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I find myself referring families to CAYAC about 5-10 times a week these days.  Rather than try to explain what CAYAC is, I asked CAYAC to explain their services directly.  Below is a guest blog from the Connections team:   As Fort Collins is growing, it can be difficult to find the right mental health […]

April is Autism (awareness/acceptance/uh?) month!  Fort Collins has a bunch of fun events going on.  Here is a quick blog post to keep you in the loop about Autism Awareness events in Fort Collins! Wednesday April 3 – Game Night Old Town Library, 5:30 pm FREE Play games with other young adults, make friends! Game […]

The Social Learning Project presents: Dating on the Spectrum Join us for a 4-part series on Dating. We will be addressing social topics related to meeting people and dating. This course is intended for ADULTS.  Space is limited. Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 in April April 4: Flirting or Just Friends: Reading Body Language with Mallory Griffith, […]

We have banded together to provide a new set of resources for you! New Website This summer we launched a new website,  The intention of the website is to help families in Fort Collins find the Autism/social skills related services they need, and that we are currently offering.  (Remember when we had all those […]

When you have a child who struggles with language, how do you help them structure the day?  How do you communicate the impact of choices in a meaningful way? You could use a picture schedule, but what to do if you are in the middle of Target and you don’t have enough options in your […]

Parenting is hard. Parenting a child on the autism spectrum is even harder. Studies show that parents with children who have autism report clinical levels of stress due to ongoing therapies, doctor appointments, special education issues, and social needs of their children (Davis & Carter, 2008). High levels of parental stress are notably concerning as […]

Parent Education Speaker Series The Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Connections (CAYAC) team is holding dinner and education courses free of cost! Wednesday Nov 29, 5:30-6:30 AUTISM NIGHT   I’m the speaker!  I will discuss local treatment options for individuals living on the autism spectrum.  I have invited some local providers to answer questions after […]

The Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Connections (CAYAC) team is hosting FREE education and dinner on Wednesday evenings.  Classes are held at the Health District, 120 Bristlecone Dr in Fort Collins from 5:30-6:30.  To reserve your space, please contact Brian at   Here is a sample of their offerings: Nov 1: Teen sexuality Nov […]

On a recent Saturday I was wandering around the house, trying to get organized for the day.  The phone rang.  My child announced, “It’s Temple Grandin.  Did you want to get that?”  Uh, yeah. After a couple of deep breaths to steady myself from the shock and excitement, I answered the call from The Queen […]

Colorado’s Autism Society recently sent along some information regarding their services.  Below is a sampling of their offering: Opening Doors Program: partners with local and national businesses to provide comfortable places to dine, shop, and enjoy the community. Specific training designed to help employers as they employ individuals with disabilities. Autism 101: a training for […]