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Events for Kids with Autism

This month is jam-packed with sensory-friendly and supportive activities for families touched by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental delays. From visits with Santa to support sessions with other parents, here is a peek at the Hopebridge community events in your backyard during the month of December.

December Autism-Friendly Happenings at Hopebridge and in Your Community

Find the events near you:

Indiana

 

Caring Santa in Greenwood
12/2/18, 12/9/18, 12/16/18 | 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.

Caring Santa creates a low-sensory experience inside of SIMON Malls. Children who want to meet Santa and get their photo taken can do so without the extra elements of sound, intense lighting and fountain water rushing. To learn more, visit the Autism Society of Indiana website.

Greenwood Park Mall, 1251 US-31 N, Greenwood, IN 46142

Caring Santa in Indianapolis
12/9/18  |  9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Caring Santa creates a low-sensory experience inside of SIMON Malls. Children who want to meet Santa and get their photo taken can do so without the extra elements of sound, intense lighting and fountain water rushing. To learn more, visit the Autism Society of Indiana website.

Castleton Square, 6020 E 82nd St., Indianapolis, IN 46250

Caring Santa in Bloomington
12/9/18  |  9 a.m.-10 a.m. & 12/16/18  |  8 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

Caring Santa creates a low-sensory experience inside of SIMON Malls. Children who want to meet Santa and get their photo taken can do so without the extra elements of sound, intense lighting and fountain water rushing. To learn more, visit the Autism Society of Indiana website.

College Mall, 2894 3rd St., Bloomington, IN 47401

Caring Santa in Lafayette
12/9/18  |  10 a.m.-11 a.m.

Caring Santa creates a low-sensory experience inside of SIMON Malls. Children who want to meet Santa and get their photo taken can do so without the extra elements of sound, intense lighting and fountain water rushing. To learn more, visit the Autism Society of Indiana website.

Tippecanoe Mall, 2415 Sagamore Parkway S, Lafayette, IN 47905

Hopebridge Holiday at Merrillville Center
12/14/18  |  4 p.m.-5 p.m.

Santa and his helpers are planning to visit the kiddos of the Hopebridge Merrillville center. Learners have the chance to participate in holiday activities and small gifts will be delivered by Santa. During the last 30 minutes of the therapy session, families are invited to observe and take photos of their child with Santa and his friends. The event is open to kids who attend Hopebridge Merrillville and their families. For more information, parents should check in with their child’s therapy team.

Hopebridge Merrillville, 251 West 84th Dr., Merrillville, IN 46410

Hopebridge Kokomo Grand Opening & Cookies with Santa
12/18/18  |  5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Celebrate the brand new Kokomo center and enjoy cookies with Santa. The sensory-friendly holiday experience and grand opening includes drinks and snacks, a ceremonial ribbon-cutting, tours of the new building and education on the Hopebridge360 therapy model. This event is open to all families of children with autism and other special needs. For more information, visit the Hopebridge Facebook page.

Hopebridge Kokomo, 1558 East Boulevard St., Suite A, Kokomo, IN 46902

Encourage, Empower and Enjoy the Autism Spectrum Support Group
12/18/18  |   6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

The Autism Society of Indiana (ASI) offers a support group for caregivers of individuals with autism. It is open to anyone who wants help with local resources or advice from other autism parents who have “been there and done that.” For more information, visit the ASI website.

Autism Society of Indiana, 127 Airport North Office Park, Fort Wayne, IN 46825

Vigo County Autism Support Group
12/19/18  |   6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Come share your thoughts, feelings and experience with other individuals touched by autism at the Vigo County Autism Support Group. The group meets in the Vigo County Public Library conference room on the third Wednesday each month. Child care is not provided. For more information, visit the Autism Society of Indiana website.

Vigo County Public Library, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN 47807

Ohio

 

Coffee, Tea & Autism in Medina
12/3/18  |   5:30 p.m.-6:45 p.m.

This informal support group in Kent provides a time for discussion, information-sharing, celebration and no-judgement understanding among anyone impacted by autism. Facilitators are volunteers who have first-hand knowledge of living the autism journey and have completed their training in active listening skills, group dynamics and accessing resources. For more information, visit the ASGA website.

Medina ESC, 124 W. Washington St., Medina, OH 44256

ASGA Holiday Open House
12/4/18  |   4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Mix and mingle, join the Autism Society of Greater Akron for cocoa and jingle! Whether you’re in work clothes, “ugly” holiday sweaters or a style all your own, the organization just wants to see you smile. For more details, visit the ASGA website.

ASGA Offices, 703 S. Main St., Akron, OH 44311

Coffee, Tea & Autism in Kent
12/7/18 & 12/21/18  |  7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

This informal support group in Kent provides a time for discussion, information-sharing, celebration and no-judgement understanding among anyone impacted by autism. Facilitators are volunteers who have first-hand knowledge of living the autism journey and have completed their training in active listening skills, group dynamics and accessing resources. For more information, visit the ASGA website.

Panera Bread, 4338 Kent Road, Stow, OH 44224

School Age Playtime
12/8/18  |  10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Hosted by Voices and Visionaries and Linden Gove school, the School Age Playtime event is a series of sensory games created for children ages 6 to 12 with autism and other developmental disabilities. Students will work with Visionaries and Voices artist, Ishmael Williams, to create their own moveable paper puppet. Using traditional paper shadow puppetry and comic book characters as inspiration, students will strengthen fine motor skills while using their imagination to create original narratives for their very own puppets. For details, visit the Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati website.

Linden Grove School at St. Saviour Education Center, 4122 Myrtle Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45236

Preschool Playtime
12/8/18  |  10 a.m.-11 a.m.

A playtime program for preschoolers ages 3 to 6 on the autism spectrum, kids are encouraged to play, socialize and build important skills through a variety of fun activities in a structured environment. For details, visit the Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati website.

Kid Power Therapy Services, Inc., 5989 Meijer Dr., Suite 4, Milford, OH 45150

Sensory-Friendly Performance of Santa Claus the Musical
12/8/18  |  10 a.m.-11 a.m.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati creates special performances for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families at the Taft Theatre. Performed in a welcoming, supportive environment, slight adjustments are made to lighting and sound and effects are minimalized. There will be a special break areas and a downloadable social narrative. For more details, visit the Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati website.

Taft Theatre, 317 East Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Coffee, Tea & Autism in Ravenna
12/18/18  |  10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

This informal support group in Kent provides a time for discussion, information-sharing, celebration and no-judgement understanding among anyone impacted by autism. Facilitators are volunteers who have first-hand knowledge of living the autism journey and have completed their training in active listening skills, group dynamics and accessing resources. For more information, visit the ASGA website.

Reed Memorial Library (Carlin Room), 167 E. Main St., Ravenna, OH 44266

Kentucky

 

ASK Monthly Support Meetings
12/8/18  |  10 a.m.-noon

Need some advice or someone to lend a listening ear? The Autism Society of Kentuckiana holds a support group the second Saturday of each month. Free childcare is provided and non-members are welcome. For more information, please visit the ASK website.

Home of the Innocents, Hockensmith Pediatric Assessment Center, 1100 E. Market St., Louisville, KY 40206

Panel Discussion: Community Discussion Making Schools Safe
12/11/18  |   5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Join the Autism Society of the Bluegrass as members of the community and lawmakers discuss what can be done to make schools safer for everyone, especially to one of the most vulnerable populations. For more information, visit the ASBG Facebook page.

Lexington Public Library, 140 E Main St., Lexington, Kentucky 40507

December Parent Gathering – Breakfast & Ornament Exchange
12/14/18  |   9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Join the Families for Effective Autism Treatment of Louisville for a holiday breakfast with other parents in the FEAT family. Anyone who would like to participate should bring a wrapped ornament valued at $5 or less to exchange. For more information, visit the FEAT Facebook page.

Zeggs, 2400 Lime Kiln Lane, KY 40222

Georgia

 

Santa Cares
12/19/18 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Children within every spectrum of special needs and their families are invited to a private photo session with Santa Claus. For details and to reserve tickets, please visit the event site.

Atlantic Station, 1380 Atlantic Dr., Atlanta, GA 30363

Autism Hope Center Game Night
12/11/18  |   6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

The Autism Hope Center Support Group serves to unite and inform parents on autism issues in the Chattahoochee Valley. It is held the second Tuesday of each month and childcare is available with a reservation. For more information, please visit the Autism Society of Georgia website.

Midtown Medical Conference Center, 710 Center St., Columbus, GA 31901

Autism Hope Center Tween Social
12/20/18  |   6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

For 8- to 12-year-olds in the Columbus, Georgia community looking to interact with other peers on the autism spectrum, this tween social is the place to be. The event is held the third Thursday of each month. For more information, visit the Autism Society of Georgia website.

North Highland Church, 7300 Whittlesey Blvd., Columbus, GA 31909

Come join other Hopebridge parents at these events and more throughout the month by visiting our center location pages or Facebook page. Please feel free to share your photos with us on social media, too!

 

*You must be receiving services in a Hopebridge center to attend Parents Night Out.