Archive for March, 2009

ASA-GPC/ROK Support Meeting — 3/24

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

6:30-8:30 pm – Support Meeting

7 pm – Main Speaker: Mary Hurst
Mary Hurst will be talking about the revolutionary therapy tool AutismPro.

AutismProT is a technological tool that supports the parent’s vested interest in the type of care their autistic child receives. It is based on a philosophy that when parents and professionals work together, educational outcomes are improved for children with autism. There are many methods proven to help children with autism. Each method can be used alone or in combination with other methods. AutismProT incorporated the general philosophies of a number of evidence-based teaching methods and recommends only those methods that have been proven to benefit children with autism.

4th Tuesday of each month
from 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Coco’s Restaurant – Paradise Valley Mall
4514 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix, AZ 85032

Teaching through Music — 4/25

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Through fun and interactive activities, participants will learn easy to implement strategies and examples of how music can be incorporated into any program in the home, school and community setting.Using applied behavior analysis (ABA) as a framework, participants will also learn how music can be a functional and motivating intervention to teach social, interpersonal, academic and language/communication skills as well as improve attention and participation.

This workshop is designed for parents, educators, therapists, habilitators and others working or living with preschool and school age children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).

When: Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: SARRC, 300 N. 18th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85006
Cost: $30.00
Presenter: Holly Sokol, M.Ed., MT-BC, Music Therapist **Deadline for registration is April 20th.
Web site:

Understanding and Supporting Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) in the School Setting — 4/17

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Understanding and Supporting Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) in the School Setting. This training is recommended for teachers, parents, professionals, habilitators, case workers and others working with children with ASDs in preschool or toddler programs. The workshop will include an overview of characteristics of ASDs, motivational strategies to support appropriate behavior and a framework for incorporating instructional strategies into the classroom setting. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance for professional development.

When: Friday, April 17, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
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24th Annual Special Day for Special Kids — 3/28

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

24th Annual Special Day for Special Kids,
Raising Special Kids

DATE: March 28, 2009
TIME: 10 am – 2 pm
LOCATION: McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale

Sponsored by: Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary Club, Phoenix El Puente Rotary, Scottsdale Unified School District Learning Classes, Raising Special Kids

FREE Train & Carousel Rides, Carnival Games & Booths, Clowns, Face Painting, Petting Zoo, Lots of Food & Ice Cream! Register on the day of the event. Questions? Contact Dan McAuliffe 480-315-5216 or Al Chaves (En Espanol) 480-221-7259

ASA-GPC’s 10th Annual Autism/Asperger’s Conference — 4/4, 4/5

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

ASA-GPC’s 10th Annual Autism/Asperger’s Conference
April 4-5, 2009 · Glendale Community College

Don’t miss this exciting conference, with over twenty great speakers! Practical information for children and adults of all ages and abilities!

Financial aid is available for families with income under $40,000/year. For more information call Mylien at (480) 831-2047 or send her an email.


Saturday Keynote:
Translating Research into Effective Intervention Practices for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Diane Twachtman-Cullen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Sunday Keynote:
Navigating the Social World: Managing emotions and stress in students with Asperger’s Syndrome, high functioning autism, PDD-NOS, and related disorders, Jean McAfee, M.D.

Organized by:
Autism Society of America – Greater Phoenix Chapter

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Training — 3/3, 3/10, 3/27

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Training SARRC offers this behavior analysis training in three workshops created specifically for those working with individuals with ASDs, including habilitators, parents and professionals. Participants will learn evidence-based strategies for supporting individuals of all ages with varying levels of ability.

Introduction to ABA
9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Intermediate ABA
9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Decreasing Problem Behaviors and Increasing Appropriate Social Skills
9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, March 27, 2009

ADI-R Training: Autism Diagnostic Interview (revised) — 3/24 & 3/25

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

SARRC is now offering ADI-R training and reliability scoring for researchers and clinicians. SARRC’s Director of Research, Christopher J. Smith, Ph.D., will conduct the training. Originally developed for autism research assessment, the ADI-R is considered the gold standard instrument for diagnosing autism and is widely used in clinical settings.

Where: SARRC, 300 N. 18th St., Phoenix
When: Monday, March 23, 2009 and Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. **Participants must be present the entire time to receive credit for the training
Web site:

Dr. Peter Gerhardt Presents: Friendships, Sexuality and Relationships — 3/13/09

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D., will present a comprehensive and lively overview of the issues people with autism face regarding sexuality, friendships and relationships. Dr. Gerhardt will share perspectives, recommendations and helpful resources to educate people on the challenges faced by the autism community and how to help individuals learn about their sexuality. Click here for complete description. When: Friday, March 13, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m (Lunch is not included)

Where: SARRC’s Vocational & Life Skills Academy, 2225 N. 16th Street, Phoenix
Cost: $40
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Sensory Friendly Films — 3/14, 4/4 & 4/18

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Movie “Race to Witch Mountain”
March 14, 2009 – 10 a.m.
Please note this is a re-make of the 1975 Disney film “Escape to Witch Mountain” and is rated PG.

Movie “Monsters vs. Aliens”
April 4, 2009 -10 a.m.

“Hannah Montana”
Saturday, April 18th, 2009, 2009, 10 a.m.

At the following Valley locations:

AMC Deer Valley 30
3033 West Agua Fria Freeway
Phoenix, AZ 85027

AMC Mesa Grand 24
1645 South Stapley Dr.
Mesa, AZ 85204

AMC Entertainment (AMC) and ASA have teamed up to bring families affected by autism a special opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment on a monthly basis.

With 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. We’ll see you at the show!

Bal-a-vis-x Training here in Phx March 14 & 15th

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Bill Hubert is coming to Phoenix for a 2 day training. BAVX is an amazing program that helps kids learn. Kids with learning disablilities, physical, behavior or cognitive challenges. Kids that are behind in reading, spelling, math, etc. Gifted students, ADD/ADHD kids, Autism, down syndrom, cerebral palsy, stroke victims, and the list goes on.

BAVX is a whole brain learning approach which utilizes a series of Balance/Auditory/Vision eXercises, of varied complexity, most of which are deeply rooted in rhythm. These exercises require(will help build) full-body coordination and focused attention. The program utilizes beanbags, racquetballs, balance boards, and multiple principles and activities from Educational Kinesiology. It demands cooperation, promotes self-challenge and fosters self-esteem. I have seen great stride made in reading, spelling, handwriting, balance, communication, and socialization in school and family settings.

Who Benefits from BAL-A-Vis-X? (go to for more info on the program)