PALS offers programs to individuals on the autism spectrum and their families who are registered with UCF CARD. Below is a list and description of the various programs offered. Some programs are closed and individuals must be invited or recommended in order to participate. Some have specific qualifications that must be met or interviews or screenings may be required to become a participant. PALS reserves the right to ask individuals to leave a program if they do not fit criteria or are not appropriate for the group.
Please note: due to COVID all didactic/social programs will be virtual for Fall 2020. Soccer/Judo and Dance programs may be extremely limited to the number of participants. Most programs that typically meet every other week will be meeting once a week online.
SOCIAL ENHANCEMENT PROGRAMS
Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often find social situations challenging. Many find it difficult to make and most importantly keep a friend. PALS social enhancement programs work on understanding what other people are thinking and feeling, understanding facial expressions and body language, how to react in new social situations, solving problems, the unwritten social rules and other complicated social situations for someone with ASD. PALS facilitators provide an accepting, inviting atmosphere to teach social skills utilizing various strategies that may include role-playing, video modeling, self-management techniques, social stories and more.
COMMUNITY COLLABORATIVE PROGRAMS
Providing Autism Links & Support, works closely with the Central Florida community to provide natural programs for individuals registered with UCF CARD to participate with extra support from PALS facilitators.
PALS regularly seeks expansion on these programs to offer a variety of options for UCF CARD constituents. If you offer a specific program and would like to collaborate with PALS please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at 407.823.6020.ere to add your own text
PALS offers numerous family events in the community that facilitate communication between families as well as networking opportunities. Children and adults across the spectrum who are registered with UCF-CARD are welcome to attend with their families. Family events may include picnics/potlucks, bowling, pottery, or other community opportunities where families can get together with support from PALS and UCF CARD to participate in activities that otherwise may not be possible.
Providing Autism Links & Support contracts with outside specialists to provide certified trainings for families registered with UCF CARD at extremely low to no cost. Ask your UCF CARD Autism Disorder Specialist about therapeutic programs being offered that may be beneficial to you and your family.