Sensory Jump Time at Pump It Up — last Wednesday of every month

August 13th, 2012

Pump It Up has partnered with Autism Speaks and is proud to offer Sensory Jump Time, a program open to all children on the autism spectrum and their families.

Children attending will have the opportunity to make new friends, jump, slide and play sensory-friend games within a controlled, safe and supportive atmosphere. The variety of our giant inflatables provide a great environment to work on coordination, balance and motor skills, all while having a great time!

Join us the last Wednesday of every month between 5:00-7:00 pm for Sensory Jump Time. Advanced registration is encouraged as this program is not open to the general public in order to provide a safe environment for the children.

Cost is $7 per child. Parents and caregivers are free! Space is limited. Pump It Up is a proud supporter of Autism Speaks. For more information about autism, visit AutismSpeaks.org.

Sensory Friendly Films – 8/12, 10/12, 11/12, 12/12

August 10th, 2012

AMC Theatres (AMC) and the Autism Society have teamed up to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities a special opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment on a monthly basis with the “Sensory Friendly Films” program.

In order to provide a more accepting and comfortable setting for this unique audience, the movie auditoriums will have their lights brought up and the sound turned down, families will be able to bring in their own gluten-free, casein-free snacks, and no previews or advertisements will be shown before the movie. Additionally, audience members are welcome to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing – in other words, AMC’s “Silence is Golden®” policy will not be enforced unless the safety of the audience is questioned.

Did you go to one of our previous Sensory Friendly Flims? Tell us what you thought!

Tickets are $4-6 depending on location and can be purchased on the day of the event.

Upcoming Shows

August 11 – Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

October 13 – Frankenweenie

November 10 – Wreck-It Ralph

December 8 – Rise of the Guardians

*Please note all dates and films are subject to change

Theaters are:

AMC Mesa Grand 24
1645 S. Stapley Dr., Mesa, Ariz. 85204

AMC Arizona Center 24
565 North 3rd St. Phoenix, Ariz. 85004

AMC Deer Valley 30
3033 W. Agua Fria Fwy., Phoenix, Ariz. 85027

Foothills 15
7401 La Cholla Blvd. Ste. 144, Tucson, Ariz. 85741

13TH ANNUAL AUTISM/ASPERGER’S CONFERENCE — 3/30-31

March 12th, 2012

Autism Society of Greater Phoenix 13th Annual Autism/Asperger’s conference

Dr. Temple Grandin, 2010 TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world and national speaker Dianne Craft MA, CNHP to Keynote at Autism Society of Greater Phoenix 13th Annual Autism/Asperger’s conference at MADCAP Theater in Tempe, AZ on March 30th and 31st, 2012.

We have an exciting schedule planned with nearly 30 local and national speakers. You don’t want to miss this conference. Registration opening soon!

For more information, click http://www.phxautism.org/13th-annual-autismaspergers-conference/.

MONTHLY SUPPORT GROUP MEETING at COCO’s – 1/24

January 6th, 2012

MONTHLY SUPPORT GROUP MEETING

Our monthly support meeting for January…
Tuesday, January 24, at 7pm

Coco’s restaurant at Paradise Valley Mall

Legal Primer Part I:

Special Needs Trust and Guardianship

Here is the format to our meetings:

6-7pm – Come and meet with the Parent Mentors and Kim Yamamoto, an educational advocate. This is for parents with a newly diagnosed child, with questions about school, DDD/ALTCS, insurance, etc. We would love to help you out.

7-8:30pm – Our regular meeting begins, announcements, and guest speaker(s).

ASA-GP Support Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at Coco’s at Paradise Valley Mall.

Come and check it out – we are free and fun & light snacks provided.

Mark Your Calendar:

Next Meeting- February 28th

Legal Primer Part II:

Criminal Defense for Teens and Young Adults on the Spectrum and How to Keep Them Out of Trouble With the Law

Click here for a list of meetings and speakers for the year. We hope you will join us for an informative year!

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Tour of: Gompers Vocational Habilitation Center — 1/9

January 6th, 2012

Autism Society of Greater Phoenix Presents:

Tour of:

Gompers Vocational Habilitation Center

Monday, January 9th — 9am for approximately 2-2.5 hours

RSVP by January 6th to cynthia.marksmom@cox.net

Start at the main location 6601 N. 27th Avenue and see the Day Training for Adults program and then shuttle with us to the Vocational Center 3.9 miles away at 5340 W. Bethany Home Road.

Gompers Habilitation Center’s mission is to empower and advocate for adults and children with disabilities in an environment of compassion, dignity and respect.

For more information about Gomper’s, click http://gomperscenter.org/.

Sensory Friendly Films — 1/7, 2/25, 3/10, 4/7

January 5th, 2012

Sensory Friendly Films

Saturday, January 7, 2012 -10 am
Admission: $5.25
Tin Tin

Upcoming Shows:

February 25 – Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

March 10 – Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

April 7 – Pirates! Band of Misfits

Please note all dates and films are subject to change

AMC Entertainment (AMC) and the Autism Society have teamed up to bring families affected by autism a special opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment each month.

Because these are Sensory Friendly Films, the movie auditoriums will have their lights brought up and the sound turned down. Additionally, audience members are welcome to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing. For tickets to these events, please visit the theater the day of the show. We’ll see you at the show!

Sensory Friendly Film Valley Locations:

AMC Arizona Center24
565 North 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 307-5371

AMC Deer Valley 30
3033 West Agua Fria Freeway
Phoenix, AZ 85027
(623) 434-0300

AMC Mesa Grand 24
1645 South Stapley Drive
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 503-1680

COCO SUPPORT GROUP MEETING — 11/22

November 16th, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 7pm
Coco’s Restaurant at Paradise Valley Mall

Next Week’s Topic:
– Healing Oils for Cold and Flu Season & Bring Your Favorite Recipe.
– Katie Wride will teach us how to use oils to stay healthy this flu season. Plus, bring a favorite recipe including GFCF and samples for everyone to try. This is a great way to get ideas for the holidays.

The format to our meetings:

6-7pm – Come and meet with the Parent Mentors and Kim Yamamoto, an educational advocate. (This is for parents with a newly diagnosed child, questions about school, DDD/ALTCS, insurance, etc.) We would love to help you out!

7-8:30pm – Our regular meeting begins, announcements, and guest speaker(s).

Mark Your Calendar:

Next Meeting- January 24, 2012

There is no meeting in December — join us for our Holiday Parties instead: December 3rd (adults) December 21 (families).

Click here for a list of meetings and speakers for the year! We hope you will join us for an informative year!

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ASA-GP Support Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at Coco’s at Paradise Valley Mall.

Come and check it out – we are free and fun!

Light snacks provided

Autism/Asperger’s Biomedical Workshop — 9/17/11

September 14th, 2011

Dear Autism Community,

A new large study investigated the risk of having a child with autism in a family that already has a child with autism. Older research (when autism incidence was lower) put the risk at 3-10%. The latest research, in a large study of 644 infants, published today in Pediatrics, puts the risk of having a 2nd child with autism at 18.7%. The risk is 3x higher for male siblings vs. female siblings.

Families who have a child with autism need to be aware of this much higher risk.

I will discuss this study and many others at our workshop at ASU on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, and also discuss hypotheses on how to substantially reduce the risk. See www.autismconferencesofamerica.com for registration and more information.

One Day Only, Saturday, September 17, 2011, 9:00am-5:00pm

ASU, Lattie F. Coor Hall, Room 174
976 S. Forest Mall
Tempe, AZ 85287

Professional – $95
Parent – $75
2nd Parent/Family member – $50
Zoowalk Team Captains – $35 (Pledge of $100 or More)
People with Autism/Asperger’s -$25

Hope you will join me at this informative workshop!

All proceeds from this workshop will be donated to the Zoowalk for Autism Research.

Sincerely,

James Adams, Ph.D.
President, Autism Society of Greater Phoenix Director, ASU Autism/Asperger’s Research Program

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Training Series — 3/7-3/9

February 14th, 2011

Day 1 – Monday, March 7th, 2011
Introduction to ABA
(0.5 ASHA CE’s)
This training will cover the basic components of ABA, including the ABC’s of behavior, reinforcement and prompting strategies, and the importance of understanding typical child development for designing effective interventions.

Day 2 – Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
Intermediate ABA
(0.5 ASHA CE’s, 5 BACB CE’s)
This training will provide information on evidence-based interventions for working with individuals with
ASDs. Topics will include Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT), Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and Positive Behavior Support (PBS).

Day 3 – Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
Decreasing Problem Behaviors & Increasing Appropriate Social Skills
(0.5 ASHA CE’s, 5 BACB CE’s)
Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBAs) are essential to identifying the reasons behind difficult behaviors and to the development of effective behavior support plans. This presentation will detail information regarding the use of interviews, observation techniques, and data collection procedures necessary for effective assessments. Practice exer-cises will also be conducted to assist participants in the development and implementation of behavior support strategies.

Presenter:
Abby Twyman, M.Ed. BCBA
SARRC Clinical Interventionist

When:
Monday – Wednesday, March 7 – 9, 2011

Time:
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. each day

Where:
SARRC
Campus for Exceptional Children
300 N. 18th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85006

Cost:
Advance Registration: $50.00/training or $130.00 for all three trainings.
Day of training: $60.00/training or $160.00 for all three trainings.

Details at: http://www.autismcenter.org/event_details.aspx?id=351

ThinkAsperger’s: An Overview of Asperger’s Disorder — 2/23

February 14th, 2011

ThinkAsperger’s: An Overview of Asperger’s Disorder, Early Warning Signs and Intervention

Presenter: Elena L. Pollard, MA

Research Coordinator, Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center

Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, 1-5pm
SARRC Main Campus for Exceptional Children
300 N. 18th Street, Phx, AZ 85006

Asperger’s Disorder (AD) is a lifelong disorder which symptoms can progressively worsen over time without early identification and proper treatment. Many individuals with AD have skills that make the disorder difficult to detect by current screening methods for autism. This hands-on training offers participants the opportunity to practice current intervention strategies for:

* Intervention strategies based on principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
* Social skills
* Conversation skills
* Classroom modifications
* Hidden Curriculum
* Social stories
* Emotion Regulation
* Teaching flexibility
* Vocational and Life skills training
* Gain valuable community resources for ongoing treatment and support