Archive for April, 2007

Coco’s Meeting This Tuesday-Garage Sale, 4/24

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

Do you have ABA toys you no longer need? Supplements that you bought and never used? Stuff that you no longer need? Bring it to the meeting. We can chat and trade or sale what we have.

The meeting is this Tuesday at 6:30 in the back room at Coco’s off of Tatum and Cactus.

Cynthia Macluskie

ASA-Phoenix meeting on Tuesday, 4/17

Monday, April 16th, 2007

– 6:30 Informal Support Group meeting and discussion, with light refreshments
– 6:30 Breakout Session for new parents: “ABA basics… What do I need to know as a new parent.” Presented by Jessica Wing, M.Ed & Erica Babino, M.Ed, ABA Consultants – H.O.P.E Group L.L.C.
– 7:30 Main Presentation: Panel of Parents & Professionals, “Diet as a treatment for Autism”

ACCEL School (look for the LATCH sign): 10251 North 35th Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85051
(see map at

FREE CHILDCARE: We are happy to provide free childcare for children with autism and their siblings during our Chapter Meetings. Trained respite providers will be provided by The Loden Group. 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 children. Everyone is welcome!

Young Adult series of workshops – 5/7,5/21,6/4,6/18,9/10,9/24,10/8,10/22,11/5, 11/19,12/3,12/17

Friday, April 13th, 2007

Making Sense of Autism at Baio Enterprises, Inc.
What Every Autistic/Asperger Young Adult (and those supporting them)
Needs To Know

Join: Marti Baio, M.A., CCC-SLP A Speech Pathologist specializing in Autism/Asperger’s syndrome and Sue Golubock, M.Ed., OTR/L An Aspie Occupational Therapist specializing in Sensory Integration and Assistive Technology in a series of in-services designed for young adults (17-24), and those who are supporting them, as they transition into the world of work, higher education, independence and relationships. Each topic includes four 90-minute evening sessions that address communication and sensory processing issues as well as effective accommodations and strategies that can help! (exact time to be determined by participants)

$160 if only the young adult attends $240 for both the young adult and the support person [Note: Young adults and support persons will meet in separate rooms but receive the same information as each is expected to have different questions]. Register NOW… Space is limited to 8 young adults and 8 support persons 

From a Sensory Processing, Functional Occupation, Assistive Tech, Social Play, Pragmatic Communication and Autistic/Asperger perspective… To Help The Autistic/Asperger Young Adult to Learn What “Everyone Else” Seems to Know and They Don’t (But Should). To Help Those Providing Support to The Young Adult to Understand What Every Autistic/Asperger Person Knows but They Don’t (But Needs to) 

May 7 & 21, June 4 & 18 What It Means To Be Autistic/Asperger’s Differences in Processing Information: What One Doesn’t Understand Can Hurt Emotions and Reactions: Experiencing Life to the Extreme The Need to Be in Control: The Importance of Self-Advocacy Alone vs. Lonely: The Need for One Doesn’t Have to Lead to the Other
September 10, 24 October 8, 22 Developing and Maintaining Relationships Small Talk: Why Everyone Hates It but Knows Why It is Important Reading non-verbal communication: Focusing on Intent not Words Finding and Maintaining Friends: How Many and What Kinds of Friends Does One Need The Steps in a Relationship: How to Pace It and Recognize the Signs of Change
November 5, 19, December 3, 17 Higher Education and Work: Getting and Staying Where You Want To Be Using Special Interests, Sensory Processing, & Communication Strengths to Pick a Career What to Disclose and When: Getting Through The Interview/Admission Process What Are “Reasonable Accommodations”?: How and When to Self-Advocate Dealing with the Social Games People Play: When to Join In and When to Stay Out
January- February (dates to be determined) Living Independently and With Others The Social Rules That Everyone Knows but Won’t/Can’t Tell You Living Alone vs. With a Roommate, Partner or Spouse: What to Look For (& Look Out For) Dealing With The Challenges That Will Confront You Every Day: Balance & Compromise Getting Support for What You Can’t Handle in Exchange for What You Can Handle
March – April (dates to be determined) Getting Organized and Handling Finances Getting and Staying Organized: Using Environmental Triggers Credit vs. Cash: Alternatives and Support That Can Help What Happens When Life Crashes?: Backup Plans & Support Pacing Oneself and Saying “No” to Stay Functional 

Susan Golubock, M.Ed., OTR/L was diagnosed with Asperger’s in her 50’s. After graduating from Western Michigan University, Susan worked over 33 years as an occupational therapist, primarily in school-based practice. Her area of specialization is sensory integration. Marti Baio, M.A., CCC-SLP has practiced in the field of speech pathology since 1979. Working with children with special and severe needs has always been her specialty. Marti received a Bachelor of Arts degree at Oregon State University and a Master of Sciences degree at California State University, Fullerton. Marti had been trained in the use of floor time techniques by Dr. Stanley Greenspan and Relational Development Integration (RDI) by Dr. Steven Gutstein.

For more information, check out
Location: 1745 S. Alma School Road, Suite #145 (Alma School S. of Rte 60, SE corner of Isabella), Mesa, AZ 85225
Sign Up Today! Space is limited! Make Checks out to Making Sense of Autism (Sorry, no refunds for missed meetings)
Contact: or or call (480) 695-3853 [Sue] or (602) 214-6564 [Marti] for more information and to register 

Guide for Transition to Adulthood: The Latest in Behavioral and Related Interventions, 4/20

Friday, April 13th, 2007

Dr. Peter Gerhardt, president of the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) and one of the foremost authorities on issues of sexuality and transition to adulthood for individuals with ASDs, will be hosting a workshop and discussion to address the issues surrounding transition from adolescence to adulthood. The workshop will examine education and training methodologies, including Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA), as well as sexuality and the social world, and how they relate to successful transition. Participants will also learn successful strategies, plans and goals that can be implemented into their current transitional situation. The workshop will conclude with a Q & A panel, comprised of government officials, advocates, individuals with ASDs and parents to answer the most critical questions relating to lthe most pressing issues. Financial aid scholarships are available. Space is limited. Register now by contacting Karen Schultz at (602) 218-8220.
Date: Friday, April 20
Time: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Where: Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center, 300 N. 18th Street, Phoenix
Cost: $20.00 per person (includes free copy of the transitional resource guide)
*Scholarships available