The TARC Family Support program is a tremendous resource for families raising children with developmental disabilities. It is a bilingual program, offered in both English and Spanish, available to families living in areas served by the Tulsa Area United Way including Tulsa, Creek, Okmulgee, Osage, Rogers, and Wagoner counties.

Family Support encompasses the following services:

• One-on-One education helping families with questions about a specific disability, such as Down syndrome or autism.
• Helping families access the service delivery system.
• Special education advocacy, working with families and their schools to address the child’s needs in the special education system.
• Professional education for local professionals, service providers and media representatives presented by subject-matter experts on a variety of disabilities-related topics.
• Support groups for a variety of communities. Most support groups meet once a month throughout the whole year.

Mom’s & Dad’s: For parents of children with developmental disabilities focusing on nurturing and supporting families, encouraging positive strategies in dealing with challenges, and sharing in the joy of raising children.
¡Nos Apoyamos! (“We Support Each Other!“) For Spanish-speaking parents of children with developmental disabilities to gather in a relaxed, casual setting with opportunities to share and learn from each other as well as listen to guest speakers.
Teen Connection: Social group for middle and high school students with high functioning autism. Students play board and video games where they can practice positive social skills.
Kids Connection: Social group for students in kindergarten through 5th grade with high-functioning autism.

For more information on Family Support services, including support groups,
contact Sherilyn or Jasmine at 918-582-8272.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

“Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.

With the May 2013 publication of the DSM-5 diagnostic manual, all autism disorders were merged into one umbrella diagnosis of ASD. Previously, they were recognized as distinct subtypes including autistic disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder – not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), and Asperger syndrome.”

– Autism Speaks