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Halloween Activities
  1. October 22- Olive Branch Old Towne FALLFEST (9146 Pigeon Roost Road, Olive Branch, MS 38654) Browse through a wide assortment of arts and crafts and food vendors and enjoy live music! Children can enjoy Trick-or-Treating the streets of Old Towne, for children infant to 12-years.  At 1pm, the Kids Costume Parade and Award Ceremony will finish at City Hall steps. Great fun for the entire family!
  2. October 22- LaBelle Haven Baptist will be doing trunk or treat at Olive Branch City Hall (9200 Pigeon Roost Road, Olive Branch, MS 38654)
  3. October 22- Lifeway Christian Bookstore (6589 Town Center Crossing, Southaven, MS 38671) 10am- 4pm
  4. October 26- Heartland Church (385 Stateline Road W, Southaven, MS 38671)Halloween Party 6:30pm- 8:30pm. Preschoolers through 5th graders.Candy, Costumes and Games.
  5. October 27- Pink Palace Museum (3050 Central Ave.Memphis, TN 38111) Spooky Science Spectacular 5:30pm- 7:30pm. Free for families in the Autism Community! Costumes are optional.
  6. October 29- Fall Festival at Longview Heights (4501 Goodman Road, Olive Branch, MS 38654) on Saturday, from 4pm- 7pm. This event is designed to be family oriented with families participating together. Each family unit will receive a punch card on arrival. As they visit each station their card will be punched. A completed punch card earns a treat bag. Costumes are optional and a fun time is guaranteed!
  7. October 29- Halloween Party at the Sensory Shop (5627 Getwell Rd, Southaven, MS 38672) 10:30am- 12:00pm.
  8. October 29- Halloween Spooktacular at Latimer Lakes (5633 TULANE RD Horn Lake, Mississippi 38637) 5:30 pm till 10:30 pm It's a City Free Event! Activities  and Trunk or Treat from 5:30pm till 7:30pm. Movie 7:30pm till 10:30pm. Double Feature Presentation Transylvania & Transylvania 2! For more information you can call 662-342-3468 If raining before the event you can call our rain out line at 662-404-8484 for updated information..
  9. October 29- Trick or Treat at Tanger Outlets (5205 Airways Blvd, Southaven, MS 38671) from 5pm- 7pm. There will be a special decal on the window of participating stores. Costume contest at 6pm at the playground.
  10. October 29- Harrell Theatre (440 W. Powell Road, Collierville, TN 38017) is having a sensory friendly performance of their current production "Peter and the Starcatcher " at 2pm. It is a fun imaginative prequel to Peter Pan.
  11. October 30- Fall festival at Calvary Baptist (5145 US-51, Horn Lake, MS 38637) from 4:00pm- 8:00pm 

... a program just for brothers and sisters of kids with special needs

In Sibshops
  • Brothers and sisters of kids with special needs have an opportunity to meet and talk with other kids who have siblings with unique needs
  • They will have the opportunity to talk about the good and the not-so-good parts of living with a sibling with special needs
  • Most important, Sibshops are fun! It is an opportunity to meet others, play games, do activities, and have snacks with new friend
Brothers and sisters of kids with intellectual and developmental disabilities often find it difficult to express their feelings about their sibling to others: anger towards a sibling when they display behaviors that prevent the family from going on outings, sadness that their sibling may not learn as quickly as they can, worry over chronic illness of their sibling, or the special pride felt when their sibling with special needs learns a basic but important life skill after months of practice.

Sibshops are a celebration of many contributions
made by brothers and sisters.

At Sibshops, siblings will have the opportunity to share their feelings with other kids that truly understand. Facilitators will assist in this process. As well as peer support, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about their sibling's special needs.
General Information
  • Sibshops are for kids ages 6 - 13 years of age who have a brother or sister with special needs
  • Sibshops will meet at Longview Point Baptist Church in Hernando, MS, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on select Saturdays
  • Cost is $10 per child
  • Questions? Email: rebecca@thearcnwms.org
  • To register your child for Sibshops: http://www.thearcnwms.org/sibshops
Our next SibShop will be Saturday, October 15th
Register for SibShops

Little House Art Project
Little House Art Project began as an idea born of an art program for special needs children. But, why stop with artistically gifted, special needs teens? Many teens yearn for art instruction.

Little House Art Project is an opportunity for all teens to learn more about the fundamentals of art. Studies in light sources, painting still life, and more will be explored in this series of classes with Artist Vicky Neyman (member of Olive Branch Art Council and Gallery 12: A Coterie of Artists).

AGES 12 to 18

Spring and Fall Classes
will be held the Second Saturday of the month,
April through June and August through October.

9:00 a.m. to Noon

$25 per session includes supplies
Limited seating - 15 max.

To reserve your spot go to
Click on Little House Art Project to register

For more class information:

2126 Stateline Road East
Southaven, Mississippi
(in the parking lot of Graceland Christian Church)

SEPTEMBER 10 (rsvp by September 7) -- Pastels
OCTOBER 8 (rsvp by October 5) -- Fall/Halloween Projects
NOVEMBER 12 (rsvp by November 9) -- Cartoon Storyboards
December 10 (rsvp by December 7) - Holiday Gift Art Projects

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Attention Kroger Shoppers!  
Please click the link below and sign up for Community Rewards to support The Arc Northwest Mississippi.  
Every time you use your Kroger Card you will be helping people with special needs!


1.  Sign in or create an account.
2.  You can search for The Arc NWMS by name or you can search by our assigned number:  14251.
3.  Then use your Kroger Card to help The Arc Northwest Mississippi.

 Our next weighted blanket sew in is Monday October 24, 2016 at The Olive Branch Senior Citizens Center.
 We meet from 9 am until 2 pm and make lap pads and fidgets for children who have autism or other sensory processing disorders.

You will want to bring your sewing machine, neutral color thread (grey works great), straight pins,
a snack, your lunch and drink.

We hope you can join us.  The help is very much appreciated.

Dorothy Bundy

The Arc Mid-South is hosting the following workshop on October 21st . 

Response to Intervention and Instruction (RTI²) Workshop (Offered in English and Spanish)

City: Memphis
County: Shelby
Location: The Arc Mid-South, 3485 Poplar Avenue #210
Time(s): 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM CT
Calendar: STEP Workshops - West TN

This workshop is for Parents, family members, advocates, and professionals from disability organizations who will learn…an in depth overview of Tennessee’s RTI² framework and how this problem solving model will be used to identify need for special education intervention. In addition, an overview of Instructionally Appropriate IEPs will be delivered with discussion around identified area(s) of deficit, establishing need, present levels of performance, measurable annual goals and progress monitoring.


Workshops Session Times: 

English Session:  10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Spanish Session: 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Please note, child care will not be provided, so please make childcare arrangements for your children.

To Register for this FREE workshop call:  The Arc Mid-South at 901-327-2473 or via email atshawkins@thearcmidsouth.org

Click here to check out the upcoming FREE parent training workshops offered by our sponsors.


Free Online Training Opportunities

Bullying: How Parents Can Help
Did you miss this training last week? Well, you're in luck! It was recorded and can be viewed on our website, along with other trainings.

Skills for Effective Advocacy
October 19, 2016, 12:00 noon
Presented by: Pam Dollar, Director, MSPTI

What does it mean to be an "advocate"? An advocate is a: supporter, backer, believer, and promoter. You can be all of these! The goal of this workshop is to expand your skills to become a more effective advocate. This training will teach what advocacy means, how to improve your advocacy skills and how you can make a difference! You will learn six critical skills to becoming an effective advocate. You will also be provided with useful tips on how to locate resources, be organized, communicate effectively and resolve disagreements.

Parenting with Positive Behavior Supports
November 8, 2016, 12:00 noon
Presented by: Patty Gautier, Parent Coordinator, REACH MS
The implementation of PBIS provides adults and children with more opportunities for positive interactions and offers an opportunity for lasting behavioral changes. This presentation will offer an overview of the basic principles of PBIS and practical examples of how it can support positive changes in behavior at home.

Open House for Blossoms by REM Mississippi
Tuesday, October 18th from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm

  We are located at 1090 C Main Street Southaven, Ms. 38671. 
We are really excited to show you the quality programming our Desoto County Program has to offer the community. We look forward to seeing you there. 

Directions:  Take Interstate 55 to the Southaven/Stateline Road exit.  Take a left.  Go to the light at Rite Aid and stay straight.  We are the first drive to the right.  We are located behind the Desoto Assimilation Center. 

If you have questions, email us at starsinmotion@yahoo.com or call us at 662-349-6422.

If you have questions, email us at starsinmotion@yahoo.com or call us at 662-349-6422.


Scent Evidence K9
Human Scent Preservation Kit

Using a scent pad that has been correctly preserved within a sealed sterile jar reduces the start time of the K9 team.  When other articles, such as clothing, are used to collect the person's scent , it may be necessary to dismiss the scent of other people (e.g., other members of the household, law enforcement personnel, healthcare providers, etc.) whose scent may have contaminated these articles.
Having a scent pad that has been correctly preserved within a sealed sterile jar increases law enforcement and search personnel awareness of human scent discriminate K9 teams. Properly trained human scent discriminate K9 teams are capable of trailing in high traffic areas, on multiple types of surfaces, with trails that are over 24 hours old and vehicle trails.

*Each kit comes with a jar, lid, sterile gauze pad, tamper proof tape, label and instruction booklet.

To get your own Human Scent Preservation Kit contact Director William Nichols with the DeSoto County Sheriff's Department at (901) 282-7473 or email him at wnichols@desotocountyms.gov.

Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy is hosting its 10​-Week ​Fall Lesson Session starting September 12​, 2016.  

 ​Lessons will be held Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday! 

We have a limited number of new rider spots available, and we'd love to be able to serve as many people as can benefit through equine therapy!

Therapeutic Riding Lessons target physical, social and recreational goals for each individual participant. Southern Reins offers group lessons with 2-4 riders in each class.  Classes are 45-50 minutes long and include mounting, exercise and skills development, and dismounting. We also offer 30-minute private lessons. Benefits include improvements in strength, balance and fine motor skills, enhanced socialization and communication, improved learning engagement and retention, and greater self-confidence and skill ability.

We also have openings for new volunteers to assist as sidewalkers, horse leaders, barn volunteers and more!  We have two upcoming training dates on the calendar:

September 8     and   September 10
​ from                             from​
 6-8PM                           9-11AM
Ginna Rauls
Volunteer & Community Outreach Director
Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy
6070 Poplar Avenue, Ste. 750
Memphis TN 38119
901-246-9496 (cell)

Our mission is to serve individuals with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities and hardship by providing equine activities and therapeutic riding to empower, inspire, nurture and succeed.

Join us for a sensory-friendly family movie at the Southaven Malco.
7130 Malco Boulevard, Southaven, MS
-Moderately dimmed lighting
-Comfortable temperature
-Lowered volume
-Guests are welcome to move around and be themselves
-Special pricing of $5.50 per ticket
-Movie begins at 9:30 a.m.
Great starter movie format for toddlers too!
Email sensorysaturdayinfo@gmail.com for more information.
Tickets available day of event only in theater lobby.

Upcoming Movies - Mark Your Calendars!
September 10 - The Wild Life
September 24 - Storks
November 5 - Trolls
November 26 - Moana


S.N.A.A.P. (Special Needs Athletic & Aquatic Program)
In collaboration with the DeSoto County Schools and the Olive Branch YMCA, S.N.A.A.P. is a program that gives children with special needs (ages 3 to 16) the opportunity to build healthy spirit, mind, and bodies through fun programming that promotes movement and exercise.
Swimming 101      
Special Needs Swim Lessons
Olive Branch YMCA  2016  Ages 5-12

At the Y, we believe that the ability to swim is a critical life skill for every child. In group swim lessons we use a variety of fun methods to help kids overcome fears, build confidence in the water and develop skills that last a lifetime. 
                                                                                                                              Fees: Session $50                                            
                                                              Session Dates: Oct 3-26,  Nov 2-30                                                                
                               No class Nov 23, WEEK OF THANKSGIVING CLASS WILL MEET ON MONDAY ONLY                                                  
30 minutes long.

NEMO 1 4 PM  
NEMO 2 4:45 PM
Register at the welcome center
Registration opens 4 weeks before the start of each session
For information contact Pam Taylor at ptaylor@ymcamemphis.org

Ole Miss presents SO College Unified Flag Football League

The practices will be on Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m. in Oxford MS.  Remember, once your child starts playing in this league, they have committed to the entire season.  They will need to be at every practice/game.

The skills day and all competitions will be played Wednesdays at 7:00pm. 
Skills Day: September 14th
Practice: September 21st
Game 1: September 28th
Game 2: October 5th
Game 3: October 12th
Championships: October 19th - 3 v 4 & 1 v 2

Email johndwims@bellsouth.net if you are interested in your child participating.


Need an evening of FUN?
Parents Night Out gives our community an opportunity for a
much needed break and a chance to recharge your battery.
The incredible evening will be filled 
Wii Bowling
Costume Contest and more…
Where: Martha’s Manor
5137 Quince Rd. 38117

When: October 22, 2016
Who: Guys and Girls 18-60+ yrs.
with special needs
Cost: $10/person
Space is limited to 25
*Registration is required.
Register by October 15th
to Shannon @ 901-763-1373 /

Fire and Life Safety Day in Southaven
Saturday October 15, 2016
1:00 pm- 5:00 pm
The Arena at Southaven
7360 Hwy 51 N
Southaven, MS 38671

Did you know you can sign up for grocery pick up?

The Kroger Store located at 3095 Goodman Road East in Southaven, MS offers this service and can be found at https://www.kroger.com/storecatalog/clicklistbeta/#/.

The Wal Mart located at 7950 Craft Goodman Frontage Road in Olive Branch, MS also has begun offering this service. Start shopping at https://grocery.walmart.com/usd-estore/m/register/signin-only.jsp


The Arc Northwest Mississippi

The Arc of Mississippi was founded in 1961 and is an affiliate of The Arc of the United States, the world's largest grassroots advocacy organization for citizens of all ages with cognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities, and their families.

The Arc of Mississippi works to include all children and adults with cognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities in every community.  We focus on abilities, respect, choice for all and encourage active citizenship and inclusion in every community. 

  • One in every ten families in America has a member with an intellectual and developmental disability.
  • One in 68 children are diagnosed with autism.
  • There are more than 7.5 million people in the U.S. with an intellectual and developmental disability.
  • Cognitive/intellectual disability is a condition, not a disease.
The Arc works to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families have the supports they need to live an ordinary, decent American life.
  • People with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families are valued, respected and included in all communities.
  • People with intellectual and developmental disabilities direct their own lives.
  • People choose their services and supports from many available sources.
  • People are empowered through nonprofit advocacy.  State and federal governments administer programs and set budgets that meet everyone's needs.