DIGITAL TOOLKIT

Welcome to Smart Start’s Guiding Parents to Services (GPS) digital tool kit.  This webpage is a companion to our Family Resource Guide.  While our Guide is aimed to give you the starter information you need to begin your journey with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), here you will find further resources, articles, and support.  In some cases, this information is an expansion of the Guidebook, and in other cases it introduces additional content. For further ASD assistance, please contact our GPS Coordinator at gps@smartstartofmeck.org.

TAKING CARE OF YOU

TAKING CARE OF YOU

Self-care is one of the greatest gifts you can give to your family. More information coming soon.

DIAGNOSIS QUESTIONS

DIAGNOSIS QUESTIONS

How to get help if your child may have a delay. More information coming soon.

INTERVENTION OPTIONS

INTERVENTION OPTIONS

What does this all mean? What should I ask? 
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DEVELOPMENT QUESTIONS

DEVELOPMENT QUESTIONS

Typical development vs delay. 
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LOCAL AGENCY REFERRAL INFORMATION

LOCAL AGENCY REFERRAL INFORMATION

With so many options, how do you choose what is right for your child? More information coming soon.

SENSORY INFORMATION

SENSORY INFORMATION

Learn more about the 8 senses. More information coming soon.

FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS & INSURANCE

FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS & INSURANCE

Maximize your money and benefits. 
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HEALTH

HEALTH

Other health issues that may occur with autism. More information coming soon.

SCHOOL ISSUES

SCHOOL ISSUES

Navigating school options, IEPs, and more. 
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USEFUL WEBSITES

USEFUL WEBSITES

Links to other informational sights. More information coming soon.

BLOG & PERSONAL STORIES

BLOG & PERSONAL STORIES

Have a story to share?  This is the place. More information coming soon.

GLOSSARY & ACRONYMS

GLOSSARY & ACRONYMS

Autism has its own language.  Come learn more. More information coming soon.

ABOUT GPS

Guiding Parents to Services (GPS) works with families whose child has recently been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or exhibits “red flag” behaviors of ASD.  This program, offered at no cost to families with children aged birth to 5, helps refer and connect families with federal, state, and local resources that support the needs of the child as well as caregivers.  Information is shared through a home visiting program, as well as monthly workshops offered at locations throughout Mecklenburg County.  GPS is designed to be a first stop for families as they navigate their personal journey with autism