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Sensory-friendly Valentine's Day event for kids with autism

Posted at 11:00 PM, Feb 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-06 00:02:31-05

TULSA, Okla. — Valentine’s Day can be daunting for anyone wondering if they will receive a gift from someone special.

For many individuals with autism, this can be a day full of anxiety for the same reason. Making social connections can be challenging for young people living on the spectrum.

Sherri Hicks is the mother of 8-year-old Titus who has autism.

“So many times, kids [on the autism spectrum] get secluded from events or large gatherings due to the way others perceive them,” Hicks said.

Tony Tinervia, who was diagnosed with autism later in life, wanted to make sure that every child living with autism would always receive a valentine. So, Tinervia started the Autism Valentine’s Day Toy Drive three years ago.

This year, the event will be held at Dave & Buster's in Tulsa near East 69th Street and South 105th East Avenue. It is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Tinervia said the venue will be sensory-friendly. Each child will receive a toy and a $10 free game card.

If you know a child who would love to attend, RSVP here.

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