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Specialized Treatment & Assessment Resources, PA

Kim Spence, PhD

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Clinical Director of Autism Support Services
Specialized Treatment & Assessment Resources, PA
Cocoa, Florida

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Cedar Tree Communication Therapy, LLC

Amy Fritz-Ocock, EdD

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450 South Orange Avenue,
3rd Floor
Orlando, FL 32801

Meets Florida Requirements

64B4-7.0081 Requirements to be a Qualified Practitioner for Completing Risk Assessments and Treatment of Sexual Offenders.

(4) A qualified practitioner under this rule shall possess 40 hours of graduate coursework and/or post degree continuing education in all of the following core areas with a minimum of three (3) hours per area:

 1.(c) Evaluation, risk assessment, and treatment of specialized populations of persons who have sexually offended;

 1. (i) Understanding the role of early trauma, the intergenerational cycle of abuse, other environmental, social, and neurobiological factors that contribute to the development of sexually abusive behaviors, and trauma-informed practices;

 1. (j) Evidence-informed treatments designed for use with persons who have sexually offended; 

64B4-7.007 Requirement to Hold Oneself Out as Qualified to Practice Juvenile Sex Offender Therapy

 1. (a) Theories of child and adolescent development and psychopathology;

 1. (b) Developmental sexuality, including sexual and reproductive anatomy and physiology, gender and sexual identity, and sexual diversity;

Kim Spence, Ph.D. – Brief Bio

Dr. Kim Spence is the Clinical Director of Autism Support Services for Specialized Treatment & Assessment Resources and has worked for the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) since 1999 as an Autism Disorders Specialist.  For the past 20 years she has lectured internationally regarding treatment supports, specialized therapeutic intervention, and the creation of specialized sexuality education programs for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).  Dr. Spence began providing specialized sexuality education training for parents, teachers, and care providers of individuals with ASD in 2000 and has offered numerous trainings focused on discriminating between maladaptive sexual behaviors versus mental health issues and specialized educational and behavioral interventions to support healthy sexual knowledge for individuals with ASD across the life-span.  She has been training emergency responders, law enforcement personnel, and members of the criminal justice system across the nation since 2001 and is an appointed Advisory Board Member of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse (MEPIC).  Dr. Spence serves as a consulting editor for the peer-reviewed journal Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and on the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC)/Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Training First Responders (Law Enforcement Officers & Emergency Medical Staff) Grant Advisory Committee.

 

Amy Fritz-Ocock – Brief Bio

Dr. Amy Fritz-Ocock is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist who holds a doctoral degree in special education. Amy specializes in working with children and adults with high-functioning ASD and their family members. She uses a constructive cognitive behavioral approach that teaches individuals with pragmatic challenges to carefully consider situations and the consequences of their actions. This promotes effective communication, rewarding social interactions, and increased emotional regulation.

Before opening Cedar Tree Communication Therapy, Amy was an Autism Disorders Specialist at the University of Central Florida’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities for over 5 years. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor and Clinical Supervisor at Ball State University in Indiana for nearly 6 years and a speech-language pathologist in Hilliard City School District in Ohio for nearly a decade. In addition, Amy intermittently maintained a private speech-language pathology and consultation practice since 2000.

Along with her extensive professional and academic experience, Amy’s daughter has high-functioning ASD. This has provided invaluable personal experience that further informs her work with clients and their loved ones.