Archive for the ‘2008-04(April)’ Category

ASU Autism Asperger Organization Movie Night – 4/23

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

“Mozart and the Whale”
A love story about two adults with Autism/Asperger’s. Based on a True Story. Sponsored be the ASU Autism Asperger Organization

Admission is FREE! Open to the public welcoming ASU students and non-students.
Date: April 23, 2008
Time: 6:00pm- 9:00pm
– Reception at 6:00-7:00pm with snacks
– Special introduction at 6:45pm with Jerry and Mary Newport, whom the movie is based on
– Showing of Mozart and the Whale 7:00pm
– Movie length about 1 ½ hours long
– *Drawing for prizes will take place after the movie
Location: ASU Tempe campus in the Murdock 201 building near the Memorial Union

**If a donation is made you will be put into a drawing for a chance to win some PRIZES!!!**

See you there! Please RSVP or if you have any questions to Kristina at

ASA-Greater Phoenix Chapter Monthly Support Meeting – 4/9

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

Wednesday, April 9th
* 6:30-7:15 pm – Support Meeting plus a New Parent Breakout Session: “Overview of Autism” – Jim Adams

* 7:30pm – Sibling Support Groups with Jill Castle from Raising Special Kids

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

Pump It Up Family Nights – 4/22

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Announcing the ASA-Greater Phoenix Chapter’s Quarterly Pump It Up Family Nights at all Metro Phoenix Pump It Up locations: Peoria, Arrowhead, North Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe

Bring your kids to an ASA-Greater Phoenix Pump it up party! All jumpers including parents assisting must wear socks. No socks, No jump. Socks are available for purchase if you do forget them!!! At least one parent/adult must assist each child. We will have both rooms open and divide the children by ages: 5 & Under and 6 & Older.

This is a great time to meet new parents and connect with those you know. Feel free to invite and watch (and RSVP) your children’s friends, siblings, cousins, etc.

Tuesday, April 22nd from 6:00-7:30 pm

$7 per child (parents are free)

Please RSVP with the number of children that will be attending by April 19th. It is important that you RSVP for this event! We cannot guarantee your spot if you do not RSVP as required. Families with a reservation will be able to attend. There are no guarantees for attendance without RSVP. Find the location you want to attend and RSVP to the volunteer parent for that location!

Note: If we do not have a minimum of 10 people we will cancel the event for that location.

Please help us plan and make this a fun time for all that wish to attend! For more details, Click here


Monday, March 31st, 2008

April 26, 2008 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Health Sciences, Saguaro Room A
Mesa, Arizona

Who should attend?
PT’s, OT’s, SLP’s, DSI’s, and anyone interested in taking a closer look at development in the first year of life.

This seminar will present the foundational sensory motor skills that develop during prenatal and neonatal time periods. Five key principles will be discussed for building a solid sensory motor foundation. This information can be applied to create environments that will enhance children’s development. Considerations in building these environments include lighting, sound, play surfaces, and toys. While the focus will be on babies in the first year of life, the principles are applicable to older children as well. The practical activities can also be used to enhance the bonding process between parent and child.

NOTE: Although the focus is the first year of life, the principles apply to children of all ages.

Click here here for more details.

ABA Training: Evidence-Based Interventions for Supporting Individuals with ASDs – 4/4, 5/2, 5/19

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

SARRC is expanding its applied behavior analysis (ABA) training to include three workshops created specifically for parents, habilitators and professionals working with individuals with ASDs. Participants will learn evidence-based strategies for supporting individuals of all ages with varying levels of ability. Participants will also learn valuable information about communication skills, positive behavior support, how to structure the environment and reinforcement procedures. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance for professional development.

Where: SARRC, 300 N. 18th Street, Phoenix When: Introduction to ABA: Friday, April 4; Advanced ABA: Friday, May 2; Decreasing Problem Behaviors and Increasing Appropriate Social Skills: Monday, May 19
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $40/session or $100 for all three sessions. *Discounts are available for groups of five or more.

To register, please contact Karen Schultz of SARRC at (602) 340-8717.

Session 1: Introduction to ABA – Friday, April 4
This training will cover the basic components of ABA, including the ABCs of behavior, reinforcement and prompting strategies and the importance of understanding typical child development for designing effective interventions.

Session 2: Advanced ABA – Friday, May 2
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).

Session 3: Decreasing Problem Behaviors and Increasing
Appropriate Social Skills – Monday, May 19
Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBSs) 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 structured interviews, observation techniques and data collection procedures necessary for successful assessments. Practice exercises also will be conducted to assist participants in the development and implementation of behavior support strategies.

Imaginative Play: Engage Your Child with ASD Using Fun, Creative Play – 4/11

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Learn practical ways to use imaginative play to help children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) develop creative and interactive play skills. Designed for parents/caregivers of children age 6 or younger, this three-hour workshop uses interactive hands-on activities to teach fun and silly ways to explore play with young children. Join us in comfortable clothes for either the morning or afternoon session, ready to learn and play.

Where: SARRC, 300 N. 18th Street, Phoenix

When: Friday, April 11
Time: 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m.
Cost: $25/person *This workshop is designed for adults only. Childcare is not provided.

To register, please contact Karen Schultz of SARRC at (602) 340-8717. Space is limited and morning or afternoon workshop selections are processed on a first-call basis. Register by Friday, April 4 if you would like to attend.

ASA-Phoenix Annual Family Support Picnic – 4/12

Friday, March 14th, 2008

WHEN: Saturday, April 12th

WHERE: McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road (Scottsdale & Indian Bend)

TIME: 12:00 – 4:00 pm

LOCATION: Papago Ramada (South End of the Park past the Tunnel)

ASA-Greater Phoenix will be providing GFCF Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, condiments, and paper products (plates, napkins, utensils). The Ramada has been paid for by Little Chops (Steve & Krista Schwartz). There are BBQ Grills and Covered Picnic Tables. Bathroom facilities are located nearby for your convenience. There will be BOUNCERS and other fun activities for the kids as well as the train and carousel! This is a wonderful opportunity for our families to get together and socialize as well as network with other autism families in their communities!

We are asking families to bring an item to share by last name:

A-H: Drinks (Water/Juice/Soda) with a cooler to store them in

I-Q: Desserts

R-Z: Side Dishes

We encourage you to bring a GFCF or special diet item to share if your family follows one!

Please RSVP by April 1st to Shelly at or at (480) 940-1093 so we have enough food for everyone!

Understanding and Supporting Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the School Setting — 2/23, 3/15, 4/26, 5/10, 6/7

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

This workshop is designed for professionals working with children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in a preschool or toddler program. The training will also include an overview of ASD characteristics, motivational strategies to support appropriate behavior, and a framework for incorporating instructional strategies into the classroom. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance for six hours of professional development.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Place: SARRC
Cost: No Fee
To register, please contact Karen Schultz at (602) 218-8220.
Note: February training will be held at Northern Arizona University, Student Union, Havasupai Room, from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.