As mom of an adult son diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, she and her husband personally navigated many challenges that families typically face when learning about a diagnosis for the first time. In her pursuit of finding resources and supports, she was determined to share any crucial information she could gather.
Sandra’s certifications are as follows: Autism Spectrum Disorders and Person-Centered Approach to Service Delivery from the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD). In addition to having expert training in Special Education law.
She is also a certified Instructor in the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) from Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson with UCLA and in the SCERTS® Model from the Autism Institute at FSU College of Medicine.
Since 2010, Sandra has served as a member of Project Transition, an interagency committee with the Lee County School District to assist in sharing support and guidance towards transition services for ESE (Exceptional Student Education) students in the school district.
During 2012-2013, she took the lead in a 4 person team in drafting and developing the Vocational Training Center for Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida.
Sandra provides a unique perspective on training law enforcement and first responders on “Best Approach” while interacting with individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Through a partnership with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in the development of the only nationally recognized Driver Challenge, teaching law enforcement and individuals diagnosed with Autism how to effectively communicate learning how to navigate safely on our roadways through classroom and practical lessons at the Sheriff’s training facility. She also provides training for school personnel, health departments and other professional staff.
"Mrs. Worth was very accommodating as we needed to reschedule two sessions due to an emergency response in our fire district. Sandra was extremely knowledgeable when answering any and all questions presented to her by our employees."
"Sandra Worth is able to impart this sentiment with professionalism and skill. As a result, our citizens, including those that fall within the autism spectrum, are the recipients of skilled and caring policing."
"Sandra has excellent ideas and is committed and capable of handling the most difficult of situations. I have the confidence and believe that with the passion and dedication that Sandra exhibits for others she will always be an asset to work with."
"I finally feel like we are getting somewhere. He’s a totally different kid now that he’s getting the support he needs. Thank you for all your help and everything you do. You are amazing and I’m so glad we found you when we did."