April 10, 2019

Autism Awareness Month


Because Autism is a spectrum disorder, it can range from very mild to very severe and occur in all ethnic, socioeconomic and age groups. Males are four times more likely to have autism than females. It is estimated that 1 in 59 children has been identified as having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), making it one of the most prevalent disorders affecting children today. Children with ASD are often more inclined to excel in the arts. They can be highly creative or they can be gifted in math and science.


The more people know about autism, the easier it will be to confront the many stereotypes and misconceptions about the disorder. By learning more about the condition, you’ll be in a better position to work with children and families.


Characteristics of ASD


Although there are some common characteristics, no two persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder experience the world or behave in the same way. Some or all of the following characteristics may occur:


  • Difficulty in using and understanding language
  • Poorly developed social skills and unusual play with toys
  • Over- or under- sensitivity to sound, sight, taste, touch, or smell
  • Repetitive behaviors such as spinning objects or rocking
  • Difficulty with changes to surroundings or routines
  • Certain behaviors exhibited to stimulate the senses, such as switching a light on and off repeatedly, or humming loudly
  • Uneven skill development. Some skills are normal or superior for their age while others show significant delay
  • Challenging behaviors such as aggression, self-injury or severe withdrawal


Autism Spectrum Disorder Resources


Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at USF


A Guide for Families New to Autism


Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Autism Awareness Month Proclamation


Recently Added Resources:



2019 Prevention Resource Guide


Statewide Fidelity Review




Developing Respectful Partnerships through Customer Service (03/27/2019) (1.0 Hour)


Florida's New Guardianship Assistance Program (03/29/2019) (1.0 Hour)



And also visit our new Levels of Licensure Updates page (under Recent Updates) for up-to-date information.


Upcoming Events

QPI/Just In Time Live Webinar: Financial Safety: Protecting Youth from Frauds and Scams, Monday, April 15th, 2:00 p.m. - 3.p.m.


Presented by: Jessica Lorenzi Lead Communications Specialist Division of Consumer Services Florida Department of Financial Services & Denishia Sword Chief of Education, Advocacy and Research Division of Consumer Services Florida Department of Financial Services.


An overview of common financial frauds and scams that youth fall victim to, red flags and tips on how to avoid these scams.
A Q&A session will follow the presentation.


Click HERE to register.


QPI/Just In Time Live Webinar: GAP - What You Need to Know,

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 3:00 - 4:30 PM (Eastern)/ 2:00 - 3:30 PM (Central)


The roll out and implementation of the Level 1 licensing process and the Guardian Assistance Program (GAP) represents a significant shift in the caregiver structure within the Florida Child Welfare System. This webcast is intended to provide an overview of the Level 1 licensing process and GAP program for both child welfare staff and caregivers.


We will also have a kinship caregiver Phyllis Stevens from Philadelphia to provide her perspective on the unique challenges kinship caregivers face and how our system can work to ensure their needs in supporting our children are met.


We will also have former California Assistant County Child Welfare Director Tracy Schiro on the webcast to share her experience in leading a county transition into licensing kinship and fictive kin. We look forward to her insight into California’s lessons learned and successful practices. If you have any general questions you would like to ask, you can send your questions to dbrown@qpiylc.org.


Click HERE to register.


QPI/Just In Time Live Webinar: Maintaining Respectful Partnerships in a Time of Crisis: Investigations, Wednesday, April 24, 2019 11:00 - 12:00 PM (Eastern)/ 10:00 - 11:00 AM (Central)


This webcast will explore the foundational principles of the new investigations approach and will further explore how this approach will strengthen partnerships and families. As a participant, you can expect to learn about the following: How does the new approach strengthen communication between caregivers and the agency they are working with? What tools and assessments are being used to support and strengthen families? What supports are available to caregivers during an investigations process?


We look forward to you joining us on this webcast as we continue to learn more about how we all are responsible for ensuring children receive quality parenting, even in challenging circumstances.


Click HERE for additional details and to register.


Statewide Training: Florida’s Adoption Information & Independent Living Resource Centers Spring Training,
May 16-17, 2019, St. Petersburg, FL 33764


The Adoption Professionals track & Independent Living Professionals track will run concurrently over the dates of May 16th & 17th (a detailed agenda will be forthcoming).


The Adoption Track will cover topics related to:

  • Extended Maintenance Adoption Subsidy
  • Guardianship Assistance Program
  • Adoption Reports


The IL Track will cover topics related to:

  • Transition Planning
  • Extended Foster Care
  • Life Skills


Educational Opportunity for Adoptive Parents on Saturday, May 18, 2019


Click HERE to register.




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