HIPPY and CARD-USF Parent Involvement Project
What is HIPPY?
HIPPY is a free, early intervention, school readiness program for children between 3-5 years old. HIPPY’s curriculum helps parents transform their homes into interactive learning environments to stimulate cognitive, social, emotional and physical development in children. To learn more about the HIPPY program, visit their website.
How can CARD help?
CARD-USF is working with HIPPY to help children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) participate in this program with strategies that have been demonstrated to enhance successful skill development and positive school outcomes. After our review of the data over the past three years, we have seen children diagnosed with ASD learn to read, draw, write, know their numbers, shapes and colors, and engage with others. These skills are all important in getting children ready to attend kindergarten in the least restrictive environment.
Who can participate?
- Do you have a child diagnosed with autism or a communication deficit?
- Is your child 3 years old?
- Do you want your child to be SUCCESSFUL in school?
- Are you able to spend 15 - 20 minutes per day helping your child learn?
- Can you meet for an hour each week to review progress?
- Live in Hillsborough County, Florida
If you answered yes to every question, call us today!
How do I get started?
Yes! I want to participate in the HIPPY project. To receive more information on how to enroll your child, contact Karen Berkman at CARD-USF at 813-974-4033.
A Parent's Perspective
When we first started the program DeShaun didn’t want to do any of the HIPPY activities but I tried and tried and I never gave up. It wasn’t until about the end of the Year-2 curriculum that he was diagnosed with autism. Thanks to the referral from the Hillsborough HIPPY program, the CARD stepped in and was a great stepping stone to get this diagnosis. I was taught to teach and bond with my baby and never give up regardless of his disability. Now he is talking none stop, asking questions, following directions, listening better, loves to read and write, loves to sing, and most of all loves to learn new things every day. Deshaun is now a HIPPY graduate and now we are on a journey with CARD and they are truly amazing with helping us stay on a great path to success.
- Brittany Cook, Hippy Parent
Before I found HIPPY, I was trying to teach my daughter how to read and write but something just wasn’t right. After many meetings and conversations with my home visitor, I found out that my daughter had autism. HIPPY introduced me to CARD and they were there for me through the meltdowns and all but they never let me give up. Then I realized even though she had areas she struggled with she had an amazing gift. She loved to read! After a year in HIPPY she started to communicate more and was able to read a whole book without help. This is a passion she still has and she enjoys each time she see she has a new HIPPY storybook. I am proud to say my daughter is now in a mainstream classroom.
- Alexsandra Vallejo, Hippy Parent
When we first started with the HIPPY assignments, he would constantly challenge me or be difficult to engage. As the weeks went on, he grew to enjoy our assignments and getting new books. Then, July of last year, the science assignment was to describe ice cubes, shaving cream, and flour; and then to combine them. I dreaded this assignment. I knew my son was going to struggle with ice because he hated cold. We had already tried playing with shaving cream in the past, and he did not enjoy that either. On the day of the experiment, I put on my "Let's have fun face" and got out our ingredients. What happened next completely took me by surprise! He did it! He immersed his hand in the cream. He experimented with the flour. He touched the ice cubes. He mixed them all together. He had a BLAST! Reece learned that new didn't have to be scary or bad. Thank you HIPPY for being part of our family and helping to break through barriers with my son!
- Susan, Hippy Parent
Providing additional support for children with ASD
CARD works with HIPPY to customize the HIPPY Curriculum to fit the special needs of your young child with ASD.
|HIPPY Key Features||CARD Contribution|
Better Accessibility & Communication
Provides access and visual enhancements to HIPPY Curriculum
Expanded Support Team
Professional CARD consultants with experience in ASD
Access to community resources
Individualized Learning Strategies
Home visitors & CARD consultants conduct visits together
Role play strategies
Provide parent tip sheet with helpful strategies
Added Supports & Services
Increased time for home visits
Create visual supports for group meetings
Specialized training for staff and families
On-going technical assistance to HIPPY staff
CARD staff consult with school teachers to promote school success
This training is a tutorial on the use of the HIPPY Curriculum supplement. The purpose of this training is to give HIPPY home visitors the information they need to direct parents in the use of the HIPPY Curriculum Supplement.
This training is a general overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder. This training will cover information about diagnostic criteria and some of the characteristics found in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
This training will give you basic teaching strategies to help direct parents in successful use of the HIPPY Curriculum and the HIPPY Curriculum Supplement. This training provides an explanation of the strategies listed in the HIPPY Curriculum Supplement.
This training is to help you understand the parent perspective of a parent who has a child diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other special needs. This training will teach ways to be proactive in developing and keeping a positive relationship with parents.