Archive for January, 2007

Autism Society of America – Greater Phoenix Chapter

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

Support Group Meeting – Tuesday, February 20th

6:30-7:15 pm – Support Meeting & Open Discussion with Light Refreshments

Plus a Breakout Session: New Parent Session #2: “What DDD Services are available and how to get them.”

7:30 pm – Main Speaker: Elaine Berkley, “Preparing for your IEP

Meetings are held at:

ACCEL School
10251 North 35th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85051

For directions and parking information, see our website at

The general public is invited to attend. There is no admission charge for the meeting. ASA-GPC encourages members to invite other parents, family members, friends, teachers, professionals, and agency staff who are interested in the education, care, and welfare of children and adults with autism.

We are happy to provide free childcare for children with autism and their siblings during our Chapter Meetings. Trained respite providers will be provided. Pre-registration is very important to ensure that there is adequate staffing for the safety of every child.

Please R.S.V.P. by calling (480) 940-1093 or via email at if you are bringing your child/ren.

Autistic/Asperger Young Adult Social Group (17-24)

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

The Autistic/Asperger Young Adult Social Group will meet on Saturday, January 27th from 1:00 – 2:30 at Baio Enterprises, 145 S. Alma School (just south of Rte. 60 on the corner of Isabella), in Mesa. Sue Golubock, M.Ed., OTR/L of Making Sense of Autism will be hosting this event but the participants will run the group. A fee of $10 will be collected toward refreshments and future activities or outings that the group decides to do. Bring and share your interests. Network with and get support from peers like yourself. Call Sue at 480-802-8259 or email her at to get put on the email notification list for reminders and upcoming events! 

Coco’s meeting on 4th Tuesdays of the month

Friday, January 19th, 2007

The meeting is held at CoCo’s on the 4th Tuesday of each month. The times are 6pm to 9pm and the meetings are open only to members of the groups. Please do not bring food into CoCo’s and you are required to buy a meal or a desert. Dinner is $12 or dessert is $7.

Location: Coco’s at 4514 E Cactus Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85032-7702

— October-How to get more DDD services and make the most of your doctors appointments (Details: Coco’s Meeting tomorrow night at 6:30-9:00. We will be hearing a gymnastics coach talk about gymnastics and our kids. Also, I will talk briefly on how to get the most out of your doctor’s appointments. Mostly this will be an open meeting for parents to talk and share and spend time together. Hope to see you all there. All are welcome! — Cynthia Macluskie)

— November-Janet Chow-Clue breakers (Details: Worried about social skills? Janet Chow will be speaking about social skills and social skills classes. Janet Chow is a psychologist who has been teaching Clue Breakers, a small group class teaching social skills. Come learn and ask questions at Coco’s tomorrow night at 6:30. CoCo’s is off of Tatum and Cactus and we meet in the backroom.  All are welcome and I hope to see you all there! — Cynthia Macluskie)

— December-open for parent discussion

For more details please contact

SARRC’s 9th Annual Community Breakfast, 4/19

Friday, January 19th, 2007

Thursday, April 19, 2007, marks SARRC’s 9th Annual Community Breakfast. Last year’s breakfast was a great success with more than 1,900 government, business and community leaders attending.

Dan & Danielle Feroleto of Small Giants, a marketing services agency, will co-chair the event along with Socrates & Stephanie Papadopoulos, parents of triplets, one of whom was diagnosed with autism. During the breakfast, which will also commemorate SARRC’s 10th anniversary, guests will be taken on a journey through SARRC’s past—its growth, contributions and triumphs—then look into the future at the impacts of autism.

When: April 19, registration begins at 7 a.m.
Where: Arizona Biltmore, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix
Contact: SARRC at (602) 340-8717

Financial Planning Workshop for Parents of Children with ASDs, 3/22

Friday, January 19th, 2007

Sponsored by Arizona Saves and SARRC

When: March 22, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: SARRC, 300 N. 18th St., Phoenix Arizona Saves and SARRC are pleased to announce a free financial planning workshop for families of children with ASDs. Arizona Saves has arranged for a local attorney to speak to parents about legal and financial planning issues. Contact Karen Shultz at (602) 340-8717. Arizona Saves is a nonprofit organization that empowers Arizonans to build sustainable self- sufficiency by advancing healthy money management through education, saving, debt reduction and asset building. To learn more, visit

Roxanne Small from Futures Unlimited CCDT course, 3/23 – 3/24

Friday, January 19th, 2007

CCDT Certification Course: Level One

This 8-hour course will provide an introduction to Chronologically Controlled Developmental Therapy (CCDT). Topics covered in Level One will include:
• Introduction to the theory base for CCDT
• Developmental concepts from 2nd Trimester, 3rd Trimester and Neonatal time periods
• Educational and therapeutic implications of these concepts
• Specific treatment techniques related to these time periods and practice using these concepts Participants will receive Level One Certification upon successful completion of this course, and be eligible to attend Level Two at a future time.

Cost: $300
Dates: Friday, March 23, 2007, 6:00-9:00 p.m. (dinner provided) Saturday, March 24, 2007. 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (Start and end times are yet not finalized)
Location: Phoenix, Arizona (I-10 and Elliot area)
Details & registration: Please click here or contact Roxanne Small (

Please note, class size will be limited to 20 people be. Click here for a link to their web site.

David Kirby to speak Saturday, 2/17

Friday, January 19th, 2007

David Kirby the author of EVIDENCE OF HARM, will be the featured speaker at the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine at the Tempe Mission Palms on Saturday morning 8 to 10 am, February 17, 2007. This session will be open to the general public for a fee of $25.00. Saturday evening will be a two hour ‘MEET THE AUTHOR” session with a cash bar available and the general public will be invited for free. Click here for more details.

Richard Louv Lecture, 2/15

Friday, January 19th, 2007

Presented by The Phoenix Zoo

When: Feb. 15, from 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix

Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, will speak about the transformation in the relationship between children and nature, and how society is teaching young people to avoid direct experience in nature. This unintentional message is delivered by schools, families and the community. Louv will also talk about the exciting, new body of scientific evidence demonstrating just how important direct contact with the outdoors is to healthy child development, touching on ADHD, child obesity, stress, creativity and cognitive functioning. Louv’s presentation will include practical suggestions for action to help children interact with the natural environment. Children’s activities and a book signing will happen before the lecture. SARRC staff will provide childcare from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Phoenix Zoo for parents who attend the presentation. Space is limited. Please contact Vanessa Flores at (602) 218-8172 or if you would like to attend. The cost is $25 for adults and $5 for children.

Logerquist Excellent Attitude Program (LEAP) program, 2/13 to 4/3

Friday, January 19th, 2007

L.E.A.P. Schedule Spring 2007
Sally J. Logerquist, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist

Tuesday Evenings for 8 weeks
February 13th to April 3rd

Group 1 – age 7-9, 5:30 to 6:30
Group 2 – age 10-13, 6:30 to 7:30 pm

Location of sessions:
8687 E. Via de Ventura Suite 113, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Southwest corner of Via de Ventura and Via de Negocio.

Contact (480) 443-1133 or Click here for more details.

Legislative Advocacy and Self Determination Training, 1/27

Friday, January 19th, 2007

Co-hosted by: Protecting Arizona’s Families Coalitation (PAFCO) and The Self Determination Advisory Council
Sponsored by:  The Arc of Arizona

When: January 27, 2007               Registration: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.       Where:3839 N 3rd Street  Phoenix
Cost: Five dollars for Lunch           Contact Person: Jamie Cunningham  (602) 364-4540

— How to be an advocate for yourself and others.
— How to use your power with others.
— How to organize and mobilize your group, agency or association.
— How to write an effective letter to your legislators that tells them what you want.
— How to make an effective visit with your legislators so they understand what you have told them.
— How to be part of a team that gives you and others power for action..