Visual supports are evidenced based practice tools which may be used to enhance the communication skills of individuals impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Parent, doctors, and other professionals serving individuals with ASD will want to print these materials as they prepare for the next health and wellness related appointment.
Medical professionals have very limited time to gather important information during medical appointments. FCIC's My Health Report has been designed with feedback from family physicians to help individuals and family caregivers give relevant health information as efficiently as possible. By completing this information and sharing it with your doctor, it will help him/her determine why you are feeling sick. It also helps to free up more time for communication, and discussion of what treatment options are available to address your health issue. Dr. Liz Perkins would welcome any feedback or comments regarding My Health Report at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Signs to look for prior to 24 months. This is a small tri-fold business size card.
Doctor and Hospital Visits
Improving Communication with Patients who have Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (Physicians’ Fact Sheet Series)
This is a new series of factsheets aimed primarily at Physicians and other health professionals to have succinct information about a range of topics regarding care of adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Dr. Liz Perkins (email@example.com) would welcome any feedback or comments or suggestions for topics.
FCIC's My Health Passport is a health advocacy document that describes the unique supports and preferences of an individual. It is designed to be shared with many types of healthcare providers, in clinic and hospital settings, especially for those who are not very familiar in providing care to individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Hard copies of My Health Passports are currently available, and can be ordered free of charge by contacting Dr. Liz Perkins or (813) 974-7076. The forms are also available for free download.
Hygiene and Grooming
Dental Care & Visits
The healthy folks at CARD-USF developed this social experience booklet “Going to the Dentist”. The booklet can be used to help prepare and know what to expect before a visit with your dentist.
A visual schedule breaks down large tasks into smaller steps. This schedule shows tooth-brushing and flossing steps.
A guidebook for mental health professionals.
A guidebook on mental health issues affecting individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. (3MB)
Physical Activity/Weight Management
An overview of recent research and literature reviews dealing with risk factors for obesity in ASD and developmental disabilities.
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The Florida Medicaid program is implementing a new system through which Medicaid enrollees will receive services. This program is called the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Managed Medical Assistance program.
Information for Physicians and Researchers.
Tool Kits: Helpful information on many topics, including blood drawing, dental professionals, and medication decision aid.
Continuing Education for primary health care providers.
This website has over 8,000 1-2 minute videos on a wide variety of parenting topics, including a number of topics related to parenting a child with mental health challenges. This site features expert advice from NAMI Medical Director, Ken Duckworth, and parenting insight from Jay Gaylen, a NAMI Basics teacher from NAMI Orange County.
Autism Physician Handbook. The handbook is viewable as a slideshow in English, and in PDF format in several languages.
Includes a description of the Florida waiver programs and available services.
A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. This is an overview page that provides links to several NIH resource sites for information on autism spectrum disorders.
These toolkits provide helpful information and strategies for improving sleep.
Materials & Links
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- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Early Screening & Intervention
- For Kids
- Health & Wellness
- Life Skills
- Parenting & Family
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