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FAMILY SUPPORT

Aquaire
www.aquaire.org
info@aquaire.org
801-842-5904 Clearfield, UT
BEHAVIORAL MODIFICATION THROUGH SWIM LESSONS Preschool and elementary aged children who have Impulsivity challenges, Anxiety, Depression, Attachment challenges, Behavioral challenges, Attention challenges, Social challenges, Communication challenges…No diagnosis is required nor given. We have trained swim instructors as well as behavioral specialists performing the weekly instructions. We coach good parents with the intent to make lasting changes. Adapted from well known, researched and proven programs like 1-2-3 Magic, Love and Logic, and the Total Transformation Program. Held at Clearfield Aquatic Center.

Autism Give
www.utahautismgive.org
utahautismgive@gmail.com
Utah Autism Give is a parent driven 501(c) (3) non-profit organization providing relief and support to individuals and families in Utah affected by autism.

Best Buddies
www.bestbuddiesutah.org
Matches volunteers with individuals from the community who have developmental disabilities. Volunteers are matched in a one-to-one friendship and serve as a mentor friend. Volunteers are asked to see their buddy twice a month and make a phone contact at least once a week for an academic year. In addition, buddy pairs will participate in chapter activities and chapter meetings six to seven times a year.

Big MAK’S (Mom’s of Autistic Kids)
utahmaks.blogspot.com
“More Support Than A 44DD”
Big MAK’s meet every 2nd Monday of each month from 6-8 p.m. at
Bouncin Off the Walls
398 West 9400 South
Sandy, UT 84070
There are also several other activities throughout the year, especially during the summer.

Canine Companions for Independence

www.cci.org or http://www.facebook.com/caninecompanions/

Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs at no charge to the recipient.  Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence® is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.

Canines with a Cause

www.canineswithacause.com
The mission of “Canines With a Cause” is to rescue shelter dogs and train them to work with people who need a companion, therapy or service dog. Although we know all dogs are wonderful, some of them just don’t have what it takes nor do they want to work, they prefer being with person or family and just can’t leave kitties, other dogs or distractions alone. They are all special in our eyes and have basic training.

FAAST (Families of Autism and Asperger’s Standing Together)
faastutah.weebly.com
Support group for families of Autism and Asperger’s in the Ogden, Utah area and beyond.
FAASTUtah@gmail.com
F.A.A.S.T. is about helping families just like us to have an avenue for support and to spread the awareness for Autism and Asperger’s. Join us and help our voice get louder.

Family to Family Network
www.utahfamilytofamilynetwork.org
801-272-1051

Jordan Family Education Center
www.jordandistrict.org/departments/jfec/
River’s Edge School (11000 S. 319 West)
801-565-7442
The Jordan Family Education Center provides support services and classes for families and students in Jordan School District. These services are provided by the District’s school psychologists and counselors. The center offers classes and short-term counseling on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Classes are free, but registration is required.

Kathrine Parnell, LCSW
(801) 209-9797
Kathrine Parnell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in Draper.  She offers specialized help for children, adults and families who are faced with challenges related to the autism spectrum. Kathrine has obtained specific professional training in the field of autism as well as personal experience having three children who are on the spectrum.

Sanpete Autism Parent Support & Peer-let Support Group

http://www.facebook.com/SanpeteAutismParentSupport/  ~ A new autism parent support & peer-led support group in Sanpete County. That meets the second and fourth Saturdays of the month with guest speakers each time.  Sometimes you will hear from professionals in the area and other times parents will present what they have learned. They don’t have a website yet but here is their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SanpeteAutismParentSupport/

Southern Utah Autism Parent Group

southernutahautism.blogspot.com
Meetings on the third Thursday of each month from 6:30-8:00pm, at the Old Hospital on 400 E. Enter through the 24 hour entrance doors and go past the elevators and around the staff elevators. Go to the administrative board room located by the Medical Records.

Utah FEAT (Families for Effective Autism Treatment)
www.utahfeat.org
Provides education, support and guidance to Utah families of children on the autism spectrum, and to enhance the community of professionals and educators serving those families.

Utah Parent Center
www.utahparentcenter.org
2290 East 4500 South, Suite 110
Salt Lake City, UT 84117
(801) 272-1051 (V/TTY); (800) 468-1160 (In UT)
upcinfo@utahparentcenter.org
The Utah Parent Center has information about community services, support groups, etc. specific to autism. It also is the best resource for information, workshops, and consultation for IEP’s. Workshops – stress management, bringing your child through transition phases, etc. Parent-to parent – support when newborn or child is newly diagnosed with disability. Parent consultants – parents who have “been there”.

PARENTS/CAREGIVERS

Autism Speaks Utah

UPC E-Journal: Autism
This e-Journal was created by the Utah Parent Center and is accessible to parents and professionals.  They have gathered together a selection of original and previously published articles.  Not wanting to “reinvent the wheel,” they have included information on accessing other publications, such as the Utah Special Educator.

Utah Special Educator Magazine: Autism
You have questions; they have answers.  This special monograph issues of the Utah Special Educator covers the breadth and depth of important issues surrounding the education of children and adolescents on the autism spectrum.  Many of the most dedicated, most talented educators and researchers in the US, including many from Utah are represented in this issue.

Utah Care Notebook – Organizing Your Medical Documents: Created by Utah Family Voices
A Care Notebook is an organizing tool for families who have children with special health care needs.  Use a Care Notebook to keep track of important information about your child’s health care.  This Care Notebook has been designed for families of Children and Youth with Special Health Care needs.  In caring for your child with special health needs, you may get information and paperwork from many sources.  A Care Notebook helps you organize the most important information in a central place.  A Care Notebook makes it easier for you to find and share key information with others who are part of your child’s care team.

Basics for Parents

Your Child’s Evaluation
This publication describes the steps the school system will take to evaluate your child to determine if he or she has a disability and is eligible for special education. 1999, 4 pages.
This information is courtesy of The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilites (www.nichcy.org)

Parent to Parent Support
Ever wish you could talk to another parent whose child has the same disability as yours? This document describes the Parent to Parent Program, which matches parents in one on one relationships for sharing information, experiences, and emotional and practical support. 2004, 4 pages.

Parent Training and Information Centers

Looking for resources in your state and community? Need information about disabilities, the educational rights of your child, or strategies for being an effective advocate for your child? Call your state’s PTI—the Parent Training and Information Center—or your state’s CPRC—Community Parent Resource Center. This publication will tell you what PTIs and CPRCs do, how they help parents, and how to get in touch with yours. 2003, 4 pages.

Siblings

Take a look at autism through the eyes of the siblings.  Learn about how they feel, what they think autism is and how they live with it.

The Utah Parent Center has a list of resources for siblings of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Download the PDF today!

SUPPORT GROUPS

Big MAK’s
Big MAK’s is a group of “Mothers of Autistic Kids” who rally around each other for encouragement, support and laughter. MAK’s is not your “typical” support group, but you will find support from others who “get it”.

The Utah Parent Center also has a list of parent and family supports in Utah.  Learn more about the resources that are available by clicking here!