Occupational Therapy

Family Support Services

The Community of Autism Resources and Education (CARE) Family Support Services are outreach programs designed to help families learn how to navigate a life impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) while finding support and understanding in one another.


Parent Information & Training Sessions

Each month, we offer an information and training session to enrich the lives of families impacted by ASD and other developmental disabilities through specialized training and resources.

Location & Time

If there are no community gathering restrictions:
Sessions will be held in the Heartspring Conference Center with the option to join virtually.

If we are not able to meet in person:
Sessions will meet via Zoom.

Sessions are from 9-10 a.m. and are FREE and open to the public.

Monthly Session Topics:

  • January: Feeding and Swallowing
  • February: Potty Training
  • March: At-home Intervention
  • April: Managing Accumulated Stress
  • May: ACT Training
  • June: General Education Tips and Tools
  • July: Managing Anxiety and Making Decisions Related to Your Child
  • August: IEP Advocacy
  • September: De-escalation Strategies
  • October: AAC Devices
  • December: Transitioning Age

If you are interested in attending, please email our CARE program: CARE@heartspring.org


Parent CARE Group

Our Parent CARE Group is designed to give parents of children with ASD a place to build relationships with other parents and share their struggles, experiences, and special moments of success.

Location & Time

If there are no community gathering restrictions:
Sessions will be held in the Heartspring Conference Center with the option to join virtually.

If we are not able to meet in person:
Sessions will meet via Zoom.

The group meets from 10 a.m. to noon and is FREE and open to the public.

If you are interested in attending, please email our CARE program: CARE@heartspring.org


Sibling CARE Group

Our Sibling CARE Group is designed to develop an enhanced sense of understanding, esteem, compassion, and empathy towards siblings who are impacted by ASD. Participants in this group are able to connect with other siblings in similar circumstances, which provides the opportunity to create bonds and friendships.

Location & Time

Sibling CARE Group will meet ONLY if and when Parent CARE Group is held in-person in the Heartspring Conference Center from 10-11 a.m. and is FREE and open to the public.

If you are interested in attending, please email our CARE program: CARE@heartspring.org


Teen Hangout

Teenagers and young adults impacted by ASD often do not have the same social opportunities with their peers. Our CARE program offers a fun evening of food, movies, and everything in between!

Location & Time

This event meets in the Heartspring Conference Center on the third Friday of every month from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and is FREE and open to the public.

If you are interested in attending, please email our CARE program: CARE@heartspring.org


Online Autism Screening

Research has shown that early intervention of Autism Spectrum Disorder is essential in improving children’s learning, communication, social skills, and brain development. If you suspect your child may be on the spectrum, the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT) is a trusted screening questionnaire that will help you determine if professional testing is needed.

Click the link below to visit the M-CHAT website.

M-CHAT Website


Parents' Night Out

Parents of children with ASD often struggle to find affordable respite services and care for their children. CARE offers one night a month for children to enjoy fun and safe activities while their families enjoy a night out.

Location, Time, & Ages Served

  • 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Once A Month, Friday Nights
  • Heartspring Outpatient Services building
  • Ages served: 2-18

Next Sessions:

  • January 29, 2021
  • February 26, 2021
  • March 26, 2021
  • April 30, 2021
  • May 28, 2021
  • June 25, 2021
  • July 30, 2021
  • August 27, 2021
  • September 24, 2021
  • October 29, 2021
  • November 20, 2021

If you would like to attend, visit the Heartspring Outpatient Services front desk or call 316-634-8839.

For more information and a full schedule of our support services please contact:

Tristen Moore

Tristen Moore

CARE Program Coordinator

tmoore@heartspring.org