Dear Friends,

It is with very mixed emotions that I write my last Director’s note for the FSU CARD newsletter. After almost ten years in this position, I am leaving in July to join the Marcus Autism Center at Emory University in Atlanta. Along with my husband and colleague, Michael Siller, I will be directing the newly developed Educational Science Research Core at Marcus. I want you all to know that, while I am happy about my new career opportunity, I am sad to be leaving such a wonderful autism community. I want to thank each of you for making FSU CARD the incredible organization that it is. I am hoping to take all that I have learned in this role to improve the landscape of education for children with autism.

I am delighted to share with you that I am leaving CARD in the very capable hands of Cathy Zenko.  Cathy has been Assistant Director at the UF Gainesville CARD for 15 years and is an experienced speech language pathologist. In her role at UF CARD, Cathy has taken the lead on coordinating training, overseeing fundraising, and directing the Statewide CARD Education Committee. She has worked closely with the school districts that UF CARD serves to provide online professional development that teachers could use to fulfill their 20 hours of ESE in-service credits as required by the state. In her years of experience working with families and educators, Cathy has mastered the art of seeing others’ perspective and trying to create solutions that are a positive fit for all. I anticipate that the FSU CARD community will benefit greatly from Cathy’s leadership.

Yours Sincerely,

Lindee Morgan, PhD, CCC-SLP
Director, FSU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities

RECALL (Reading to Engage Children with Autism in Language and Learning)

Reading to Engage Children with Autism in Language and Learning (RECALL) is a shared reading intervention designed to promote your child’s early literacy and language skills.

We are conducting a small study to determine the impact of RECALL on the early language and literacy skills of young children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

This study involves a graduate student reading aloud to your child for 20 minutes, 3 days a week for approximately 9 weeks.

To participate,

  • children must be between the ages of 3 and 5,
  • have a diagnosis of ASD from a pediatrician, psychologist or other professional,
  • and use some intentional language (e.g., uses 5 or more words verbally, communicates 5 or more words using AAC)

RECALL is designed to teach new vocabulary and to respond wh- questions (who, what, when, where, why, and how). RECALL includes age-appropriate, engaging children’s books paired with visual supports to encourage and support your child’s participation during the reading.

To determine the effectiveness of RECALL, pre- and post- assessments on reading and language development will be administered. These assessments are primarily play-based, quick, and age-appropriate. In addition, we will videotape readings for data coding purposes.

If you are interested or have questions, please contact Dr. Kelly Whalon for details at or 850-644-8416.

Monthly Features

Does Your Child with High-Functioning Autism Struggle with Anxiety?

Anxiety is one of the biggest challenges faced by children with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Your child can conquer his or her fears and participate more fully in home, school, and community life.

The FACING YOUR FEARS PROGRAM is an affordable 14-week program for children 8-14 years old.


Upcoming Trainings and Community Events

Facing Your Fears Program


Tuesday Evenings This Summer

The FACING YOUR FEARS PROGRAM is an affordable 14-week program for children 8-14 years old.
• Designed for high-functioning children who are verbally fluent, have an ASD diagnosis, and also have difficulties with anxiety
• Focuses on helping children and their parents identify worries, develop coping strategies, and practice “facing fears”
• Parent and child participation are required. Participants will work in a large group for a portion of each session and then divide into child and parent groups
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The Arc – Big Bend

Dear Parents,
We are pleased to inform you that Jefferson, Madison and Taylor County
students who have a 504 plan or an IEP are eligible to participate in The Arc
Big Bend’s Pre-Employment seminar – Job Abilities Camp (JAC). This
training will provide a “toolbox” of strategies and principles that can assist
in navigating the intricacies of the workplace for your high school students.
The information we provide will prepare them for entering the workplace
and maintaining a position as an employee.
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PEPSA Partnership Program – Now Accepting Applications!

The Partnership Program is designed to provide training and technical assistance to educators or a school program that aims to enhance the educational program for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The Partnership Program is a competitive process and ONLY 28 PARTNERS around the state are selected. For more information regarding a PEPSA partnership in the Florida Panhandle Area (FSU CARD’s catchment area), please contact Lerena Fleck.
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PEERS: Social Skills Group for Middle School Age Students (7th-9th Grade)

6-7:30 pm * Begins Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 * 14 Weeks CARD Office (we are moving – location still to be determined)
PEERS (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills) is a 14-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated teens in middle and high school who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends.
> To view the flyer and registration details, please click here.

Social Skills Training for Children with Autism:

“Research on 3D, virtual-simulation-based social skills training”
If your child is in grades 4-7 and diagnosed with high-functioning autism (or Asperger’s Syndrome), your child is qualified to participate in this study.
*Your child will receive a $50 gift card at the end of the 5 week session.
Learn More >>


CARD Training Information


Monday Meet-Ups
Tallahassee, FL 



Monday Meet-Ups
Tallahassee, FL


Monday Meet-Ups

Tallahassee, FL


Peer Support Program for College Students with Autism** – (TLH)
Tallahassee, FL

Special Needs Registry for Emergency Management

The Florida Division of Emergency Management, in coordination with each local emergency management agency in the state, developed a registry to allow residents with special needs to register with their local emergency management agency to receive assistance during a disaster. The registry also allows facilities that provide assistance to individuals with special needs a system to register. The statewide registry provides first responders with valuable information to prepare for disasters or other emergencies.

Click here to register >>