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Community Activities

The Section of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics works within the community to broaden services and programs for our fellow Oklahomans:

Oklahoma Autism Center

The services provided through Oklahoma Autism Center (OAC) Early Foundations program contribute to services available to clients served in Oklahoma's Early Intervention Program (Part-C of IDEA), SoonerStart. This program is provided through a partnership with county health departments and local education agencies. The Autism Center's Early Foundation Program collaborates with other programs of OUHSC, Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital, and Child Study Center to provide clinical experience/ training related to early identification and treatment of autism for Pediatric Residents, LEND interns and educators. Early Foundations includes 16 FTE employees (part-time and full-time staff). The OAC's Early Foundation Model Program for Autism received grant from Gaylord Foundation to replicate Early Foundation model in rural areas of western Oklahoma. Oklahoma Autism Center also received a grant from the Arnall Family Foundation to reinstate their Autism Assessment Team Training for schools, pilot a new training program for elementary schools, and provide additional follow-up services for schools receiving consultations. OAC received a grant from the Inasmuch Foundation to expand their professional development services through the MESA project.. Family Support Coordinator, Jeanne Chamber’s from the Oklahoma Autism Center received the “Groover of the Year” award from Today’s Therapy Solutions for her work providing resources and support for the Oklahoma Autism community. OAC partners with the State Health Department, County Health Departments, and Department of Education agencies, which all receive benefit through services provided to clients and workforce training provided to clinical staff working for partnering agencies.


works to advance a comprehensive, unified system of health, social and educational services for Oklahoma Children and Youth with Special Needs through community based resource coordination. County coordinators help coalitions identify gaps in service and to develop their own unique ways of addressing the gaps. The program expanded to 18 counties which covers over half of the children in Oklahoma. Bilingual Spanish services are now available. Improving inclusive community capacity for families raising a child with special needs is a major focus. Additionally county coordinators provide service navigation to families of children birth to 21 years of age. The program offers statewide resource and referral since it merged with Oasis in 2012, a statewide information and referral for families raising a child with special needs.

Additional programs for families

  • Sibshops: a program specifically for siblings that have a brother or sister with special needs. Currently there are over 14 active Sibshops including two unique focuses, Supporting Hispanic Siblings and the Children’s Center.
  • Lifespan Respite Voucher Program: Funded by the Aging Services Division of Department of Human Services. This program allows caregivers to have a temporary break from their caregiving duties.
  • Parents with Intellectual Disabilities: Funded by the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council to train providers to provide support to parents with intellectual disabilities.
  • Health Care Transition: For two years the program has worked on health care transition to assist families and providers transitioning from pediatric to adult health care services. A subcommittee was established and meets bi-monthly or as needed to fulfill this performance measure set by DHS Title V.
  • On the Road Family Perspective Conferences continue to be held throughout the state to provide a one-day training for families to learn about services and supports for their child with special needs/disability.