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Spotlight on Relationships

Published: February 10th, 2017

Category: Calendar, Featured Items, Training, Uncategorized

Spotlights are a new feature here on the CARD-UF website.    A link to our newest spotlight can be found below as well as a link to archived editions.  We will post new topics periodically and hope you will find these brief spotlights informative and relevant.  Please share any feedback with us at

Featured Spotlight

  • Relationships

We’re going live!  Join UF CARD February 13th (2017) at noon as we navigate the ins and outs of the dating world, while also focusing on dealing with friendships and relationships for those on the autism spectrum.  We will present in real time through Facebook Live-just in time for Valentine’s Day!  Hope you’ll join us for this first spotlight in a special monthly series of presentations!

PowerPoint Presentation


1. Books

  • The PEERS Treatment Manual: Social Skills for Teenagers with Developmental and Autism Spectrum Disorders by Elizabeth A. Laugeson and Fred Frankel
  • Making Sense of Sex by Sarah Attwood (has a chapter/section on the social rules of making and keeping friends)
  • Sexuality Across the Lifespan for Children and Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities by DiAnn L. Baxley and Anna L. Zendell
  • Decoding Dating by John Miller
  • Be Different: Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian with Practical Advice for Aspergians, Misfits, Families, and Teachers by John Elder Robison
  • The Turtle and the Bagpipe by Shel Silverstein is a great way to illustrate mutual interest to teens
  • Autism and Falling in Love: To the One That Got Away by Kerry Magro

***We may have copies of these books in our lending library. Please call us at 352-273-0581 if you are interested in borrowing one.***

2. Apps

  • Quickcues is an app that provides social scripts to help individuals navigate through tricky social situations
  • Hidden Curriculum for Kids provides various social scenarios to help kids and teens problems solve and engage in conversation
  • The Social Navigator and FriendMaker are some more apps to help with social skills during various situations

3. Websites


Beginning a new school year is a time of uncertainty, which usually translates into stress and anxiety for caregivers and students. One way to prepare for the upcoming school year (or any new situation) is to create an easy-to-read summary of who your child is and what he/she likes or dislikes.

In this presentation, Cathy Zenko defines accommodations and lists examples of common accommodations.  Viewers will see a demonstration of the app, Notability, and learn about its different features.  Notability is a note taking app, which integrates writing, typing, drawing, and audio/video recording to create a single note or to annotate PDF’s.