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COCO’s meeting – insurance coverage for ABA, HBOT on 11/27

Monday, November 26th, 2007

Come join us at the November Mom’s Meeting at Coco’s on November 27th. All parents (Dad’ s too!) are welcome. We will be presenting information on the possible legislation that will get ABA covered by medical insurance. We will also be discussing the 14 states that cover experimental treatments for autism through Medicaid and the possibility of creating this coverage in Arizona. We plan on discussing dietary interventions, as well. Please come this your input and questions. We are looking forward to a lively discussion.

4th Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8:30 at:

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

We meet in the back room. For questions please contact Cynthia Macluskie at

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Visual Support Systems Workshop – 10/6, 10/17, 10/27, 11/10

Monday, October 1st, 2007

During the workshop we will provide demonstrations of how to make and implement visual schedules, token boards, PECS systems and other visual supports. We will answer questions about using visual supports and help you make a visual support for your child to take home with you. So come have fun and see how visuals can make life easier!

Cost: FREE to Member families and employees of AZA United! $10 materials fee for all others.

Upcoming Workshop Dates:

North West: Saturday, October 6, 10:00 AM ‐ 12:00 PM
New Life Community Church, 8155 W Thunderbird Rd, Peoria, AZ 85381

South East: Wednesday, October 17, 6:30 PM ‐ 8:30 PM
Carol Rae Ranch Elementary School, 3777 E Houston Ave, Gilbert, AZ 85234

North East: Saturday, October 27, 10:00 AM ‐ 12:00 PM
Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

South West: Saturday, November 10, 1:30 PM ‐ 3:30 PM
Caesar Chavez Library, 3635 W Baseline Rd, Laveen, AZ 85339

Space is limited! To sign up, please call (480) 820‐2924 or email us at

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.

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

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