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Title: CARD newsletter
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Creator: Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine - Jacksonville, University of Florida
Publisher: Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine - Jacksonville, University of Florida
Place of Publication: Jacksonville, Fla.
Publication Date: Fall 2008
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College of Medicine Jacksonville
Department of Pediatrics Center for Autism and Related Disabilities Jacksonville


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Center for Autism & Related Disabilities
6271 St. Augustine Road, Suite 1
Jacksonville, FL 32217

We've Moved!
The Center for Autism and Re-
lated Disabilities (CARD) has relo-
cated from it's former location on San
Jose Boulevard to join the University
of Florida's new Pediatric Center. The
center is only one block distance from
our old location (see address above).
CARD now shares the new
space with the San Jose Pediatric &
Adolescent Center, The Florida Diag-
nostic & Learning Resources System
(FDLRS), and Developmental Pediat-
rics; providing the opportunity for "a
complete medical home" for families
seeking pediatric services.
We encourage constituents to
drop by and take a look at the many
benefits our new facility has to offer.


Nov 13 High-Functioning Autism, Aspergers,
& PDD Strategies Workshop
by Dr. Baker Wright, BCBA.
Nov 18 Two Feet Forward (Parent Group)
Nov 21 World Congress on Disabilities Jax
Nov 22 Universal Studios Orlando Autism Day
Dec 14 CARD Constituency Board Meeting
Jan 16 CARD Conference 2009 Palm Beach



New Executive Director
and Chief
On July 1, 2008, the
UF-CARD and
FDLRS programs
welcomed their new
executive director and
chief, Dr. David Chil-
tders, Jr. A Neurode-
David Childers, M.D. velopmental Pediatri-
cian, Dr. Childers has
been working with the CARD and
FDLRS programs over the last six
years prior to accepting the position.
A graduate of both the Univ. of
Notre Dame and Texas A&M Univ. -
College of Medicine, Dr. Childers is
currently the only neurodevelopmental
pediatrician located in the Jacksonville
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Dear CARD constituents,
As I write this brief message to you all, the word that keeps popping into my head is
"new." There is so much new news to share with you regarding CARD and the services we
offer. Below I will point out some of these improvements, of which I hope you will take advan-
tage. It is important to keep in mind that we offer all of our services, new and old, in line with
the statewide CARD mission to provide support and assistance with the goal of optimizing the
potential of people with autism and related disabilities. If you have any questions regarding
how CARD can help you as an individual with autism spectrum disorder(ASD), as a family
member, or as a professional, please call one of our CARD staff for assistance. We are here Dr.a Barker, Ph.D
to serve you.
New and improved space: We are now located in a building with more space that allows us to pro-
vide better training and consultation to families. We also have a large conference room that we are
using for training events and social skills groups. In this new space, we also have a parent work
station where parents can come and create visual supports. This station is equipped with a com-
puter, color printer, laminator, Velcro, binders and other essential materials. Parents can also use
this space to view DVDs from our parent library that has a plethora of helpful educational materials.
There are lots of new books that we have ordered, so I encourage you to come check it out. We
are in the process of planning an open house and hope that you will be able to attend.
New social skills groups: We have increased the number of social skills learning opportunities for
individuals with ASD here at our center. Additionally, we are providing more instruction and guid-
ance to family members on how to support their children's social development. Check out the so-
cial skills groups being offered in this newsletter.
New positive parenting classes: Carolyn.Tullvy@au ,edu, who is a board certified behavior analyst at
our center, is offering regularly occurring parenting classes that focus on teaching parents how to
address and prevent challenging behaviors. This is an extremely helpful course for the parent of
the child who has been recently diagnosed with ASD.
New database: We now have a database at our center that allows us to keep in more frequent
touch with all of you. This will permit us to send you information on a more regular basis regarding
important news and upcoming events. We will be making phone calls in the next couple months to
update our contact information and hopefully obtain more email addresses for our constituents.
Should we miss you, we encourage all our families to contact us with any updated information.
As we move forward in providing services, we welcome your feedback, input, ideas and suggestions.

ASAGJ 2008 Autism Awareness Fall Festival
CARD & the Autism Society of America Greater Jacksonville Chapter
collaborated on their first ever Fall Festival, Sunday October 19th, 2008. The event,
held in Clay county at W.E. Cherry Elementary, involved costumes, bounce- houses,
complimentary pizza and chips, art activities, community service vendor tables, and
even a horse drawn hayride.
Nearly two-hundred individuals and families from attended the event. CARD
U < and ASAGJ would like to thank all the enthusiastic volunteers and participants for
helping create a fun, safe, and comfortable environment for the families we serve.

2'009 This year's CARD conference will take place in West Palm Beach, Florida; hosted
by Florida Atlantic University. Pre-conference sessions (Such as ABLLS & ADOS
(AB ) CON Trainings) begin January 15th.
The conference lasts from January 16 18, 2009. Registration for the event is currently open on the FAU-CARD
website(http://fauf.fau.edu/NetCommunitv/Page.aspx?pid= 1559). CEUs are available for SLP, Behavior Analysts, and inservice
points for teachers.
The event will take place at the Hilton Palm Beach Airport, 150 Australian Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL, 33406-
1473. For more information please call 1-561-297-2055.


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The following programs are in progress or being offered on a regularly scheduled basis by UF CARD-Jacksonville.
Most clinics and training are held at the UF-Pediatric Center located at 6271 St. Augustine Rd. Jax, FL, 32217. For



Social Skills Training for Students with Aspergers and High Functioning Autism (HFA) in an Inclusive Setting:
This training is designed to provide teachers with a curriculum for social skills training and support of students with
Aspergers and HFA. For additional information contact Katrina.Ressax......

ABLLS Training for Teachers of the Self-Contained Setting: This training is designed to instruct teachers of how to
administer and evaluate students using the Assessment of Basic Language and Learner Skills (ABLLS). Teaching
strategies will also be provided to assist with planning targets and goals for instruction once the ABLLS has been
administered. For additional information contact Katrina. Ressax......

County Training: Data Collection: This training provides a framework for teachers and paraprofessionals to follow
when using data collection throughout the day. Strategies are provided that will assist with making the data collec-
tion process user friendly and enjoyable for everyone involved. Dates designated by the Duval County Public
Schools for September and October 2008. Teachers and paraprofessionals will leave with data collection tools and
resources that can be implemented in their classroom. For additional information please contact your school's Au-
tism Site Coach or Dr. Mae. Barker,.... of the UF/JAX CARD.

County Training: Social Skills: This training provides an overview of strategies to assist school personnel with
teaching appropriate social skills to students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Teachers and paraprofessionals will
leave with tools that can be implemented in their classrooms. Dates designated by the Duval County Public Schools
for February and March 2009. For additional information please contact you school's Autism Site Coach or Dr.
Mae. Barker,, e.... of the UF/JAX CARD.

Transitioning Students to Adulthood: This parent, caregiver, and school personnel training is designed to provide an
outline of best practices in transition, and strategies to assist with making the transition process a smooth one for all
involved. For additional information contact Anne.Wilson,......

Aspergers Syndrome: Bully Prevention: (Upon request)This On Demand training is designed to provide parents,
caregiver and school personnel with tools helpful in preventing and addressing bullying for school aged individuals
diagnosed with Autism and Aspergers. Please contact Anqela.Mann x......for additional information or to request
this training in your home, office or school.

Supporting Students with ASD in Inclusive Settings: This On Demand training is designed to provide school and
administrative personnel with the tools helpful with including students with ASD in the general education csllin .
including an overview of inclusion, accommodations and IEP goals. Please contact Angela.Mann,..... for addi-
tional information or to request this training in your office or school.


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.\ l\' behavior specialist, that explains the value of teaching chores, and house rules. With confidence, she
functional life skills to young children with autism and believes that by teaching a child at a young age
other developmental disorders by using visual cues. Using responsibility with clear expectations, he or she will be more
picture cues such as picture-to-object and picture-to- functional in society. In addition to her methods and
action, she shows parents how to use sequencing boards procedures for making these resources, Dr. Allen provides
and choice boards in the home and community. Her supplementary information on where parents and
presentation is filled with parents using her techniques professionals can get pre-made boards, social stories, and
with their own children. Her techniques include visual picture communication symbols.


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Aspergers Social Skills Camp (Team 1): A detective themed camp designed for children ages 10-12
years old that have been diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome. During this 10 week camp they will work
hand in hand with CARD staff members to address the socials concerns that face this population, such
as, bullying, engaging in a conversation, managing anger and making friends. Parents are also asked to
participate in the parental teaching component which will provide strategies that may be helpful in the
home. Please contact Angela.Mann,,xu.... for additional information.

Asperqers Social Skills Camp (Team 2): A detective themed camp designed for children ages 6-9 years
old that have been diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome. During this 10 week camp they will work hand
in hand with CARD staff members to address the socials concerns that face this population, such as,
bullying, engaging in a conversation, managing anger and making friends. Parents are also asked to
participate in the parental teaching component which will provide strategies that may be helpful in the
home. Please contact Angela.Mann,,xu.... for additional information.

More than Words: A Social Skills and Play Clinic for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder :
This weekly clinic will address the core deficit areas of communication and social skills behavior, in ver-
bal children with ASD ages 3-5years old. This clinic will utilize the principals and strategies laid out in
the More than Words curriculum and will allow families members to gain hands on experience with ac-
tivities to increase their child's motivation and interact with those around them. Please contact
Elise.Bowers@,au edu for additional information.

More than Words: A Social Skills and Play Clinic for Early Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder: This
weekly clinic will address the core deficit areas of communication and social skills behavior, in nonverbal
or emergent language children with ASD ages 3-5years old. This clinic will utilize the principals and
strategies laid out in the More than Words curriculum and will allow families members to gain hands on
experience with activities to increase their child's motivation and interact with those around them.
Please contact Elise.Bowers@,. .edu for additional information.

Asperger Social Skills Group: This 1 hour and 30 minute, social skills group is led by Dr. Maria Tapia,
Licensed Clinical Psychologist and assists adolescents diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome. During
this time, problem solving techniques and real world scenarios are practiced to assist this population
with troubleshooting topics that are of concern to them. This group meets at 3:30pm on the 1st Monday
of every month. The siblings of participants also meet for a Sibling Shop, which is lead by Dr. Tapia, and
parent, where they share topics or concerns they have as the sibling of an individual with Autism Spec-
trum Disorder, while playing an enjoyable game, activity or making a craft. For more information please
contact Dr. Maria.Tapia@, a.fedu. Note: Individuals are also able to make an appointment for a 1 hour pri-
vate session counseling session with Dr. Tapia.

Social Skills Training for Students with Aspergers and High Functioninc Autism (HFA) in an Inclusive
Setting: This training is designed to provide teachers with a curriculum for social skills training and sup-
port of students with Aspergers and HFA. For additional information contact Katrina.Ressau.edu.





CARD is encouraging all it's constituents past and present to update their contact information in
our new database and join our email list. CARD will be issuing on average, one email a week to it's con-
stituents and other interested individuals who wish to join the list. Simply email Anthony.Rhodes,...m.,
with your updated information, name, and email to join the list.


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Adolescent Support Group: This 1 hour and 30 minute support group is led by Dr. Maria Tapia, Licensed
Clinical Psychologist and assists adolescents diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome. During this time, Dr.
Tapia provides problem solving techniques and group exercises to assist this population with trouble-
shooting topics that are of concern to them. This group meets at 3:30pm on the 2nd Monday of every
month. Please contact Dr. Maria.Tapia.,... for additional information.
*Individuals are also free to make an appointment for a 1 hour private counseling session with Dr. Tapia.

Adult Support Group: This 1 hour and 30 minute support group is led by Dr. Maria Tapia, Licensed Clini-
cal Psychologist and assists adults diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome. During this time, problem solv-
ing techniques and group exercises to assist this population with troubleshooting topics that are of con-
cern to them. This group meets at 6:30pm on the 2nd Monday of every month. Please contact Dr.
Maria.Tapiaa.., d for additional information. Note: Individuals are also able to make an appointment for a
1 hour private session counseling session with Dr. Tapia.

Two Feet Forward: This group meets once a month on Tuesdays and is led by Anne Wilson and will
provide parents and caregivers of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders an overview of transition,
self determination and advocacy skills, IEP planning, post secondary options, as well as, helpful job
seeking information. Groups will run from 6p-7:30p. Please contact Anne.Wilson ..... for additional infor-
mation.

Resumes, Applications and Interviews (monthly training): This clinic held the 1st Monday of every month,
is for individuals with Aspergers Syndrome, who are in High School and College and need assistance
with gaining the skills necessary for job seeking. During these clinics, Anne.Wilson, .... will provide in-
formation that will make the job seeking process run more smoothly.

Resumes, Applications and Interview Training: This 8 week clinic is for adults with Aspergers Syndrome,
who need assistance with gaining the skills necessary for job seeking. During these clinics,
Anne.Wilson,..... will provide information that will make the job seeking process a more enjoyable one!

Support Group for Parents of College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): This 4 session
group is held on every first Monday of the Quarter and will allow parents an opportunity to meet other
parents and share information that has been helpful to their family while raising a young adult with ASD.
For more information contact Anne.Wilson,.......

Asperqer Social Skills Group: This 1 hour and 30 minute, social skills group is led by Dr. Maria Tapia,
Licensed Clinical Psychologist and assists adolescents diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome. During
this time, problem solving techniques and real world scenarios are practiced to assist this population
with troubleshooting topics that are of concern to them. This group meets at 3:30pm on the 1st Monday
of every month. Please contact Dr. Maria Tapia for additional information. During this time, the parents
of participants meet for a Parent Support group where they share ideas and concerns that are of interest
to them. The siblings of participants also meet for a Sibling Shop, which is lead by Dr. Tapia, and par-
ent, where they share topics or concerns they have as the sibling of an individual with Autism Spectrum
Disorder, while playing an enjoyable game, activity or making a craft. For more information please con-
tact Dr. Maria.Tapia@,..i .d. Note: Individuals are also able to make an appointment for a 1 hour private
session counseling session with Dr. Tapia.

Asperqers Syndrome: Bully Prevention: (Upon request)This On Demand training is designed to provide
parents, caregiver and school personnel with tools helpful in preventing and addressing bullying for
school aged individuals diagnosed with Autism and Aspergers. Please contact Ancela.Mannn..... for ad-
ditional information or to request this training in your home, office or school.


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Positive Parenting: This 3 week clinic will allow parents and caregivers to work directly with a Board
Certified Behavior Analyst who can assist with increasing positive interactions between parents and
their child, as well as, structuring the home environment so that it is conducive for teaching language
and appropriate behaviors in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Please contact
Carolyn.Tully.,,ed, ufor additional information.
Parent as Behavioral Detective: A Systematic Approach to Understanding Your Child's Behavior One
Step at a Time: Functional Analysis of Severe and Challenging Behaviors Clinic: This bi monthly clinic
will be held for families of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders or Dual Sensory Impairment, who
are engaging in severe and challenging behaviors. Parents will be asked to approve to the collection of
data and videotaping of them and their children. Interested families should contact Marlena.Fuller, ul.edu.
for additional information.
Computer based parent training: Teaching parents how to play with their young children: This computer
based training will allow parents and caregivers an easy to follow curriculum designed to teach them
skills necessary to foster appropriate social skills in young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Parents will be asked to approve to the collection of data and videotaping of them and their children.
Please contact Dr. Mae.Barkerxuied. for additional information.
Support Group for Parents of College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): This 4 session
group is held on every first Monday of the Quarter and will allow parents an opportunity to meet other
parents and share information that has been helpful to their family while raising a young adult with ASD.
For more information contact Anne.Wilson,,.......
Verbal Language Clinic: This clinic is designed to conduct skill based assessments and train parents in
the skills necessary to implement verbal language instruction to their child with Autism Spectrum Disor-
ders. For additional information contact Katrina.Ressa,..xuedu.
Recognizing, Deescalating and Improving Problematic Behavior: A Training for Parents and Caregivers,
Utilizing the Principles of Nonviolent Crisis Intervention: This 2 day training will assist parents and care-
givers of individual with Autism Spectrum Disorders and/or Related Disabilities, with obtaining skills nec-
essary to understand the triggers for and safely address crisis situations. This training will be conducted
by Marlena Fuller who is a Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst, as well as a certified instructor of
Nonviolent Crisis Intervention. *Note participants must be able to bend and move fluidly. Please contact
Marlena.Fuller@., ,,.Jefor additional information.
Aspergers Syndrome and High Functioning Autism (HFA): Managing Anxiety: This On Demand training
is designed to provide parents, caregivers and school personnel with tools helpful in preventing and
managing anxiety in school aged individuals with Aspergers Syndrome and HFA. Please contact
Anqela.Mannxui... for additional information or to request this training in your home, office, or school.
Transitioning Students to Adulthood: This parent, caregiver, and school personnel training is designed
to provide an outline of best practices in transition, and strategies to assist with making the transition
process a smooth one for all involved. For additional information contact Anne.Wilson,.......
The Parent Manual: Transitioning Students to Adulthood: This manual along with Anne's guidance will
provide parents and caregivers with the information necessary to successfully transition their child with
Autism Spectrum Disorders from high school to adulthood. A suggested timeline with important dates
will be provided to help attendees understand the process. For additional information contact
Anne.Wilson,.uedu.
Supporting Students with ASD in Inclusive Settings: This On Demand training is designed to provide
parents and caregivers with the tools helpful when preparing their child with ASD for inclusion in the
general education setting, including an overview of inclusion, accommodations and IEP goals and
strategies to work with the school personnel to help your child. Please contact Ancela.Mann,..... for ad-
ditional information or to request this training in your home.


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