ASD Parent Group

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In partnership with

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Autism Spectrum Parent Group


Every 2nd Saturday of the month, Family Initiative offers a parent group for caregivers to learn more about various topics, gain resources for their family, and connect and network with other parents. Our parent group begins at 1:30pm and features training from local experts around the community and state. The parent training is held adjacent to the ASD Social Skills Playgroup so children may play and have fun while parents can learn and connect knowing their child is safe close by.

If there is a topic you are interested in, please let us know and we will work hard to make it happen!

Every 2nd Saturday of the month, Family Initiative offers a parent group for caregivers to learn more about various topics, gain resources for their family, and connect and network with other parents. Our parent group begins at 1:30pm and features training from local experts around the community and state. The parent training is held adjacent to the ASD Social Skills Playgroup so children may play and have fun while parents can learn and connect knowing their child is safe close by.

If there is a topic you are interested in, please let us know and we will work hard to make it happen!

Date Speaker Contact Info Topic
March 9, 2019 Leigh Anna Nowak lnowak@fgcu.edu  Promising Pathways Sneak Peak
February 9, 2019 Stephanie Love slove@stepupforstudents.org Gardiner Scholarships and More
January 12, 2019 Family Initiative   Upcoming Year Planning Meeting
November 10, 2018 Reis Fitzsimmons   Personal Perspective of Growing up on the Spectrum
October 13th 2018 Shantel Chapmen Shantel.chapman@vrfldoe.org Vocational Rehabilitation Overview
September 15th 2018 Maryann Devivo   FI Parent Group Discussion-Needed Sevices
August 11th 2018 Donna Djerf & Eliana Tardio donnald@leeschools.net ESE, IEP’s, & BSP’s
July 14th 2018 Tracy Taylor tracy.taylor@apdcares.org APD Medicaid Waiver Presentation
June 9th 2018 Lance McKinney, Esquire info@omplaw.com Special Needs, ABLE Act, & More
May 12th 2018 Debbie Quimby dquimby@leegov.com Hurricane Pre for Special Needs Families
March 10th 2018 Erica Harp, CPA eharp@hughessnell.com Preparing for Tax Season
February 10th 2018 Leigh Anna Nowak lnowak@fgcu.edu Promising Pathway’s Preview Card-USF
January 13th 2018 Stephanie Love slove@stepupforstudents.org Step Up for Students
December 9th 2017 Janet Feurig   Motor & Sensory Needs at Home
November 11th 2017 FGCU   Family Feedback Forum
August 12th 2017 Staff Officer Tyus   Stranger Danger Lee County Sheriffs Office
July 15th 2017 Back to School Summit Eliana@fndfl.org IEP Education and Advocacy
June 10th 2017 Anjali Van Drie avandria@fi-florida.org Intro to Understanding Behavior
May 13th 2017 Billy Richard   LCSO K9 Unit
April 8 2017 Promising Pathways Autism Conference at FGCU-no parent group was held so caregivers could attend the conference
March 11th 2017 Jaime Hoover, MS Jaime.hoover@leehealth.org Safety Supports for Your Child
February 11th 2017 Lance McKinney nfo@omplaw.com Special Needs Trusts, ABLE Act, & More
Osterhout & McKinney, P.A. Certified Elder Law Attorney
January 14th 2017 Donna DJerf donnald@leeschools.net IEP Process & Advocacy
Lee County Public Schools Family Liaison for Exceptional Student Education
  Eliana Tardio Eliana@fndfl.org Parent Education Network Director
December 10th 2016 Martha Uhlar marty02@embarqmail.com Talking about Talking: Speech Q&A
Speech Language Pathologist Lee County Schools
November 12th 2016 Leslie Deason, MS, RD, LDN lesliedeason@colliergov.net Impact of Diet & Nutrition
Collier County Government
October 8th 2016 Megan Feeney meganfeeney@goodwillswfl.org Goodwill’s Disability Services
Program Manager of Disability Support Services Goodwill Industries of SWFL
September 10th 2016 Dr. Chuck Bradley chuckeb@leeschool.net Lee County ESE Q&A
August 13th 2016 Collene Cancelliere colleen.cncelliere@apdcares.org Medicaid Waiver Overview
Agency for Persons with Disabilities,Regional Program Supervisor
July 9th 2016 Anjali Van Drie, MA, MSW, BCBA avandrie@fi-florida.org Conversations About Behavior
June 11th 2016 Donna DJerf DonnaLD@leeschools.net Navigating the IEP Process
May 14th 2016 Representative Dane Eagle Dane.Eagle@myfloridahouse.gov Conversation with Families
Florida House of Representatives
April 9th 2016 Brenda Gellinger, BSW bgellinger@sheriffleefl.org Project Lifesaver, Wandering Prevention
Lee County Sheriff’s Office
March 12th 2016 Leigh-Anna Nowak, MSW lnowak@usf.edu Transitions for your Special Needs Youth
Card-USF

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Call us today at (239) 910-0712
Free consultations!
Call us today at (239) 910-0712