Services and Resources for Parents/Caregivers

Services and Resources for Parents/Caregivers

Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) offers services specifically for parents and caregivers and are provided by our trained staff. Below you will find a range of education and consultation services designed by our team to best fit your needs. For more information about a listed resource or training, please contact our team at 602.606.9806 or contact us by email.

Family Orientation

Family Orientation connects caregivers of individuals with ASD to current and broad information that will help them navigate the journey of autism. Participants will learn about issues that are relevant to their child’s stage of life. Orientations are for families with newly diagnosed children, those who have recently relocated to Arizona, and families making life transitions. Family orientations are generously sponsored and there is no cost to attend. Family Orientations are held once a month for caregivers of individuals in each age group:

These meetings are exclusively for parents/caregivers. For more information or to register, view our online events calendar here.


Milestones offers services and support for parents of infants starting as young as 6 months and continuing through 18 months of age. This program is ideal for families with infants who have an older sibling with a diagnosis of autism, as well as new parents looking for more information and support regarding their infant’s development. Services can include 1) evidence-based information on developmental milestones and parenting practices, 2) consistent monitoring and 3) a very early intervention option for babies demonstrating early signs of ASD or with a diagnosis of ASD prior to 18 months. Milestones is offered at no cost for parents of infants.

Educational Presentations

Presentations are designed to deliver information in a didactic format with video examples, discussion, and interactive activities to create a foundation of knowledge. Presentations are appropriate for a broad audience including parents, caregivers, educators and professionals that impact outcomes for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A variety of evidence-based topics and trainings such as our ABA Everyday Series and Pivotal Response Treatment for early language learners are offered throughout the year. To view and register for an upcoming presentation, view our online events calendar here.


ThinkAsperger's is an outreach program that educates parents and caregivers to “Think Asperger’s” when they see subtle social challenges in young children. Learn more about our ThinkAsperger's program here.

Dental care resources

Oral health care is the most prevalent unmet health care need among children with and without special needs. Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation enabled SARRC to develop Dental Information Guides and Trainings for families of individuals with autism, autism service providers, and dental professionals to expand oral healthcare for those on the spectrum in dental offices and at home. For more information, view various dental resource guides here

Video Workshop (ages 16 months to 6 years)

This group workshop meets over the course of four consecutive days. During the first training day, participants receive instruction with video examples on Pivotal Response Treatment. After the first day, you will receive a video camera to record interactions between you and your child. Together with other parents, you will meet with a SARRC Clinical Consultant to review interactions, like play, recorded of you and your child. Comprehensive feedback will be provided on your use of Pivotal Response Treatment to maximize your interactions with your child.

Parent Training

The Parent Training Program equips parents with strategies to help teach their child appropriate language and social and play skills that will benefit their child and their family throughout a lifetime. Through coaching and hands-on practice, parents will learn naturalistic and effective practices. Two clinic-based models are offered: a 1-week intensive model and a 12-week model. In both models, parents and clinicians collaborate to identify individualized and meaningful goals for the family and their children.