In partnership with South Sound Parent to Parent, the Thurston County Autism Coalition's SMART Team, (School Medical Autism Review Team) is made up of community service providers who have experience and a strong passion for supporting local families and children in Thurston County. For questions regarding the SMART Team, please contact Alissa Eromae by phone/text at 360-519-7661 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In most cases, parents will have scheduled and completed their child's evaluation, and will also have received a full report including recommendations and community resources in as little as a few months! No doctor or insurance referral is required. Please call now to learn more information. Your concerns shouldn't have to wait.
Early Screening For Autism Can Open A World Of Possibilities!
The intention of the SMART Team is to offer evaluations to families with a much shorter wait time than other options in the community. We will ensure that families are connected either to Early Intervention or their local school district (depending on the age of the child). The SMART Team does not provide ongoing services or therapy of any sort. Children, from ages 0 - 5, who live in Thurston County are welcome! For more information in Washington State, please click the button below to access the WS Medical Home Partnership Project:
Please Click below to access the referral form for your child, & the English/Spanish flyers:
Our process consists of three steps (for now, conducted virtually)
1) The family has an intake meeting with the Family Navigator to learn more about your child and family as well as complete an Autism screening tool. After this meeting, the SMART Team will review the screening tool and all child records to determine if a full evaluation would be appropriate. If approved, the child and family move to step 2.
2) The child and family will meet with 2 to 4 evaluators; Occupational Therapist (OT), Speech/Language Pathologist (SLP), Pediatrician, School Psychologist and they will complete a joint evaluation. The evaluators will need to interact with the child as well as ask questions of the parents/caregivers. After the evaluation, the team meets again to review all the testing and pertinent records and make a team decision as to whether or not the child meets the diagnostic criteria for Autism.
3) The family and evaluation team then meets again to review the full evaluation report, diagnosis decision, and resources/next steps.
Our SMART Team:
Alissa Eromae - Family Navigator
Anne-Marie Chapman - SLP
Melissa Finley - SLP
Naomi Mork - OT
Kim Rush - Teacher
Hilary Paul - School Psychologist
Dr. Amy Belko - Pediatrician
Parent to Parent
TAX ID #: 91-1496512