Autism in Ocala: We wish to open an Autism center here in Ocala Florida. As previous board members of Ocala Autism Support Network, we were able to see first hand what families who have children on the Autism Spectrum needed and were missing. In an effort to be able to provide these services, therapies and assistive devices, KidGenius was born.
About Circle of Parent Childrens Programs:
Children’s programs are an integral part of Circle of Parents programming. The goal of children’s programs is to provide developmentally appropriate, skill building activities that will increase children’s confidence and self-worth while providing fun and enjoyment. Children’s programs provide an additional incentive for parents to attend Circle of Parents meetings by providing a safe, entertaining, and educational place for their children.
A children’s program helps children build relationships with one another and with the children’s program staff while their parents or caregivers are meeting in a separate group. The relationships will vary according to the child’s age and developmental needs. The children’s program staff creates many opportunities for children to be nurtured as well as to enhance their self-esteem and further their social skills. Children learn non-violent problem solving through the development of cooperative relationships and are able to practice problem solving and conflict resolution.
About Circle of Parents:
In most states, support groups are developed, organized and supported by a state or regional network. A tradition of shared material and a strong program model have helped these entities maintain similar, yet unique, programs that work for each program’s community.
The similarities of parent self-help support groups offered throughout the country are greater than their differences. Certain elements must remain constant to maintain the integrity of the model. For example, groups are always free, confidential, anonymous, and non-judgmental, and promote positive and non-abusive parenting.
Circle of Parents is based on the following network standards to guide groups:
The groups utilize the mutual self-help support model.
A trained group facilitator and parent leader facilitate the support groups.
Open groups meet regularly (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly) and are offered at no cost to any participant.
Driven by parent need and feasibility, a no-cost children’s program is available; if not possible, then quality childcare is provided.
The group facilitator, parent leader and other group members are available to one another between group meetings.
Groups are ongoing, require no intake, and, with few exceptions, are open to all parents.
Group members are assured of confidentiality in a non-judgmental environment within the limits of the law.
Community resource information that supports healthy family development is available to all group members.
Interested in attending a Circle of Parents group support session? Contact us