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Each Sensory Sack™with ICEdot Bracelet includes the following items:
Tote Bag (1)
Noise-Canceling Headphones (1)
Stress Relief Ball (1)
ICEdot Safety Identification Bracelet with Online Database Subscription (1)
Lanyard with ID Tag (1)
2-sided Program Information Card (1)
I'M A-OK Sticker Sheet (8)
Stadium Wristband (2)
PECS Communication Card (1)
The Sensory Sacks™ are great to use for any outing where a sensory issue may be an obstacle to success.
The Sensory Sacks™ are an excellent item to offer your patrons with autism to allow them to experience your business to their fullest. Having these items available for your guest to use are excellent business promotion for any AFL.
Our Sensory Sacks™ can make any event more enjoyable for families with autism. These kits can be customized to highlight your specific event and even include a detailed program schedule which most children and adults with autism will appreciate.
My family went to Upper Crust Pizza on 91st Street. My son Noah and I got there a little early. We met my parents who brought my son Riley with them after his soccer practice. Noah gets very excited when we go out to dinner and long waits tend to be a big problem for us. Thankfully, when I called the restaurant ahead of time, they let me know about a cool app they have for smart phones called "no wait". It's basically like calling ahead and putting your name on the list with about a twenty minute window.
When we arrived, the staff recognized our I'M A-OK® t-shirts right away. They seated us in an extra large booth and made sure the spot was okay. I also brought along a favorite distraction for Noah, one of my cameras. It helps keep Noah occupied while we wait. All of our food was served promptly and with a smile. Noah was a bit tuned out at times, focusing on his iPad, but the staff still gave him their full attention. They were also extremely patient. Eating out and going anywhere busy can be trying. I am so thankful for Autism Friendly Locations and will probably only frequent those places from now on.
- Erin Janssen, mother of Noah, age 9
In 2007, our son Vinnie was diagnosed with autism. We moved back to Tulsa to give him more access to medical care, therapy services, and a school program with expertise in educating students with autism. We left an incredible community in Chickasha who had been extremely supportive of our family.
The Autism Center of Tulsa was invaluable in helping us establish a new community.
I remember when we first participated in an ACT event. It was 2008, at the 2nd annual Ready, Set, Run! The event was at LaFortune Park and we were frozen popsicles after just one lap around the park! Thus began our journey of acceptance and community support in the Tulsa area.
Since that time, our family has participated in well over 50 events sponsored by ACT (now A-OK Autism). These opportunities have given us the courage to not be isolated at home and help promote the social growth of our child. Don't get me wrong, it is not always easy, but we understand the importance of having our son in the community and enjoying activities as a family.
During our most recent outing, we attended the OSU Men's Basketball game. As you can see in the picture, Vinnie and his sister, Rianna, were thrilled to meet Pistol Pete. Thank you to everyone who supports ACT.
-Kim Castaldi, mother of Vinnie, age 10
Jennifer Shoulders makes some great choices when she takes her son out in public. She plans ahead and picks times that will be less busy.
"Some of my best memories of my son so far have come from Chic-Fil-A," she said. "This past spring we had a date for Valentine's Day. We got one of the earliest reservation times so it would not be too crowded. It worked perfectly. We were the only family in our horse-drawn carriage that took us from the parking area to the restaurant."
"The inside was decorated beautifully and they even gave Andrew a flower to give me. We ordered from the menu, and finished our dinner before most of the other reservations had arrived."
"I had given him money before we left the house so he could pay for dinner, which went as planned. But as the table aside us got their check and the mother pulled out money to pay, Andrew said, 'I guess his mommy didn't teach him manners', really loud.
This gave Jennifer an opportunity to have a teachable moment with Andrew and practice those important social skills. Being prepared for these types of behaviors to occur is another important step parents should consider. Overall, the outing was an amazing success. "The little things as simple as a nice dinner out with my son make the best memories. Thanks Chic-Fil-A."
-Jennifer Shoulders, mother of Andrew, age 9Like to share your family's story? Contact us!