The Autism Society of Texas offers several recreational opportunities for families to meet one another in an informal setting. Every month, families enjoy play dates for children on the spectrum of all ages, AMC Theaters Sensory-Friendly Films, and Friends and Family Happy Hour just for adults. Some of our other special events during the year include a roller-skating party for teens, Round Rock Baseball outings, hockey games partnered with the Texas Stars Foundation, our big Candlelight Ranch Picnic, summer fun pool parties, and our holiday wine-tasting party in December. Join the fun!
- 5 KidsCuts for $70.
- Save $40 on the retail price for 5 cuts (which is $110!)
- 10% of ALL card sales donated to the Autism Society of Texas throughout April!
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Cookie Cutters has been dedicated to being autism-friendly from the opening of their first store! Read about their approach and the Autism Society of Texas training their stylists receive here: http://www.texasautismsociety.org/cookie-cutters-haircuts-for-kids-autism-friendly/
Once this crisis is over, we know your kiddos are going to need haircuts (or DIY cuts will need to be fixed:0))! Take advantage of this fab deal and help a wonderful cause at the same time! Cards will be mailed to you via USPS. Thanks so much for your support!
We are so excited to have a our 2nd Annual Autism Awareness Walk in Burnet, TX. Some notes about the event. The gym will open at 8:30 AM for registration. Walk-Up Registration is Welcome. Music will be provided by DJ Freddie! We will have prizes for all participants. Each walker/family will be introduced as they walk out on the basketball court. Walk will start around 9:30 and end at 11:00. We will have activity tables for sensory play and this event will be kid friendly.
Family Walk Events Include-Pinwheel Walk, Spirit Walk, Light-Up Walk, & Family Pedometer Contest.
We will end our event with an Eco-friendly biodegradable Balloon Release at or before 11:30. Come and enjoy some good fun and exercise Saturday morning. Before you leave you can take a picture by our Autism Balloon Ribbon Sculpture!
All proceeds are used to fund programs, promote education and awareness, and provide access to resources for families and adults living with autism in Texas.
Burnet Middle School only allows foot traffic only. Strollers will not be allowed on the court but you can use them and bring your stuff in but they will have to stay up by the stands/bleachers. No pets.
Our support group is for caregivers. It is very informal. We share ideas, resources, and support with one another. Kids are welcome to come along. Please joins us for a cup of coffee and to chat about all things autism.
Please note! This group meets every other month on even months: Feb., April, June, August, October, December
FREE EASTER EGG HUNT for Children with Special Needs and their Siblings!
Join us in this special event of Easter Egg Hunting and other eggciting Easter activities at Brill Elementary 9102 Herts Road, Spring TX 77379. Bring your family and meet some special guests!
Spring, TX, Brill Elementary – Sensory Friendly Easter Egg Hunt for children with special needs and their families on Saturday, April 4, 2020 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm.
Join us for this Free Family Fun Event! This event is designed to be sensory friendly, safe and inclusive. Enjoy a meet and greet with photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny along with Olaf, Elsa, Anna and special guests.
IMPORTANT: All participants must pre-register for this event to be able to attend. Make sure to sign up in the right category so that your child will be in the right area to accommodate their special needs.
LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE – REGISTER TODAY AT http://www.SoulHappyProject.com.
Schedule of Events:
12:00pm – Easter Bunny and Friends Meet & Greet
1:45pm – Special needs Easter egg hunt
2:00pm – Siblings Easter egg hunt
There is no age limit in the Special Needs Egg Hunt category. We welcome all ages and special abilities from age 1 to 100. However, for the siblings, ages 1 to 12 are encouraged. There will also be several different areas based on ability and needs.
AREA 1 – SPECIAL NEEDS AREA – Mobility
This area is specially designed to accommodate children in walkers and wheelchairs
AREA 2 – SPECIAL NEEDS AREA – Dietary Restrictions
This area will contain Easter eggs with special prizes but no candy to be able to accommodate children with any special dietary restrictions.
AREA 3 – SPECIAL NEEDS AREA
This area will be for special needs children. The Easter eggs will contain candy and other sensory friendly items.
AREA 4 – SIBLINGS OF SPECIAL NEEDS AREA
This area is for siblings of special needs children with ages 1 to 12.
*Volunteers & Donations Needed*
Sign up for volunteers: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4BA9A82AA6FC1-free
Donations please message SoulHappyProject@gmail.com.
Rain Date: This is an outdoor event, and if the weather doesn’t permit it, this will be re-scheduled on Saturday, April 11th time will be the same. We encourage everyone to always check any event updates and visit SoulHappyProject.com for more details.
This Free Family Fun Special Needs Event is brought to you by Collette Sinclaire Risch & Camden Risch with The Soul Happy Project.
The Soul Happy Project
Bringing happiness into the world and creating a cohesive community environment and providing positive community experiences based on the foundations of Love, Joy and Happiness.
The soul happy project was created with the belief that happiness comes from within, where it grows and is passed on to others. It is our goal to foster positive mental attitudes, community inclusion and uplifting experiences for all. The Soul Happy Project was founded on the ideals of human equality, inclusion and love for all with an emphasis on positive and loving foundations to increase understanding of each other and eliminate fear, ignorance and hate. Visit SoulHappyProject.com and join us in making this a better world, one smile at time.
Our ACEing Autism program in Austin, TX will be holding their spring session in April, and we hope that you would like to try introducing your child to tennis! ACEing Autism’s adaptive tennis curriculum creates an opportunity for a safe, patient, and fun space for children with autism to foster confidence, the enjoyment of fitness, gain interest in a new sport, and increase social skills, fine & gross motor skills, and turn-taking. Our community programs offer a space for kids to be themselves and have fun while learning tennis! Coaches & volunteers lead participants through drills, tennis skills, and games, advancing each step based on each individual. We provide all of the necessary equipment during the sessions.
Our Austin program will run on Saturdays from April 11th through May 16th from 2:00 – 3:00 pm. You can find more information about our Austin Program and reach out to our Program Director, Danny DaGian, here: https://aceingautism.org/locations/austin-tx/
Where: IHOP in the private room
803 E NASA Parkway
RSVP to Dana firstname.lastname@example.org
Save the date! Due to event cancellations, this event will no longer be held in the Band Hall at the Butler School of Music. Directions on how to RSVP, as well as location and parking information, will be coming soon.
As part of an ongoing Community Music Therapy initiative, the Autism Society of Texas will host a sensory-friendly concert on April 24th (between 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM). The program will feature performers from the Center for Music Therapy, Hurley Piano, the UT Sting Project, and more! Supported by a team of specialized SFC volunteers (made up of social workers, music therapists, professors, community musicians, and AST personnel), we aim to provide an evening of musical enjoyment for the whole family, free of physical or social barriers. Traditional classical music concert etiquette will be relaxed. Audience members will be encouraged to participate by moving about freely as needed, whether that be to seek sensory input or to practice self-expression through movement and dance. Ear plugs and sensory aids will be provided. A quiet room will be available. Stage and house lighting will be thoughtfully balanced. Sound amplification will be minimal. During the performance, there will be opportunities to engage in an interactive, Instrument Petting Zoo, as well as a musical resource fair. AST is committed to ensuring a positive, inclusive musical experience for every performer and audience member. Organizing these concerts with the guidance of individuals and families impacted by ASD provides us a unique opportunity to explore what “sensory-friendly” truly means. Come out and support this blossoming community of talented performers and organizations!
Join us for exclusive hours at PlayMazing (previously called Catch Air)! They are opening early for Special Needs Families and offering discount prices for special needs kids & siblings! Ages 1-2 is $5.68 and ages 3 & up are $8.93. They open to the public at 10am but you can stay as long as you want. You can even return later in the day since the pass is good for ALL day.
They are eager to accommodate our group like turning off loud music and/or turning off any lights that might be too overwhelming. During our exclusive hours, our kids can go to any section.
NOTE: Everyone MUST wear socks (adults & kids). You can bring dry snacks but must eat at tables in front. They also have concessions there.
Website with pictures: https://www.playmazing.fun/
Saturday Jan 18 @ 8:30am – ROUND ROCK
•Saturday Feb 22 @ 8:30am – AUSTIN
•Saturday March 14 @ 8:30am – ROUND ROCK
•Saturday April 25 @ 8:30am – AUSTIN
•Saturday May 16 @ 8:30am – ROUND ROCK
Water Safety Presentation for Parents/Caregivers focusing on how you and your family can be safer around water to prevent drowning.
• Presented by Amy Linkous of Swim for All in collaboration with One of the Kids and the Autism Society of Texas.
• Drowning is the number one cause of unintentional injury-related death for children under 5 and a leading cause for ages 1-14.
• Drowning is a leading cause of death for children with autism and accounts for approximately 90 percent of deaths associated with wandering or bolting by those age 14 and younger.
• DROWNING IS FAST and SILENT.
• No one is drown proof.
• Drowning is preventable.
Childcare is available on site for this event.
Thinkery is committed to providing an accessible and interactive experience for all. During Sensory Friendly Hours, Thinkery extends a special invitation to learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) or other special needs to explore Thinkery with their families.
A typical visit to Thinkery can be challenging for those who feel overwhelmed by large crowds and excessive stimuli. In acknowledgment of this, the galleries will be modified to reduce extra stimuli and ticket sales will be limited to reduce crowding.