Who We Are

Our Loving Children (formerly Special Kids Special Love) Non-profit Organization 501(c) 3

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Our Mission

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 confidence, and hope.

Why We Are Here

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new figures for autism prevalence in the The United States. They now give a prevalence of 1 in 50 children in the US are diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum.  In 2012, there were approximately 329 children with an “official” diagnosis of Autism in Northern Iowa alone. This number would be greatly increased if all children who live on the autism spectrum were officially diagnosed. Many tend to hold off as long as they can on giving "official" Autism diagnoses' for many reasons...insurance, service acceptance/denial based on the diagnosis, labeling, clarity of symptoms, diagnosis compounded with other conditions, inability to get into a screening appointment or required doctors, etc. Autism is more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes, and pediatric AIDS combined. We are feeling these affects in Iowa!

Signs & Symptoms of Autism

Short Term Goals

  • Promote awareness and community education of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). 
  • Provide support to parents, families, and care givers through monthly meetings, special focus groups, resource library, guest speakers, online support, workshops, and educational programs. 
  • Link people to Focus Groups that allow individuals to meet with others who have similar interest and issues. These groups may change from time to time depending upon individual and family need. 
  • Provide advocacy services to parents and family to navigate the system and provide information, support, and services.
  •  Educate the schools, daycare providers, community members, community, etc. regarding the students on the autism spectrum who possess a wide range of abilities. 
  • Provide short term respite care to allow caregivers time away from administering care, with the goal to help the caregivers have lower stress and at the same time fill the needs of the individual receiving care.
  •  Provide resources to families with autistic children such as technology equipment, sensory devices, compression clothing, specialized school supplies, etc.
  • Petition local and state government officials on behalf of support, assistance and resources to help families with special needs. 
  • Maintain links with other organizations and services, such as Family to Family, Autism Speaks, Autism Society, etc. 
  • Link families into support networks in Northern Iowa while extending our network and awareness nationwide!

Long Term Goals

  • Provide Board Certified Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) assessment and therapy on an individualized basis.
  • Become center based to provide support and services to children and families with special needs. Center-based services are conducted in a highly structured setting. Center will be equipped with individual therapy rooms for 1:1 instruction, child break rooms, cafeteria, child-equipped restrooms and indoor/outdoor recreational area. 
  • Comprehensive school education program to enable the educational systems and care centers to foster academic success, independence, self-awareness, social consciousness and behavioral management skills. The school education program is a year-round program providing instruction to those working with children on the autism spectrum to give them the tools to provide a rich and fulfilling school experience. Servicing schools and students through 12th grade.
  • Assessment services for diagnosis of possible Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Curriculum Goal Setting - Selection of treatment goals for each individual guided by data from the initial ABA assessment, and a curriculum scope and sequence that list skills in all domains (learning to learn, communication, social, academic, self-care, motor, play and leisure, etc.). These skills are broken into smaller component skills and sequenced developmentally, or from simple to complex. The overall goal is to help each learner develop skills that will enable him or her to be as independent and successful as possible in the long run.
  • Early intervention program primarily serves preschool aged children in either a home or center-based setting. The program goals focus on improving basic skills related to communication and socialization, as well as reducing challenging behaviors related to Autism Spectrum Disorders.
  • Speech Therapy program works in unison with each child's or youth's behavioral therapy program to promote language and comprehension. Licensed Speech Pathologists collaborate with the Behavioral therapy team to effectively work towards unified goals.
  • Occupational Therapy program works in unison with each child's or youth's behavioral therapy program to promote development and structural living skills. Licensed Occupational Therapists collaborate with the Behavioral therapy team to effectively work towards unified goals.
  • Services for children and youth ages 2 to 21  

Community Impact

Positive attraction to the North Central Iowa area by families seeking appropriate and quality care for their children with special needs. Continued growth of employment and spin off jobs as a result of attracting families with special needs children. Improve the lives of individuals and families in the community by providing opportunities of education, support, and services. Maintaining integrity of care and concern for all citizens in the Mason City area. Support, education, and early treatment is a proven factor in great reductions in overall costs and spending related to city and state government services required for children and adults on the spectrum. Long term positive effect on the community by helping to raise productive, emotionally and physically balanced, contributing citizens for the North Iowa Area.