Three new grants to The Scott Center for Autism Treatment provide funding for assessment, parent-training, consultation and social skill building. Grants include $121,668 from the state of Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities; $20,000 from the Harper Family Foundation; and a $1,000 Share the Love grant from the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to purchase tennis equipment for social skills building.
Under the state grant, the center will provide clinic assessment services, supervised by Ivy Chong, director of autism services and training, and recommendations for 30 individuals, aged 2 to 18, diagnosed with autism. The center will offer a 10-week follow-up of web-based parent training and consultation to help the families implement the recommendations. The Harper Family Foundation grant supports on-site visits for state grant participants.
Grants were obtained by Chong; Dean of the College of Psychology and Liberal Arts and Professor Mary Beth Kenkel; and Colleen Middlebrooks, director of community relations for The Scott Center for Autism Treatment.