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The Parker Autism Foundation

FAQs - The Parker Autism Foundation - Charlotte, NC


What are your sources of funding?

How do I qualify as an approved center, school, or therapist?

Does a family need to meet income requirements to be served by the Foundation?

Where are you located?

How do I become a corporate sponsor?

How do I donate?

Who can I contact for more information?

What are your sources of funding?

The Parker Autism Foundation finances its work through individual contributions, corporate donations, fundraisers and club dues. The Foundation relies on in-kind contributions to lessen the cost of goods and services. The Parker Autism Foundation does not tele-market. We have a nation-wide policy against the tele-marketing of any private residence as well as door to door solicitations.

How can I qualify as an approved center, school, or therapist?

Therapist: To qualify as an approved therapist each applicant should fill out an application, provide recommendations from teachers, employers or parents, attend Parker Autism Foundation training, and interview with one or more of our team. Continuing education is required for all Parker Autism Foundation certificants. Each person certified with the Foundation must attend at least two training classes or workshops each year to further their knowledge in the field of autism.

Centers: To qualify as an approved center, the facility must have a high standard of care, as well as trained and qualified staff. Teachers at the center must follow the individual goals of the child and be willing to work with the Foundation and the family to meet the child's needs. The center will also interview with our team.

Schools: To qualify as an approved school, the organization must follow the child's ABA goals and be able to provide one-on-one intensive therapy ( ABA , SLT, OT) for the targeted child for at least 60% of the school day. The school staff must be well qualified and trained in ABA. The school must be a clean and welcoming place for children and their families, and the staff and administration must be willing to work with the Foundation and the families to meet the child's needs.

Does a family need to meet income qualifications to be served by the Foundation?

No. We serve any family that wants or needs support. We offer parent classes, social groups for children, ABA consulting, ABA therapy, and children's workshops.

Where are you located?

Our office is located in Charlotte, N.C.
Some services, however, are provided in the following areas:

  • Port St. Lucie, Florida
  • Indian River County, Florida
  • Charlotte, N.C, and surrounding areas
  • Norfolk, Virginia and surrounding areas
If you are interested in any of our services but do not live in one of our operating areas, please e-mail us with your name and contact information and we will be happy to refer you to the nearest ABA therapy center in your area. If no therapy centers exist close to you, we will notify you when we have placed therapists in your area.

How do I become a corporate sponsor?

Corporate contributions are needed and greatly appreciated! To become a corporate sponsor please contact our organization via e-mail, or call us at 704-819-4952.

How do I donate?

Every contribution that you make helps a child with autism to succeed. For more information on ways that you can help, please visit our Giving page.

Who can I contact for more information?

To learn more about The Foundation and it's services you can contact us at:
The Parker Autism Foundation
5290 Cambridge Bay Drive
Charlotte, N.C. 28269

Phone: 704-819-4952
Fax: 704-912-2788

What services do you provide?

  • Scholarship grants for ABA services to children with autism
  • Scholarship grants for parent and therapist training
  • Hold workshops for parents, therapists, and professionals at both the beginner and advanced levels
  • Provide consultative services for home and school programs
  • Provide one-on-one intensive intervention for children with autism
  • Offer support to parents and families of children with autism
  • Provide a lending library for families to share materials

How can I sign up for a workshop?

Please call us at (704) 819-4952 or use our online Contact Form to register and/or learn more.

What is Autism?

Autism is a type of pervasive developmental disorder that interferes with a person's ability to communicate with and relate to others. It is a lifelong condition involving a biological or organic defect in the brain. Signs of autism almost always develop before three years of age, although age at diagnosis varies. The current statistics state that the prevalence of autism is approximately 1 in every 166 persons, and this statistic continues to rise. The severity of autism varies, and no two persons with autism hold identical characteristics. It is much more common in boys, and four out of every five children diagnosed with autism are male. If you think that your child may have autism, seek a professional diagnosis as soon as possible. Early intervention greatly increases your child's chance of success in a typically-developing environment.

What are the symptoms of Autism?

All people with autism have difficulties with social interactions and relationships. There is always some difficulty with verbal and nonverbal communication, and language development in children with autism is almost always delayed. Children with autism have limited, repetitive and stereotypical patterns of behavior, interests and play, such as repetitive body rocking or hand flapping, unusual attachments to objects, and obsessions with routines or rituals. Children with autism also typically have a variety of sensory issues, including either a hyper- or a hypo-sensitivity to various forms of sensory input (sound, light, touch, etc). Some children with autism also have a cognitive delay, but many children with this diagnosis have average or above average intelligence. Children with this diagnosis can range from very high functioning to very low functioning, depending on the levels of impairment.

What is Asperger's Syndrome?

Asperger's Syndrome is a pervasive developmental disorder characterized by severe and sustained impairment in social interaction, development of restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior, interests and activities. These characteristics result in clinically significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning and development. In contrast to autism, there are no clinically significant delays in language or cognition. There are also no delays in self help skills or in adaptive behavior, other than those that are involved in social interactions and relationships. Children with Asperger's Syndrome often have obsessional interests or activities that further impede their social development. It is more common in males, and is often diagnosed later than autism, usually after the age of 5. Asperger's is not easily recognizable, and many children are misdiagnosed or do not receive a diagnosis until much later.

What are Autism Spectrum Disorders?

Autistic spectrum disorder is an umbrella term for all of the diagnoses that include autistic characteristics. This includes Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Asperger's Syndrome, Rett's Syndrome, and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder. Many young children are diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder instead of a subcategory, because symptom intensity and impairment level often change as the child ages. This allows for more flexibility in treatment options and can result in a more specific diagnosis later in life.

What is ABA therapy?

Applied behavior analytic therapy is the only empirically-validated form of intervention for young children with autism. In ABA therapy, the client's behavior is assessed through observations that focus on exactly what the client does, when the client does it, at what rate, and what happens before (antecedents) and what happens after (consequences) behavior. Strengths and weaknesses are specified in this way. Skills that each client shows deficiencies in are broken down into small steps and taught in learnable chunks. The therapy is usually very intensive and is done on a one-to-one ratio of therapist to child. ABA focuses on observable behavior and data collection to allow for monitoring of progress and alteration of programming as needed, to ensure the best possible intervention for the targeted child.

Where can I find more information about Autism?

Please view our Resources page. Here you'll find links, recommended reading, and other information to help you in your quest for knowledge.

Do you use data cookies with your website?

Yes but only for the purpose of anonymous tracking of activity that provides us with helpful information such as how many visits per month, day of week, time of day, duration of visit, etc..

Do you offer ABA therapy to adults?

Not at this time. The primary emphasis of The Parker Autism Foundation is to provide early intensive intervention to decrease the need for services at later ages. We are always available to connect you with the services that would better suit the needs of older persons with autism.

Who can receive an ABA scholarship?

Any child who has been diagnosed with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder whose family qualifies financially.

Do you offer other scholarships to children or their families?

Yes! We offer scholarships for the children's workshop, social groups, parent training classes, and ABA supplies.

What determines who gets a scholarship?

Anyone that financially qualifies and has a child who has received a diagnosis for an Autistic Spectrum Disorder is eligible. Each application will be reviewed by the scholarship committee, and eligible families will be asked to come in for an interview. (All scholarships are based on availability of funds).

How can I use the scholarship?

Scholarships may be used at our foundation or with a Parker Autism Foundation-approved center, school, or therapist.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

Please print out, fill in and fax/mail back to us. Applications can be found in our Scholarships & Grants section.