Dear Friends,
I hope you are enjoying these last few weeks of summer and staying safe! We thought it would be nice to create a short but informative Back-To-School Special Edition Newsletter to help make this transition to the new school year a bit easier. As we are all watching the numbers of new COVID-19 cases surge once again, it’s hard not to wonder what this school year will be like. Rest assured, FSU CARD is ready and willing to help however we can!
We’ve dedicated the first section of this newsletter to answer our most frequently asked questions about how to get help from FSU CARD. We tried to make this as simple as possible so you can use this email as your guide when you need assistance. We have streamlined the ways you can ask for help, using online submission forms whenever possible to keep track of each request that we receive.
Next we included a link to a YouTube video on executive function skills that children and adults can use to practice getting and staying organized during the last few weeks of summer and into the school year.
We are continuing to offer online training opportunities for families and professionals and have highlighted two of the Autism Navigator webinar series that we thought would be most helpful as you prepare to go back to school.
Last but not least, we are sharing an article about lunch ideas for picky eaters. We know this is a challenge for so many of our families and we hope you find the article helpful!
As always, I welcome your comments and feedback about how we can best serve you and look forward to making this next school year a success!
Catherine Zenko, M.S., CCC-SLP
Director, FSU CARD
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Frequently Asked Questions About Getting Help from FSU CARD

Most of the answers can be found on our website:

FAQs for New/Potential Clients

Q: Are you interested in becoming an FSU CARD client?
A: Click on “Becoming a Client” on our website:

Q: Who is eligible to be an FSU CARD client?
A: Anyone who has a current diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or prior diagnosis of Autistic Disorder, PDD-NOS, Asperger’s Disorder, Rett’s Disorder, and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder. Or anyone who has a Related Disability — deaf-blind (hearing and vision impaired), hearing impaired or vision impaired with other disabling conditions.

We serve all ages across the lifespan.

Q: Does FSU CARD do diagnostic evaluations?
A: No, CARD does NOT provide evaluations, diagnoses, therapies, or respite care. CARD is not allowed to do evaluations or provide direct therapies per our state statute, but we can help direct you to resources in your community.

FAQs for Existing Clients

Q: Are you an existing FSU CARD client who has not been in touch with FSU CARD for over a year?
A: Fill out our Annual Update Form and let us know how we can help.

Q: Why haven’t I heard from CARD? It’s been a while and nobody has called me.
A: CARD services are client-driven. We need YOU to reach out to us and let us know when you need help.
Email us at:  [email protected]

Q: Do you want FSU CARD to help your child or student in a school setting?
A: Fill out the Technical Assistance Form.

FAQs for the Community

Q: Do you want to partner with FSU CARD to share information at an information fair or other community event?
A: Fill out our Annual Update Form and let us know how we can help.

Q: Do you have 5 or more people who want/need training on topics related to autism?
A: Fill out our online Training Request Form.

Executive Function on Summer Break

By Seth Perler
Make the most of the last few weeks of summer. Take a look at this video from Seth Perler explaining the importance of teaching and practicing executive function skills to your children and/or students.
Parents, what’s the #1 Executive Function skill that SHOULD be used over Summer Break? By the end of this video you’ll know what it is, WHY it’s important and HOW to support your child. Teachers, you might like this one as well.

Autism Navigator for Classroom Success in Pre-K Through 2nd Grade

Calling all regular education and special education teachers, district-level personnel, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, early interventionists, psychologists, behavior specialists, social workers, paraprofessionals, college students, and anyone else interested in learning about students with autism.

6-weeks webinar series begins
Wednesday, July 21st
3:30- 5:00 EST

This webinar is a companion to Classroom Success course, but anyone interested can attend. Participants will learn about an evidence-based framework to prioritize goals using a lens of active engagement and a layer cake of teaching strategies to promote learning and positive behavior. To achieve the intensity needed and promote generalization for students with autism, the importance of teaching and learning across everyday classroom activities will be highlighted. Video examples and audience participation will be used to illustrate how to apply this model to both in-person and virtual classrooms, and to teach parents strategies to support their child’s learning in everyday activities at home.

How-To Guide for Families

Calling all families and caregivers of young children with autism

2nd and 4th Tuesday of each Month
1:00 – 2:30 PM EST

Check out this free webinar from our colleagues at Autism Navigator. This webinar is for families of children 1 to 8 years of age who are concerned about their child’s social communication development, challenging behavior, or possible autism, or anyone interested in learning more about autism.
Be sure to request your FREE code to the How-To Guide for Families course
after attending the webinar.

How-To Guide for Families

This article from the Autism Feeding Specialist website provides some guidance and strategies to helpShare with CARD!

Back To School: Lunch Ideas for Picky Eaters

By Valori Neiger
Some picky eaters with autism struggle to eat well at school. Maybe their favorites don’t taste just right after being in their lunch box. Maybe they don’t get enough time to eat. Maybe they’re distracted by the other kids in the cafeteria. Whatever the reasons, and it’s often a combination of factors, sometimes, the lunchbox comes home looking just the same as when you sent it. Untouched…

Share with CARD!

FSU CARD is continuously looking for clients who would like to share their art, writing pieces, or success stories in our quarterly newsletter. If you are interested in sharing for our next issue, please send a message and image electronically to Tammy Dasher ([email protected]). All art or writing pieces should be titled. Select submissions will be chosen for each edition of the newsletter; artists and authors will be notified if their article is chosen.

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