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Social Support Meeting!!

Learn from an expert! Come and listen to a local high school student share his social experiences and answer your questions. See the social/behavioral resources added to the SKSL lending library! Free resources to keep and resources to take home and borrow! Help your child make positive choices to manage their anger, learn day-to-day social skills, make friends and manage those tough days at school. Free childcare available...if you'd like childcare, please send us an email to  so we can plan accordingly...Thanks!

National Night Out!

Join SKSL and other neighbors for a COMMUNITY CELEBRATION! Activities include kid power 
pedal tractor pull, demonstrations, displays by SKSL and other local community youth oriented

Family Swim on the Spectrum!!

Family socializing and connecting with others who share similar joys and challenges! Special swim for children on the spectrum and children with special needs. Encouraging social time in a non-threatening atmosphere! FREE for the whole family!

Diamond Jo's Arch Allies Concert for Autism Awareness!
Special Kids Special Love has the privilege of being the charity of choice at Diamond Jo Casino's outdoor concert July 26th at 5:00pm! This is a FREE ARCH ALLIES concert and all are invited to come join us help spread awareness, hear more about what "SKSL" is working on and enjoy a night of fun! Please share the flyer and help spread the word!  THANK YOU DIAMOND JO CASINO for caring about our kids!!!

Kiddie Barnyard!
Special Needs children welcome and encouraged to attend the FUN sensory friendly event!!!

Barnyard Buddies ~ Farm Event 
POSTPONED!!!  Due to inclement weather!
We will post new date soon!
Want to be a Barnyard Buddy! Join us for a trip to the Dairy Farm! A socially safe, sensory friendly, fun farming environment for your child to explore and learn about dairy farming in Iowa! Families with children ages 3-12 with autism/special needs! FREE! June 28th at 10am! RSVP by sending an email to or message us here!


 Happy Father's Day!!!!!

A big THANK YOU to our Mason City Walmart for supporting SKSL and for awarding SKSL 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!!!

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Study:  1 in 68 Kids has autism! SKSL's Perspective!
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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.

SKSL Brochure:

Feel free to download and print our "Special Kids Special Love" brochure and share with others. Help spread Autism Awareness! See download at the bottom of this page!



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Special Events

Wisconsin 21st Annual State-Wide Institute on Best Practices in Inclusive Education 2014 Westwood Conference Center, Wausau July 21, 2014 4:00 PM 
Iowa Autism Conference w/Temple Grandin Events Center West, 1701 25th St. in West Des Moine July 18, 2014 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm 
SKSL "Social" Support Meeting 2000 S. McKinley Mason City August 12, 2014 6:30pm - 8:00pm 
Diamond Jo's Autism Charity of Choice Concert Diamond Jo Casino, Northwood IA July 26, 2014 5:00pm opening band begins 
Family Swim on the Spectrum Forest City Aquatic Center August 10, 2014 6:30pm to 8:00pm 
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Victoria Ries,
Jul 18, 2013, 2:35 PM