CARD Corner

CARD Corner

Published on August 15, 2016

The greater Pensacola community is blessed two have two CARD consultants serving the needs of the community – Chrissy Ogilvie, Ph.D, and Cindy Golden, Ph.D.

What’s going on at CARD

Dr. Golden is partnering with a local elementary school to do a year of training and classroom consultations. A partnership with a local daycare serving Navy families has been developed. Teacher and parent trainings are being planned.

Dr. Ogilvie’s social skills groups are growing and continuing for the fall:

  • Making Sense of Middle School group meets Thursdays at the Pensacola CARD office. They have recently started using the PEERS (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills) curriculum –
  • The Girls Day Out group will be starting back up in late September and is open to high school students and young adult women. Plans have been made to meet with a local Mary Kay representative to talk about personal care. Following the meet- ing, the girls will be going on location for a photo shoot with a local photographer!
  • Gamer’s Delight is a popular group, open to high school age males and females. This group focuses on team-building and social interaction. Marcus Pointe Baptist Church has been a generous partner and has opened its doors to this growing group. The group meets every other Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Serving the entire community, an adult social group has been established and will continue this fall. The group is for those ages 18 and older. Some activities planned include bowling, pizza/game nights, and other trips out into the community. Plans are also in the works for a trip to FANdom in November!
  • Parents of adult children with autism have formed a group that is being facilitated by CARD. The group meets once a month in the Autism Pensacola office.

CARD’s lending library recently received a generous donation of books by local community friend Ann Grandin, who is also a mem- ber of API’s Grandparents group. New resources are also being added to help explain autism to young children, as well as books to assist in developing executive functioning skills.

For more information about CARD’s services and how to join one of the social groups, contact 850-416-4495 or email or


  • Provide short term consultation to address specific autism relat- ed issues as appropriate for home, school, community or work places upon request.
  • Provide consultation for developing visual supports (schedules, social stories, etc.) for registered CARD clients.
  • Provide support and technical assistance for a client’s specific needs, such as attending team meetings involving members such as the teacher, parent, therapists, and employer.
  • Work with local businesses to expand their customer base and provide opportunities to employ individuals with autism.
  • Provide training for families, teachers, caregivers and clients related to autism and other related providers, community organi- zations and employers.
  • Provide a free library with books on autism, communication, behavior, educational issues and more. You may check out as many as two books for 30 days at a time.
  • Provide an electronic newsletter listing upcoming events and trainings in the area. If you would like to be added to our email list, send an e-mail to
  • Offer a website which describes upcoming trainings,conferences and provides current resources and information. We are also on Facebook (FSU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities) and TWITTER (AutismFSU).