JULY 2023

Sooner SUCCESS Spring and Summer Events

Sibling Camp

We held our 2nd Annual Sibling Camp June 14-16. The camp was a partnership with Cavett Kids FoundationCamp TriveraOKDHS Community Living, Aging & Protective Services and Oklahoma State Department of Health. The camp provided an overnight, fun camp experience for individuals with special health care needs and their siblings. Additionally, family caregivers received three days of respite. Siblings connected with other siblings from across the state in an inclusive camp environment. Campers reported that they had not ever attended a camp previously and/or had not had the opportunity to attend a camp with their sibling with special health care needs. Sooner SUCCESS is committed to continuing to support siblings. To learn more about future camps or sibling programming, please check out our Sooner SUCCESS website or join our email list.

children and adults in matching shirts

Quotes from campers and caregivers:

"Sibling camp is the best camp in the world. We get to have fun here and eat good food"

"We were so thankful for all the support that was given to our camper and our sibling. They both felt cared for and loved."

"They were so excited. More than anything it was a shared experience. They haven't had any that they bond over and this was great. The stories they told in such a short time was awesome."

4 smiling children holding a large snake
Sooner SUCCESS staff in camp t-shirts standing with Thunder Mascot

Family Caregiver Retreats

This spring, with the support of the Developmental Disabilities Council of Oklahoma, Sooner SUCCESS hosted 63 family caregivers of children and adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities from 9 counties at retreats in Edmond and Tulsa. The retreats were designed to offer a time of relaxation and recharging. A variety of fun activities were made available. Prior to attending the Caregiver Retreats, each family caregiver participated in a thorough resource navigation discussion with a Sooner SUCCESS county coordinator. Charting the Life Course Exploring Respite was discussed with each family caregiver.

Caregivers holding their canvas paintings

Caregiver Quote: “The retreat/respite opportunity was very much needed and appreciated. It allowed my husband and I to connect in a way that was priceless, spending time without the typical disruptions of caretaking. It was also great meeting some other parents who go through the same struggles, it is always nice to not feel alone as a caregiver.”

Sibshops Facilitator Certification Training held June 28-29

Working towards building capacity across the state to support siblings continues to be a priority for Sooner SUCCESS. Emily Holl, Director of Kindering led the two-day training This national training was held in partnership with OKDHS Community Living, Aging & Protective Services and Oklahoma State Department of Health. What are Sibshops? Sibshops are opportunities for brothers and sisters of children with physical, developmental or intellectual disabilities or mental health concerns, to obtain peer support and education within a recreational context. The workshops are lively, pedal-to-the-metal celebrations of the many contributions made by brothers and sisters. Sibshops acknowledge that being the brother or sister of a person with special needs is for some, a good thing, for others a not-so-good thing, and for many, somewhere in between.  Sibshops are typically 3 hour events open to school-aged children 5-15, generally held monthly during the school year, offering lively, recreational activities facilitated by trained volunteers. Information and discussion activities are interspersed with fun games and age-appropriate programming.

Sibshops understand the key role siblings play in providing natural supports for brothers and sisters with special healthcare concerns throughout their lifespan. To learn more about supporting siblings visit Sibshops (

Pool Parties

We've hosted two swim events for hundreds of families with children and adults with special needs. It rained for our June Mustang party but that didn't stop the fun. We moved the event to a nearby church and had Chick Fil A, toys and a great time with friends. Our July event was in Norman and the weather was perfect. Two more coming before the end of summer. See details in this newsletter.

Sooner SUCCESS - Staff Updates

Staff updates - Photos of Samantha Basave moving to Sibling Support Coordinator and Photo of Teairra Jackson new TEFRA Family Support Coordinator

Helping Families

Are you a family needing resources/information or a provider serving families and wanting to connect a family with us? If so, we have a referral link on the top of our website pages titled "Make Referral" (see image below). Once you complete the form, it will be forwarded to the appropriate county coordinator who will reach out to assist. Or you can always contact us by phone at 405-271-2710.

screenshot of Sooner SUCCESS Website


Sensory Sensitive Family Stem Event

iCode in Norman - July 22

Saturday, July 22 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Family Stem Event. iCode Norman and Sooner SUCCESS are team up to bring a fun family STEM day for families with sensory sensitive needs. For ages 7-15, pizza and drinks included, $25 per student. 2751 36th Avenue NW Suite 101, Norman, OK Call 405-217-3337 to enroll.

Back to School Pool Party

July 27, 7:30 - 9:30 pm

Free Back to School Pool Party July 27 from 7:30 - 9:30 at Earlywine Park, 3101 SW 119th, OKC. 405-642-1507 with any questions. .For families that have a child or adult with special needs or disabilities. Individuals must be accompanied by their parents or caregiver in the pool. Encouraged to bring own ice chests, snacks and towels. No glass bottles or alcohol allowed.

Pool Party at The Station in Moore

August 6, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Free Pool Party August 6 at The Station, 700 S Broadway, Moore. 405-651-7809 with any questions. .For families that have a child or adult with special needs or disabilities. Individuals must be accompanied by their parents or caregiver in the pool. Encouraged to bring own ice chests, snacks and towels. No glass bottles or alcohol allowed.

Bilingual On the Road Conference

September 14, 2023

On the Road Conference. LEARN ABOUT RESOURCES AND SUPPORTS For parents, caregivers, and professionals who care for or work with individuals with special needs.THURSDAY , September 14,2023 | 10AM – 3PM  Watchetaker Hall, Comanche Complex  584 Noth West Bingo Rd, Lawton, OK 73507. Call 405-271-2710 for more information and to register

Fall Festival

September 23, 2023

Challenge Air Fly Day

October 7, 2023

flyer - Challenge Air Day Saturday, October 7 at Riverside Tulsa Tech Campus, 801 E 91st Street, Tulsa. Challenge Air for Kids and Friends, is a national nonprofit organization, who is recruiting volunteers, pilots, sponsors and children with special needs between the ages of 7-21 for their free "fly day" event. Register at or call Erin Strayhorn 918-712-0370

Pre-Register Now for the

Oklahoma Family Caregiver Conference

November 2, 2023

More Information:

Caregivers Rock! 2023 Oklahoma Family Caregiver Conference. Save the Date. November 2, 2023

Save the Date Sooner SUCCESS Events

Save the date and check our website for upcoming info on these events:  september 14 - on the road conference - tulsa  september 26 & 28 - wrightslaw conferences -  okc & tulsa  October 25 - On the road conference - ada  november 30 - on the road conference - tulsa

Supplemental Formula Program

Questions ------Application

Supplemental Formula Program Used as a supplement to improve health Requests reviewed on a case by case basis Program eligibility reviewed annually Eligibility: Child with special health care needs Birth through 17 years old Documentation for oral use from a Healthcare Professional (required) Does not qualify for another supplemental formula program. For more information 405-271-2710

Respite Vouchers

Several respite programs are available in Oklahoma. Contact us and let us help locate the most appropriate program for you.

RESPITE SERVICES CAN: provide a much-needed, temporary break from the challenges faced by family caregivers; give caregivers the ability to hire another person (respite provider) to temporarily care for their loved ones.Caregiver must: be 18 or older, full-time, unpaid; be a grandparent or other relative age 54 or younger raising a child; and not receive respite services or payments from other programs including, but not limited to foster care, Family Support Assistance Payment, OAA Title III-E or ODMHSAS Systems of Care funding. recipient must: •be 59 or younger who needs help withactivities of daily living (ADL) who has: •Cognitive Impairment/Dementia •Intellectual Disabilities •Developmental Disabilities •Mental Health/Behavioral Issues •Physical Disabilities •Traumatic Brain Injury •Other special health care needs • not qualify for respite services or payments through any other program. Emergency Vouchers also available.
OKCares,, 1-800-211-2116 Statewide resources directory for Oklahoma caregivers across the lifespan:  Respite locator  Support groups  Legal support  Grandparents or other relatives raising children  Advocacy opportunities  Join the OK Caregiver Coalition  Upcoming events
Maximize Your Respite Time Here are some ways you can take time to care for yourself! 15 Minute Time Out • Write in a journal • Read literature (1 chapter) that is unrelated to work or education • Meditate and pray • Stretch • Call a friend • Make an appointment for yourself (doctor, hair, dentist, manicure) 1 Hour Time Out • Go to the gym or take a fitness/yoga class • Cook your favorite recipe • Meet a friend for lunch • Attend a support group • Go shopping • Get a massage 30 Minute Time Out • Take a walk • Take a hot bath • Take a nap • Work in the garden • Watch a funny TV show • Make a cup of hot tea and enjoy it quietly A Day of Self Care • Go to the museum or take a drive/day trip • You and your spouse go to the movie and then dinner afterwards • Go hiking and have a picnic • Spend the day with a friend • Attend a scheduled appointment Tips for choosing your respite activity: Choose an activity that you have always enjoyed doing you did before you became a caregiver that has meaning to you that will help improve satisfaction with caregiving that will help you reduce the stress you might be feeling that encourages you to use your respite more regularly Caregivers who use their respite time to do what they intended to do may feel less stress and more satisfaction with their caregiving role.
Sooner SUCCESS is hiring. Current Open Positions: Clinical Therapist, Tulsa County Coordinator, Woods/Woodward/Harper Counties Coordinator. Positions coming soon: Coordinators in these counties: Mayes/Rogers/Delaware, Oklahoma. visit for listings


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