 children, and pre-registration is required. To learn more visit http://kids.tulsalibrary.org/sensorystorytime/, or check your local library.
Horseback Riding - Several area riding centers are affiliated with the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA), and offer therapeutic horseback riding.
American Therapeutic Riding Center (ATRC) is located near Sand Springs. http://atrcok.org/
Bit by Bit is located near Oolagah, near Hwy 169. http://bitbybitok.wix.com/bit-by-bit
The Right Path Riding Academy is in Drumright, OK. http://rightpathridingacademy.org/
Gymnastics - Tulsa World Gymnastics offers a class for special needs kids, ages 3-7. http://www.tulsagymnastics.com/special-needs.html
Cheerleading - Green Country Shining Stars is for special needs girls. http://www.greencountryshiningstars.com/special-needs-cheerleading.asp
Ballet/Dance - Miss Shelly's has a class for children with special needs that meets the first & third Saturday of the month. http://www.missshellysschoolofdance.com/special-needs-class-schedule/
Soccer - Metro Tulsa Soccer Club has a special needs league. http://www.metrotulsasoccer.com/page/show/844679-mtsc-special-needs-league-snl-
Chuck E. Cheese has Sensory Sensitive Sundays. https://www.chuckecheese.com/events/sensory-sensitive-sundays
Theater - The Penguin Project at Clark Youth Theater is for special needs kids, ages 8-22. http://www.clarkyouththeatre.com/currentseason/the-penguin-project-at-clark-youth-theatre/
What resources are available for grandparents raising grandchildren?
There are several resources in the Tulsa area for grandparents (or other family) who are raising grandchildren, and AARP is a great national resource
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group
Asbury Methodist Church
6767 S. Mingo Road, Tulsa , OK 74133
Contact Sandie Sullivan at 918-381-1931
Family & Children's Services offers education programs for grandparents raising grandchildren. For questions about this program call 918-560-1114 or contact the main number at 918-587-9471. 650 S. Peoria, Tulsa, OK 74120. Website is https://www.fcsok.org/classes/ and email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Oxford HealthCare - Community Care Division offers respite vouchers to help grandparents (55 & older) purchase child care/respite care in Creek, Osage and Tulsa Counties. This is funded by an Older Americans Act grant through the Tulsa Area Agency on Aging. Contact them at 918-258-1111, 800-316-2222, 3040 N. Hemlock Circle, Broken Arrow, OK 74012. Website is http://www.oxford-healthcare.com/senior-resources-older-americans-act-grant/ and email is email@example.com
AARP has a Grandparent Information Center. Contact them at 202-434-2296, 888-687-2277, 601 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20049. Website is http://www.aarp.org/home-family/friends-family/ and email is firstname.lastname@example.org