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As a parent or caregiver of a child with autism or a related disability, it is important empower yourself with the knowledge and readiness to meet your child’s needs. The social, communication and behavioral challenges associated with these disorders can contribute to other developmental, interpersonal, emotional and academic challenges. It is important to be aware of the resources available to maximize the potential of your child.

Academically speaking, your child may need specific accommodations and supports during their school age years. Upon your child’s transition from Pre-K, it is imperative to determine the types of services and supports needed to meet your child’s educational needs. In order to do so, it is highly recommended that you become familiar with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process. Specifically, the IEP will provide your child with the appropriate accommodations to ensure success both academically and socially.

In regards to social communication, it is recommended that you engage your child in positive social interactions among various types of peers. These opportunities will provide your child with the ability to practice and acquire the tools to appropriately interact in social settings. Based on your child’s needs, there are several ways to build his or her social skills. Within the community, you can engage your child in recreational opportunities or therapeutic interventions, such as social skills groups.

CARD provides consultation regarding the appropriate interventions needed to address the various challenges that your child may be experiencing. We can offer recommendations, guidance and support to assist you in navigating the services in the community.

For more information, email card@psy.miami.edu. For Miami-Dade or Monroe call 305.284.6563. For Broward call 954.262.7111.


RESOURCES
Autism Spectrum Assessment Clinic 
is a University of Miami clinic that provides screenings, evaluations, therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and social skill groups.

Family Network on Disabilities of Broward County helps parents advocate for their child with special needs.

Florida Exceptional Student Education Resources are presentations and publications from the Florida Department of Education.

General Information Resources and Referrals
     • Switchboard of Miami (Miami-Dade)
     • First Call for Help (Broward)
     • Keys Helpline (Monroe)

McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program provides scholarships for eligible students with disabilities to attend an eligible public or private school of their choice.

Parent to Parent of Miami helps parents advocate for their child with special needs.

Wright’s Law offers articles, law and regulations, and tips about how to get quality services in your child's IEP.

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