Informational Materials

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A Journey with Autism

Booklet that gives a quick overview of the autism spectrum disorder, resources, and miscellaneous information.

 

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My Health Passport

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.

"Making Life Easier" Series

The "Making Life Easier" series is designed specifically for parents and caregivers. This series of tip-sheets contains valuable information on how to make often challenging events easier to navigate, and even enjoyable, for both caregivers and children.

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Making Life Easier: Going to the Doctor or Dentist

Doctor and dentist visits can be very stressful for young children. Routine check-ups can cause anxiety, fear and distress in toddlers and preschoolers. In this Making Life Easier issue, adults are provided with tips to prepare the child for these appointments and make visits to the doctor or dentist less stressful for everyone (December, 2013).

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Holidays: Strategies for Success

While the holiday season is filled with enjoyable activities, events and traditions, it can also be a hectic and stressful time. This installment of the Making Life Easier series provides several proven strategies to help make the holiday season enjoyable for you and your child. Also includes a handy tip card for quick reference. (November, 2013).

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Making Life Easier: Bedtime and Naptime

Many families find bedtime and naptime to be a challenge for them and their children. This first installment of the Making Life Easier series provides a few proven tips for making bedtimes and naptimes easier for both parents and children. Also includes a handy tip card for quick reference. (November, 2010).

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Making Life Easier: Running Errands

Running errands (e.g., going to the store, bank, etc.) is one of those essential household routines that all families experience. While there can be huge benefits in taking your young child along, running errands can be extremely difficult if the child has challenging behavior. Still, there are several steps you can take to help you and your child get the most out of these outings. Also includes a handy tip card for quick reference. (November, 2010).

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Making Life Easier: Diapering

For many families, changing a child’s diaper can be a major battle. This installment of the Making Life Easier series provides several proven strategies to help make diapering a positive and relationship building experience for you both. Also includes a handy tip card for quick reference. (November, 2010).

Useful Links

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Parenting

Handipoints

Handipoints is a virtual community for families where children�s everyday �real world� chores earn them big prizes and new adventures in a safe online environment that is controlled and monitored by parents.


Brave Kids Resource Directory

Bilingual web site that helps children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses and disabilities including autism spectrum disorders. Site contains local resources, medical information on pediatric illnesses and support from other parents.


CDC Positive Parenting Tips

Addresses milestones for ages 0 thru 17 years of age. Free materials to download.


Kids in the House

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.


Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children: TACSE Families Community

Here you will find information and select resources that have been compiled specifically with the needs of familes in mind. Just as a community changes and grows over time, so will this page as new interactive elements and resources are created and added.


Triple P (Positive Parenting Program)

This program trains professionals to help families, but also maintains a site for parents.


Sibling Issues

Sibling Support Project

Peer support and information for brothers and sisters of people with special needs.


 

Resources

Autism Library

Online Training

Support Groups

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