In an effort to make the public more aware of events the Arkansas Autism Resource and Outreach Center has scheduled two very special activities in Phillips County – Autism play-dates at Freeman Playground and an Autism support group session.

In an effort to make the public more aware of events the Arkansas Autism Resource and Outreach Center has scheduled two very special activities in Phillips County – Autism play-dates at Freeman Playground and an Autism support group session.

The Autism play-dates will get underway Saturday, July 22 beginning at 9 a.m.

“This is an opportunity for the parents of children with Autism to gain hope, direction and support from other parents while their child enjoys a safe, quiet space to play and have fun with other kids of all ability levels,” commented Katy Cravens, Delta region liaison for the AROC. “Families are invited to join in every Saturday morning at the playground.

Freeman Playground is located at 803 Beech St. in Helena. Dedicated to the memory of Freeman Ellis Stanley and all children of Phillips County who left this world all too soon, the playground was established by Freeman's parents, Will and Misti Staley, as a place of fun and laughter.

An Autism Support Group session will be held Thursday, July 27 starting at 5:30 p.m. in Room 308 of the UAMS East campus in Helena.

“The support group is a means of families with Autistic children to be able to talk with members of other families in the community who have a loved one with Autism or other disabilities,” stated Cravens. “A caring staff member will be available to talk through issues, or simply listen, as needed in a safe space provided by UAMS East.”

Refreshments will be provided.

If you plan to attend the support group session or need more information about the play-dates, please RSVP Cravens at (870) 572-2727, Ext. 127.