Archive for February, 2011

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Training Series — 3/7-3/9

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Day 1 – Monday, March 7th, 2011
Introduction to ABA
(0.5 ASHA CE’s)
This training will cover the basic components of ABA, including the ABC’s of behavior, reinforcement and prompting strategies, and the importance of understanding typical child development for designing effective interventions.

Day 2 – Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
Intermediate ABA
(0.5 ASHA CE’s, 5 BACB CE’s)
This training will provide information on evidence-based interventions for working with individuals with
ASDs. Topics will include Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT), Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and Positive Behavior Support (PBS).

Day 3 – Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
Decreasing Problem Behaviors & Increasing Appropriate Social Skills
(0.5 ASHA CE’s, 5 BACB CE’s)
Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBAs) are essential to identifying the reasons behind difficult behaviors and to the development of effective behavior support plans. This presentation will detail information regarding the use of interviews, observation techniques, and data collection procedures necessary for effective assessments. Practice exer-cises will also be conducted to assist participants in the development and implementation of behavior support strategies.

Abby Twyman, M.Ed. BCBA
SARRC Clinical Interventionist

Monday – Wednesday, March 7 – 9, 2011

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. each day

Campus for Exceptional Children
300 N. 18th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85006

Advance Registration: $50.00/training or $130.00 for all three trainings.
Day of training: $60.00/training or $160.00 for all three trainings.

Details at:

ThinkAsperger’s: An Overview of Asperger’s Disorder — 2/23

Monday, February 14th, 2011

ThinkAsperger’s: An Overview of Asperger’s Disorder, Early Warning Signs and Intervention

Presenter: Elena L. Pollard, MA

Research Coordinator, Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center

Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, 1-5pm
SARRC Main Campus for Exceptional Children
300 N. 18th Street, Phx, AZ 85006

Asperger’s Disorder (AD) is a lifelong disorder which symptoms can progressively worsen over time without early identification and proper treatment. Many individuals with AD have skills that make the disorder difficult to detect by current screening methods for autism. This hands-on training offers participants the opportunity to practice current intervention strategies for:

* Intervention strategies based on principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
* Social skills
* Conversation skills
* Classroom modifications
* Hidden Curriculum
* Social stories
* Emotion Regulation
* Teaching flexibility
* Vocational and Life skills training
* Gain valuable community resources for ongoing treatment and support

SEEDS for Autism Fundraiser — 4/9

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Climbing Above Challenges

WHEN: April 9th 2011, 7-10pm

WHERE: Phoenix Rock Gym – 1353 East University Drive, Tempe AZ. 85281

WHAT: Proceeds to benefit SEEDs For Autism, a vocational program for adults on the spectrum.

Cost: In advance $45.00 /Door $60.00

Pre-registration is advised to ensure your space!

Contact: Mary Ann LaRoche (602) 279-6702



Please join us for a night of fun at our first fundraising event hosted by The Phoenix Rock Gym! The Rock Gym is an amazing 3 story facility, with over 15,000 sq ft of climbing surfaces for climbers of all ages and experience levels. The Phoenix Rock Gym has generously donated their facility to host our Event! They will be keeping their staff of professional climbers on hand for the evening to teach and assist new climbers.

We will also have:

-Culinary stations featuring local, guest chefs

-Wine Tasting

-Silent auctions, with items donated by local merchants and fine art items donated by local artists.

-Raffle Items & Door Prizes

-The latest SEEDs products available or purchase!

-Live music ….and more!

SEEDs (Success through Education Exploration & Development) is a Phoenix based nonprofit, dedicated to assisting young adults on the autism spectrum learn vocational skills to make marketable products

Temple Grandin Lecture at ASU — 3/1

Monday, February 14th, 2011

“What Makes Us Human? Visual Thinking and Different Kinds of Minds”

– a lecture by

Temple Grandin Ph.D., Professor of Animal Science, Colorado State University

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

5:30p.m.(reception at 4:30)

Tickets are available for free online:

Please visit – – to request your tickets. Seating will be limited, and you must have a ticket to enter the lecture hall.

Please plan on arriving early as all ticketed seats will be released at 5:15 pm on March 1st.

Due to the anticipated response there will be two viewing locations: the main auditorium at Galvin Playhouse and a mediated overflow room at the Katzin Concert Hall. Request your tickets early to ensure your seat (limit 4 tickets per individual). Your viewing location (Galvin Playhouse or Katzin Concert Hall) will be reflected on your ticket and will depend upon the order of your request relative to others. All tickets will be first-come-first-serve general admission and bulk requests for tickets will not be available.

Tickets will be delivered by campus or US mail after February 14th.

Should you be unable to attend the lecture and you have already requested a ticket, please notify the IHR (so we may make those tickets available for others.

Autism Society of Greater Phoenix Monthly Meeting — 2/22

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Our monthly support meeting for January will be held on Tuesday, February 22nd at 7pm at Coco’s restaurant at Paradise Valley Mall.

Don’t forget the new format to our meetings:
6-7pm – Come and meet with the Parent Mentors and Kim Yamamoto, an educational advocate (This is for parents with a newly diagnosed child, questions about school, DDD/ALTCS, insurance, etc.) We would love to help you out!

7-8:30pm – Our regular meeting begins with guest speaker and questions with Parent Mentors after.

This month our guest speaker will be Dr. Daniel Openden, Ph.D., BCBA-D Vice President/Clinical Services Director of SARRC. He will be speaking about PRT and the options parents have available using this technique in their home

We invite everyone to come out and learn about PRT and how this technique can help your child.

Jane from Eco-life is also back in town with supplements to purchase/order, so be sure to come and sign up for this great discounted supplement resource!

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