Archive for August, 2007

Coco’s Meeting Tuesday, 8/28

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

The meeting begins at 6:30pm and we have 3 speakers in August…

One will be Lisa Madigan who specializes in NAET. She will speak about allergies and how to help deal with them.

Another speaker will speak on the following: LifeBridges exists to meet the needs of high functioning adults with ASD and their families. The goal is to facilitate greater independence by offering daily living skills assistance, respite, incidental transportation, and adult habilitation provided by staff specifically trained to assist those with Autism and Asperger’s. Employment assistance is something we are also looking into. Habilitation programs are currently being written by behaviorists with experience with ASD and are designed to fit the needs of adults.

Additionally, Susan Sunseri a parent, will talk for a few minutes about my experience with CARD.

I encourage all to come. Please spread the word and invite others who you think might be interested in attending our meetings.

Cynthia Macluskie

Autism Conference at ASU-West, 11/16-11/17

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Friday Nov. 16: 7:30am – 5pm
Instructional Strategies and Teaching Positive Behavior for Children/Teens with Autism Cathy Pratt, Ph.D., will provide practical instructional strategies for teaching and for addressing challenging behaviors across multiple environments. Ideas and suggestions for classroom teaching and creating positive behavioral environments will be highlighted. Cathy Pratt, Ph.D., is the Director of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community and teaches at Indiana University. She lectures internationally and consults on behalf of children and adults across the autism spectrum. Currently, Dr. Pratt serves as Chair of the Board of the National Autism Society of America.

6:15 Reception for Mozart and the Whale, combined with Art Show by Children & Adults with Autism (see for details).
7:00 Movie: Mozart and the Whale – An Asperger Love Story

Saturday Nov. 17: 7:30am – 5pm
Providing Positive Inclusive Experiences for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Inclusive opportunities for individuals with autism are now considered of high importance in both treatment and in quality of life. However, including children with autism into natural environments such as schools and community activities involves more than the child’s physical presence at the location. Successful inclusion requires educated planning, and trained implementation. This presentation will review the principles in which positive inclusive experiences are built upon, and provide a foundation for creating individualized programs in school, home and community. Participants will gain encouragement and learn strategies to make inclusive opportunities a reality for all children and adults with autism spectrum disorders.
Rick Clemens, M.A., has been involved in the integration and inclusion of both children and adults with autism since 1985. Rick has been a classroom teacher, educational consultant, inclusion and behavior specialist, social program coordinator and is currently the Founder and Director of Inclusive Education and Community Partnership, a California based agency which has supported several thousand children with autism and other disabilities in inclusive environments over the past 10 years.

For details click here

Habilitators Training courtesy of AZA-United/GALA, 8/25-8/26 & 9/29-9/30

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Arizona Autism United (formerly known as GALA Human Service Co-op) is offering an ABA training course available to all habilitators of children with autism. This is a **PAID** TRAINING and is open to ALL HABILITATORS in Arizona! We offer this training every month.

Upcoming Schedule:

– Saturday/Sunday • August 25 & 26 • 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Guthrie Mainstream – Children’s Learning Center
1801 E. Southern Ave., #105, Mesa, AZ 85204 • (480) 497-5904

– Saturday/Sunday • September 29 & 30 • 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Guthrie Mainstream – G.R.E.A.T. Kids’ Center
3200 N. Dobson, BLDG. E, Chandler, AZ 85224 • (480) 491-5553

For details click here or call the office at: 480-820-2924