Archive for February, 2010

ASA-GPC & ROK Support Meeting — 2/23/10

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Monthly Support Meetings
4th Tuesday of each month – Coco’s at PV Mall

February 23rd, 2010 – 6:30-8:30pm

Speaker: Ashley Mayer will be speaking on her internship at the Thoughtful House in Texas and Holly Reycraft will speak on social skills groups.

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

Sensory Friendly Films — 2/6, 3/20, 4/20/10

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

February 6th, 10am – The Tooth Fairy
March 20th, 10am – Diary of a Wimpy Kid
April 20th, 10am – How to Train Your Dragon

AMC Entertainment (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. Details at:

Three Session Advocacy Workshop — 2/20/10

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

February 20, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Check-in from 8-8:30 a.m.)
Scottsdale Bible Church
7601 E Shea Boulevard, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

This workshop features Steve Kosser, John Dacey, & Holly Reycraft who will speak on:

1. Learn how successful therapies for DDD children in Arizona can be available at no cost to parents (regardless of family income) to help reduce or eliminate symptoms and challenging behaviors.

2. Learn how to navigate the ALTCS health care maze, including what to do if you are facing the appeals process for a denial, reduction or termination.

3. Hear the laws, policies, and procdeures of Special Education and learn basic advocacy techniques to address the most common problems that occur at each stage of the Special Education process.

* This is a rare opportunity to hear from an EPSDT expert, lawyer, and educational advocate all on the same day!

* Join with other parents in learning how to effectively advocate for their children in the schools, at home, and with medical services.
Early Bird Registration ends on February 10, so register today!REGISTER NOW!

Early Bird Registration: Registered and paid by February 10th, 2010
Only $30 for Members; $50 for non-members
Regular Registration after February 10th: $50 for members; $75 for non-members

Visit for more information or to REGISTER

11th Annual Greater Phoenix Autism/Asperger’s Conference — 3/26-3/27/10

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

The Autism Society of Greater Phoenix is proud to announce our 11th Annual Autism/Asperger’s Conference! Don’t miss this exciting conference, with over 30 great speakers and a variety of sessions designed for both parents and professionals.

11th Annual Autism Society of Greater Phoenix
Autism/Asperger’s Conference
March 26-27, 2010 ยท Phoenix, Arizona

Friday Keynote:
No More Meltdowns: Handling Challenging Behaviors and Teaching Social Skills – Jed Baker, Ph.D.
Students on the autism spectrum often present with difficulty regulating their feelings and interacting socially. This workshop describes how to handle meltdowns and design effective behavior plans to prevent these moments and reduce frustration and anxiety.

Jed Baker, Ph.D. is the director of the Social Skills Training Project, a private organization serving individuals with autism and social communication problems. He also directs social skills training for Millburn Public Schools in New Jersey. His work has also been featured on ABC World News, Nightline, the CBS Early Show, and the Discovery Health Channel. He is an award winning author of five books:
* Social Skills Training for Children and Adolescents with Aspergers Syndrome and Social Communication Problems
* Preparing for Life: The Complete Handbook for the Transition to Adulthood for Those with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome
* The Social Skills Picture Book
* The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond
* No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-of-Control Behavior

Saturday Keynote:
Raising Temple Grandin: Personal and Historical Reflections – Eustacia Cutler
Eustacia Cutler will describe raising her daughter Temple in the conservative “Leave-it-to-Beaver” world of the fifties, a time when little was known about autism (then called “infant schizophrenia”) and children like Temple were banished to institutions. She will cover some of her own life experiences, fighting to hang onto hope in the face of a complicated family battle. She will also explore the main stumbling blocks of autism as she has learned them from doctors. How, to a minor degree, traces of its characteristics are in us all.

Eustacia Cutler is the author of “A Thorn in My Pocket” which describes the challenges raising a child with autism. She has written school lessons for major TV networks, researched and scripted the TV documentary THE DISQUIETED (on autism), researched and contributed script to THE INNOCENTS, a documentary prize winning first on retardation. She has three other children and five grandsons.

Other Conference Highlights:
* Successfully Mainstreaming Children with Autism – Sheri Bowes, MOT, OTR/L
* Floortime and Play Strategies – Lori Lichte-Brill Psy.D.
* Sensory Integration – Heidi Bonaroti, OTR/L
* Overview of Biomedical Treatments for Autism – James B. Adams, Ph.D.

We hope you will consider attending the conference. More details at: