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Wyoming Family Mentorship Program

1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 4298

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-2761

Toll Free: 888-989-9463

TeleType: 307-766-2720

Fax: 307-766-2763

Email: wyof2f@uwyo.edu

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Family Mentorship Program

Autism Spectrum Disorders


Welcome!

The Wyoming Family Mentorship program was designed to ensure the families navigating the autism spectrum have the support, resources, and community they need to thrive. We pair newly diagnosed families with families who've been navigating the spectrum for some time - trained mentors who know the joys and challenges of raising a child with autism. We believe that having a community of supporting parents is a critical part of services for families with children on the autism spectrum.

We take into consideration several factors when matching you with a mentor: the age and gender of your children, geographic location, and similarity of diagnoses. Our priority is to match you with someone who can best support you and offer resources tailored to your unique family and needs.

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What to Expect

  • Interested families will need to fill out an application.

  • Once applications are received by WIND, families will be contacted to complete an intake interview.

  • Based on information from the intake interview, families will then be matched with mentors.

  • Families and mentors will work with a trained facilitator to create an action plan for their child.

  • Mentors will provide resources and support to families.

  • Mentors will follow-up with families as needed.

Real Families, Real Solutions

Autism impacts the whole family. Our mentors are sensitive to the demands on you, your children, and your family. We work to help you find supports and services that are right for you. These include:

  • Finding and discussing interventions.

  • Locating resources in your community.

  • Supporting you at school meetings and doctors' appointments.

  • Giving you a safe space to talk.


Become a Mentor!

Are you a family member with a child with autism?

Would you like to help other families navigate the autism spectrum?

The Wyoming Family Mentorship program was designed to ensure that families navigating the autism spectrum have the support, resources, and community they need to thrive.

Trained Mentors Will:

  • Complete a half-day facilitator training at virtually no-cost, travel expenses included

  • Training will include navigating systems of care, empathetic and reflective listening techniques, emotional processing, hands-on mentorship skills, and safety and confidentiality.

  • Once matched with a family, will work to create an action plan with that family

  • Mentor at least two families a year

  • Receive an annual stipend

Provide Resources and Support to Families as needed, including:  

  • Locating resources in their community

  • Attending UW ECHO for Families: Autism

  • Offering a safe space to talk

  • Providing follow-up as needed

  • Networking with other Wyoming families in similar circumstances

For more information, please contact Canyon Hardesty • 307-766-5003.


UW ECHO for Families: Autism

The purpose of this virtual community is to provide opportunities for learning, advocacy, and mentorship with families that have a child with autism and with others interested in supporting children with autism. These networks, using videoconferencing technology, offer an opportunity for families to receive professional support and brainstorm evidence-based solutions or share successes with families and other professionals around the state and nation. These sessions can be attended by anyone at no cost, and you do not need to be a part of the Family Mentorship Program to participate.


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Wyoming Family Mentorship Program

1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 4298

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-2761

Toll Free: 888-989-9463

TeleType: 307-766-2720

Fax: 307-766-2763

Email: wyof2f@uwyo.edu

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