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AUTISM INSURANCE BILL — Autism Community Meeting, 12/5

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Please attend an urgent autism community meeting on December 5 from 6-8 PM.

This informational meeting will provide an overview of the drafted Arizona Autism Insurance Bill and provide an opportunity for the autism community to formulate a strategy. This draft bill would require some private insurance coverage for individuals diagnosed with Autistic Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified.

2375 E. Camelback Rd.
Suite 400
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(Parking instructions will follow)

Meeting Agenda:
– 6:00-6:15 Introductions from hosts
– 6:15-7:00 Tim Schmaltz, Coordinator/CEO of Protecting Arizona ’s Family Coalition (PAFCO) will be presenting on the Do’s and Don’ts of advocacy (i.e. how to contact your local government representatives, letter-writing, etc.)
– 7:00-8:00 Update on insurance bill, Arizona bill provisions, strategy, next steps

Please forward to anyone who may be interested in getting this insurance bill passed. We MUST have parent and community support in order to make this happen in 2008!

Meeting Hosted By Several Autism Community Organizations Including:
Arizona Autism Coalition, Arizona Autism Support, Autism Society of America, Phoenix Valley Parents Autism Group, S.A.N.E.

3-day comprehensive workshop on teaching children with autism — 12/10-12/12

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Behavior Analysts, Inc.
Announces an Arizona comprehensive workshop for parents and professionals


James W. Partington, Ph.D., BCBA
Teach Your Children Well With Verbal Behavior Methodology
(A Three Day Workshop)
Mesa Convention Center
263 N. Center Street
Mesa, Arizona 85201

December 10th-12th, 2007

Behavior Analysts, Inc. has partnered with the H.O.P.E. Group LLC to provide this training opportunity to educators, parents and other practitioners in Arizona on December 10th-12th, 2007 at the Mesa Convention Center. Dr. James Partington will be presenting a 3-day comprehensive series on teaching children with autism.

This training is designed to cover all aspects of teaching skills using verbal behavior methodology in the school and home settings. Participants will learn strategies for teaching children with autism using the methodology of ABA with Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior. Information regarding program development utilizing The ABLLS-R, natural environment teaching, and solving challenging behaviors will also be presented.

Detailed information on this workshop is attached. Registration is accepted on a first come first serve basis. We hope to see you there.

Your Presenter:

Dr. James Partington, Ph.D., BCBA, owner of Behavior Analysts Inc. and the STARS School in Pleasant Hill, California is a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with more than 35 years of experience. He is the co-author of Teaching Language to Children with Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities and author of the revised edition of The Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills- Revised (ABLLS-R) and Web-ABLLS. Dr. Partington also provides extensive training opportunities, consultation services, workshops, STARS model classrooms and clinical services for children and families. The workshops he presents are based on his research and findings, within the field of applied behavior analysis, utilizing the conceptual framework of verbal behavior as developed by BF Skinner in 1957. Parents, families, early intervention programs, preschool programs and school districts benefit from his trainings across the country and abroad.

Cost: $350.00 per person

On-line registration:

For additional information please e-mail: Lisa Squadere-Watson The workshops will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You will receive confirmation of your registration. Cancellations made within 10 days of the workshop will result in a full refund. Cancellations made after that date are not eligible for a refund.

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