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CARD LogoCenter for Autism and Related Disabilities at USF

Phone: 813.974.2532

The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of South Florida (CARD-USF)offers professional training to families, educators, and professionals on a wide variety of topics related to autism spectrum disorder and related disabilities.

HOT DOCS (Helping Our Toddlers; Developing Our Children's Skills)

Contact: Dr. Jillian Williams
Phone: 813.974.0355

The USF Department of Pediatrics offers a parent training program to address challenging behaviors in young children ages 1.5 to 5 years. The HOT DOCS program offers caregivers a problem-solving approach towards understanding children's needs and solving everyday behavior problems. The program uses proactive behavioral principles and positive behavior supports. Over the course of seven weeks, caregivers come to understand what may be underlying behavior problems, how children learn, and what solutions will work best with their child. HOT DOCS coaches assist each family in developing and implementing an individualized support plan to improve their children's behavior by teaching them new skills. Caregivers who have completed HOT DOCS training report gains in both their confidence and competency as a result of this experience.

HOT DOCS classes are available in both English and Spanish, and are offered several times a year at various sites in the community.

FDLRS logoInterdisciplinary Center for Evaluation and Intervention (ICEI)

Contact: Rose Iovannone
Phone: 813.974.1696

ICEI is a Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources (FDLRS) specialized clinic in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences (CBCS), Department of Child and Family Studies, Division of Applied Research and Educational Support. The center, funded by the Florida Department of Education, is a specialized diagnostic and training center that serves preschool and school-aged students (ages 3-22) having autism spectrum disorders, serious behavioral/social/emotional challenges, and other complex conditions. This specialized clinic collaborates with schools, community agencies, and families to implement evidence-based interventions with fidelity. The ICEI team includes professionals from the discipline areas of applied behavior analysis, psychology, communication disorders, family science, pediatrics, psychiatry, social work, special education.

Learning Academy LogoThe Learning Academy Employment Services at USF

Contact: Susan Richmond
Phone: 813.974.2996

Learning Academy Employment services at USF provides employment, supported employment, on-the-job training and self-employment services for individuals on the autism spectrum. As a vendor for the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, we will work together with clients to create meaningful and sustainable employment options. Our collaborative approach with employers and our person centered values allow us to customize a plan for each client to optimize successful outcomes.

USF Friendís Group

Contact: Sylvia F. Diehl, PhD
Phone: 813.974.9816

Program offered each summer on Tuesday and Thursdays from 10-3 for children with ASD who are educated in general education classrooms. It offers support in the areas of social communication and literacy. Grades 2-12 are accepted.