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Zoo Walk for Autism Research – 9/29

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

Schedule for Saturday

6:45 am Registration Begins
8:00 am Walk Opens
9:00 am Walk Ends

Walkers can stay at the zoo the entire day!

Have a fun time strolling around the zoo with your family and friends, seeing lions, tigers, giraffes, elephants, monkeys, bears, tortoises, and more!

The Phoenix Zoo is located at 455 N. Galvin Parkway in Papago Park in Phoenix. 

Parking:  Free parking is available at the Zoo. Due to large turnout, carpooling is advised if possible. 

For details go to:

ASA-GPC Monthly Support Meetings – 9/12, 10/10, 11/14

Monday, September 10th, 2007

Fall 2007 Schedule:

Wednesday, September 12th

6:30-7:15 pm – General Support Meeting
Plus a Breakout Session for New Parents:
“Overview of Autism” – James Adams, PhD

7:30pm – “Parent Success Stories… All Abilities”… Parents are invited to share their child’s successes and accomplishments!

Wednesday, October 10th

6:30-7:15 pm – General Support Meeting
Plus a Breakout Session for New Parents:
“Basics of ABA”
– Presented by Play-ABA

7:30pm – Main Session:
“Autism & the Environment
and Helpful Resources”

Sharon McDonough-Means, MD FAAP

(contact email)

Wednesday, November 14th

6:30-7:15 pm – General Support Meeting
Plus a Breakout Session for New Parents:
“What DDD services are available and how to get them.”
Tracy Stewart, Affinity Family Care

7:30pm – Main Session:
“Social Communications Groups for Teens”

Marti Baio, M.A., CCC-SLP & Teen Panel


Our monthly support meetings
have moved…


2nd Wednesdays
of the month

6:30-8:30 PM


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

Our meeting format will stay the same, with a breakout session for new parents and national and/or local speakers during the main session.

The ASA-GPC will be providing light refreshments during the meetings. Parents may order their own dinners from the restaurant menu if they so choose, but there is no requirement to do so. The general public is always invited to attend and there is no admission charge.

Unfortunately, due to the change in location, we will no longer be able to provide childcare at our chapter meetings. We would like to thank The Loden Group, Betsy Strong, Aubrey Warner and Hallie Jones for providing childcare at our past meetings.

For information about the meetings or directions, please contact our Outreach Coordinator, Shelly Cordova.

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

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