Sandra Worth is the Founder and President of My Autism Connection, Inc. a 501 (c) 3 organization.
In late 2011, Sandra began the first social skills support group with the assistance of a community agency. Since that time, she has continued to lead Relational and Employability skills support groups serving Lee, Charlotte and Collier Counties.
As a mom of a son diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum, she and her husband have personally navigated the many challenges families face when given this diagnosis. In her pursuit of finding resources and support she was determined to share any crucial information she could gather to improve the lives of these families. During 2012-2013, Sandra took a primary role in drafting and developing the Vocational Training Center for Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida.
During 2010-2013, Sandra was the Hostess for the National League of Junior Cotillion, Southwest Florida Chapter. Cotillion instructs middle and high school students in proper etiquette for social situations, manners and character education as well as dance. This affords Sandra a unique ability to apply this instruction in the groups she facilitates.
Sandra is certified in Autism Spectrum Disorders as well as trained in Special Education Law by a Special Education Attorney. She has also been trained in Person-Centered Approach to Service Delivery through the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD). In June of 2014, she obtained her certification as an instructor in the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) from Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson with UCLA. PEERS® is a manualized, evidence-based social skills training intervention for adolescents and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
By the end of 2014, Sandra received her certification in the SCERTS® Model from the Autism Institute at FSU College of Medicine. SCERTS® focuses on building competence in Social Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional Support. As a wife of a Sergeant, Sandra also provides a unique perspective when training law enforcement and first responders on “Best Approach” upon interacting with individuals on the Autism Spectrum.
Sandra facilitates educational, social-skills support groups for teens and adults. Creating opportunities and developing programs in the community for the members of My Autism Connection, Inc. has been a passion for Sandra. She works tirelessly to build relationships with businesses and community leaders continuing to bring awareness and creating opportunities for individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Aspergers or High-Functioning Autism) all as a volunteer.
Sandra has been a Registered Radiologic Technologist for over 29 years. Although retired from the field, she maintains her license. Sandra has lived in Ft. Myers, FL since 1988. She chaired the Lee Co. Autism Roundtable for the Lee County School District from 2011-2015. Since 2010, she continues to serve as a member of Project Transition, an interagency committee in Lee County and until June of 2016, Sandra served on the Curriculum Advisory Committee with the Lee County School District.
Dear Ms. Worth,
We cannot thank you enough for your excellent presentation “The Complexities of ASD” at the Collier County Health Department on March 14th, 2017.
In reviewing the evaluations all of the scores were excellent with participants commenting on your ability to have them understand the subject and make the information interesting. You were characterized as a “dynamic speaker”. All of the nurses stated they will incorporate all of your suggestions in their visits with clients and in their own lives.
There were many requests to have you speak again and so we hope to prevail upon you in our near future.
Again we appreciated you sharing your valuable time with us.
Danna Breeden, R.N.
Florida Department of Health in Collier County
3339 East Tamiami Trail #205
Naples, FL 34112