CARE Program

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Community Autism Resource Education (CARE) Program

CARE is a free program for caregivers of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Autism experts will respond to caregiver-generated questions through videos, phone calls, email correspondence, or our FAQ section.

CARE flyer (PDF)

This program has been adapted to a completely online format in order to increase access to supports during COVID-19.

CARE is available for Spanish-speaking families. The video presentations and supplemental materials below were adapted to Spanish by Olivia Hernandez Gonzalez, PhD, PLP, LMHP, NCSP and Jessica Gutierrez, BS, CPH.

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Meet our presenters

Accessibility: Each video includes captioning -- simply click on the closed captioning (CC) button at the bottom of the video. 

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Video Link (1:35) In this video, Michelle McPeck provides an overview of this self-directed program, including ways to connect with the professionals participating in this program.

 Patricia K. Zemantic, PhD, BCBA-D

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Video Link (7:59) In this video, Patricia Zemantic, Ph.D, BCBA-D, discusses common symptoms of ASD, differences between medical diagnosis and educational verification, and introduces some common interventions for ASD.

Supplemental Materials

 Leslie Van Winkle, CCC-SLP

Speech, Language, Communication

Video Link (5:05) In this video, Leslie Van Winkle, MA, CCC-SLP, describes key components of communication, including speech, language, and communication. She also compares private and school-based speech services, and describes common intervention approaches.

Supplemental Materials

 Monica Pleiss, OTD, OTR/L, BCP

Occupational Therapy

Video Link (12:17) In this video, Monica Pleiss, OTD, OTR/L, BCP, describes occupational therapy, compares private and school-based occupational therapy services, and describes common ways occupational therapists support children with ASD.

Supplemental Materials

 Amanda N. Zangrillo, PsyD, BCBA-D


Video Link (14:41) In this video, Amanda Zangrillo, Psy.D., BCBA-D, describes the reasons why problem behavior commonly occurs.

 Laura Phipps


Video Link (7:02) In this video, Laura Phipps, EdS, BCBA, describes typical feeding and help caregivers identify signs to better identify when it may be appropriate to connect with a provider.

Supplemental Materials

 Michelle McPeck

Community Resources

Video Link (9:24) In this video, Michelle McPeck, BS, describes a variety of resources available for individuals with ASD.

Complete a post-program questionnaire.

Submit a question to one of our providers.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please email Dr. Patricia Zemantic.