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.

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Autism Parent Summit

By delsadarline, Mar 13 2014 01:41AM

The Autism Parent summit set out to provide provide parents with the practical tools needed to address the needs of children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. The panelconsisted of experts from a wide range of disciplines that are qualified to address concerns about issues affecting individuals on the autism spectrum. Topics included: Diagnosing, Effective Forms of Therapies, Nutrition, Education/IEP, Safety, Social Skills, and Transition to adulthood. Parents had a chance to ask questions that pertained specifically to their child.



A special thank you to all who were able to make it. We are especially greatful to the Institute of Human and Machine Cognition for providing us with an amazing facility to host this much needed event.

We would also like to extend our gratitude to the members of the panel.



Keynote Speaker

Dr Richard Solomon, Creator of the PLAY Project : Medical Director of The Ann Arbor Center for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, and founder of The PLAY Project. He is board certified in Pediatrics and Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics and has been diagnosing and treating children with autism spectrum disorders for over 25 years.


Laurie Bruun, Executive Director of MTRA: The Marion Therapeutic Riding Association is firmly dedicated to improving the quality of life of its clients by fostering programs that enhance their physical, emotional and mental well being.


Joyce Urban LMHC, Urban Counseling and local Play Project Host : Joyce's strength based approach and practical methods will help you find suitable means of therapy and explore integral components of mental health and wellness resources, attentive to the scope of your mental health needs . Diagnosing and additional Autism services are available. Sliding scale fees, Insurance and some Medicaid HMO's are accepted.


Sylvia Miller, Independent Support Coordinator: Endless Possibilities worked as a Parent Partner with the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities and now serves as Chair on their Advisory Board. Her passion has always been securing the independence of our children, young and old, and seeing them live their lives to their fullest potential.


Howard Moon Marion County Disability Alliance is a speaker on disability issues, Howard advocates from the prospective of a parent. He has a real world look at disabilities, and knows what it is like to raise a child with a disability. Howard has always been an outspoken advocateand is not afraid to speak his mind and take a stand that is not always popular.


Cara Owens Vitalize Nutrition


Cynthia Barnes : Ocala Police Department


Melissa A. Hager, M.A., CCC-SLP. LandOn Milestones She is a Certified Speech Language Pathologist through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), who specializes in the assessment and treatment of feeding disorders.


Kovee Schutt, OTR/L ot4kids her Specialties are Therapeutic Listening, Interactive Metronome, & Handwriting Without Tears


Marion County Board of Education: ESE goal is to provide every exceptional student with a free appropriate public education (FAPE), help them progress in school, access general curriculum, and prepare for life after school. Kathy Ruiz (Parent Liaison, Lead RCS ) and Amy Piperato (ASD Program Specialist)














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