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Summer Indoor Sensory Playground!
With summer here and the warmer temperatures, we have found our families are spending more time outside. Because of this, Our Loving Children will be changing the open hours at the sensory playground at Southbridge Mall. Starting in June, Our Loving Children…at play indoor sensory playground will be open a variety of different days/times as chosen by volunteers, rather than just the weekends. We are hoping this helps us to better meet the needs of our volunteers and families. Since the new open hours will vary and will depend upon volunteer sign up, we will post the open hours on our public AT PLAY calendar. 

Southbridge Mall is open every Monday through Friday 10am -8pm, every Saturday from 10am-7pm and every Sunday from 12pm-5pm. If you would like to volunteer to open the playground during any of those times, please email us at play@ourlovingchildren. org. Let us know the date and times you’d like to volunteer and we will get it put on our public calendar!  Thanks!!

Light it up BLUE in April for Autism Awareness Month!
Pick your Free BLUE spiral CFL fluorescent light bulb at OLC...at play at Southbridge Mall 1pm-4pm any Saturday through March31st!

Join us at the Harlem Globetrotters!
Join us to watch the Harlem Globetrotters at the Mason City High School on Monday, April 1st at 7:00pm! FREE general admission tickets for your special needs child and an additional family member. We will also have reserved seats near the doorway...just in case!

Congratulations to our 2018 Special Needs iPad Grant Giveaway 
We hope you enjoy the new school year with your new iPad Maxwell!!

Radio info...Our Loving Children...Clink Mic to listen!   

Weighted Blanket Give-A-Way!

Yay Sammy! We are so happy you are the Roller City winner of our special "made with love" weighted blanket! Big hugs from all of us at OLC!

Download our new contact card...

Support us when you shop on Black Friday. Go to smile.amazon.com/ch/46-1504720 and Amazon donates to Our Loving Children.

Our Loving Children is now an official 

Thrivent Choice Organization!

If you are considering where to invest your charitable dollars, you can direct your choice dollars to Our Loving Children to help our families with special needs! https://service.thrivent.com/…/publ…/orgDetails/100411217723

Thank you Cost Cutters!!

A big thank you to Cost Cutters of Evans Enterprises. You are a blessing to our community and our families! 
We are thankful for YOU!

Thank you RSM!!

A HUGE thank you to this great group of people at RSM for all of their hard work and dedication to help Our Loving Children support Autism and Special Needs in North Iowa! Our hearts are full!

Thank you CENT Credit Union!!

A HUGE thank you to this great group of people at CENT Credit Union for supporting Our Loving Children, Autism and Special Needs in North Iowa! If you haven't had a chance to "like" their Facebook page, please do! Kudo's to CENT!!!

Our special families enjoying some support and smiles during 

the Harlem Globetrotters!! 


See our recent articles in the Globe Gazette about 
Our Loving Children...at play (formerly...Sensory World!)

Watch a  sneak peek into Our Loving Children...
at play from Autism Speaks! 

Our Loving Children Walking for Autism Speaks in Kansas City

From Lacey, Co-President of Our Loving Children...Today I walk for Jack. The challenges - the rewards of autism. The little milestones that scream big progress. I join a community of families who start as strangers yet instantaneously bond due to this unique connection. I walk thinking of the therapists and teachers who have become like family. Each one has walked a portion of this road with us and hold a special place in my heart as they work tirelessly to help Jack reach goals that seem so distant. I walk being grateful for Our Loving Children for being a continued support network and unbreakable friendship. Autism has taught me unspeakable patience and unconditional love. It has given me strength to advocate without fear. But mostly, the art of functioning on minimal sleep and knowing that God's mercies are sometimes disguised.


KIMT reports on FDA ruling on Autism!!

Great news on KIMT! FDA ruling to help crack down on those trying to give substandard care for families desperate for help. There isn't a quick cure but there are ways to help. The only therapy that is scientifically proven to be effective at addressing the needs of an individual with autism spectrum disorder continues to be ABA directed by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Visit the Board Analyst Certification Board (BACB) at http://www.bacb.com/ to see if there is a quality provider near you!

KIMT News 3- The Food and Drug Administration says they are cracking down on those who say they have a quick cure for Autism.

The disorder now impacts 1 in every 68 children in the U.S. and that number could be growing. Autism is also one of the fastest growing serious developmental disability. We talked to an expert in this field who told us more about the condition. “At this time, unfortunately we do not have a cure. There is no cure for Autism, however there are a number of things that can help, that can help with symptoms,” Therapist and Physiologist Sharon Davern said.

Davern also told us that you need to talk to your doctors before doing any treatments.

A big THANK YOU to our Mason City Walmart for supporting Our Loving Children and for awarding Our Loving Children with a $1500.00 check! This will go a long way in helping us to fulfill our mission of providing advocacy, education, resources, and support to those impacted by autism or special needs!  THANK YOU WALMART!!!

Study:  1 in 68 Kids has autism! Our Loving Children's Perspective!
For the full story, click link:

Mission Statement:

To bring parents the support, tools, and resources to not only accept and understand their child’s diagnosis, but to help provide crucial information to allow them to make informed, educated decisions for their child regarding their special needs and the true meaning of advocacy. Throughout this journey we hope to give parents the empowerment of knowledge, confidence, and hope.

Our Loving Children Rack Card:

Feel free to download and print our "Our Loving Children" brochure and share with others. 

Help spread Autism Awareness!    



  • CENT locations light blue for autism The blue LED outdoor lighting at CENT Credit Union will be turned on at sundown throughout the month of April as a show of support for Autism Awareness Month and ...
    Posted Apr 7, 2018, 4:53 PM by Victoria Ries
  • Mason City firm raises funds for local Autism group MASON CITY | A local Autism awareness group has received $12,091 raised by a Mason City accounting firm. Special Kids Special Love was presented the check Thursday during a reception ...
    Posted Mar 12, 2016, 8:01 PM by Victoria Ries
  • Sensory World opens at Southbridge Mall http://kimt.com/2015/01/31/sensory-world-opens-at-southbridge-mall/MASON CITY, Iowa – Saturday marked the grand opening for Sensory World indoor playground at Southbridge Mall in Mason ...
    Posted Mar 12, 2016, 8:01 PM by Victoria Ries
  • Autism Awareness Day at the Capital Join us for Awareness Day at the Capital on Wednesday, January 28th. Don't forget to wear your red! 11am - 1pmRoom 230Meet on the 2nd floor stairs at 12:00pm ...
    Posted Mar 12, 2016, 8:01 PM by Victoria Ries
  • SENSORY WORLD: A Special Place for Special Kids MASON CITY | Sensory World in Southbridge Mall is a place where special kids with special needs get special love at a special place to learn and play.Located across from ...
    Posted Mar 12, 2016, 8:01 PM by Victoria Ries
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