Archive for the ‘2008-09(September)’ Category

ASA & AMC Sensory Friendly Films: IGOR — 9/20

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Saturday, September 20th at 10am – 2 Valley Locations!

AMC Entertainment (AMC) and ASA have teamed up to begin testing a pilot program to bring families affected by autism a special opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment on a monthly basis.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased on the day of the event. The showings are at AMC Deer Valley 30 in Phoenix and AMC Mesa Grand 24 in Mesa. More information or the details go to:

New Biomedical Support Group meeting — 9/9

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

ABC is an East Valley support group for parents who are using or are interested in learning more about biomedical interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Meetings will include information to reduce toxins, address GI function and improve the nutrition and health of children with autism. Come and share resources, recipes and research updates. This group promotes learning and discussion of improving children’s outcomes. We exist to share options with parents and we desire to establish a supportive community for parents using any type of biomedical interventions.

Please visit the website or you can email Jennifer and Melissa at for more information.

First meeting is this Tuesday, September 9th @7pm.

Conference on How To Create A Healthy Home — 9/12

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

Friday Sept 12, 2008 7pm-9pm
Cost: $5.00
Location: 9812 N. 36th St. Phoenix, Az 85028 (36th St/Shea)
What to bring: A fold out chair (or two) as seating is limited and this will ensure you have a seat.

All welcome, but please send an email indicating how many will be attending if you have not already. Thanks.


Vicki is a Bio-Biologist who has been doing this for over 20+ years. She said she will present on “Creating a Sleeping Sanctuary” and “Creating A Healthy Home” on economical and easy steps to remove external toxins from a bedroom to provide your body the best opportunity to rejuvenate and rest in order to have a strong immune system and allow treatments to be their most effective. The focus will be on what you can do today to improve your indoor environment.

For more information on this topic, please visit: – to see a video clip of her speaking about electormagnetic pollution – her non-profit organization

Bridging the Gap — 9/15

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Marti Baio, owner and SLP at Baio Enterprises, and myself, an OT and aspie, have started a group called Bridging the Gap. We meet monthly at Baio Enterprises in Mesa (1745 S. Alma School, Suite 145). It is open to adults on the spectrum, their family, partners, and spouses. It is a support group with the intention of helping bridge the gap in communication between those on the spectrum and those who are not, bringing them together through improved understanding of our differences. We have many couples who come. The feedback has been extremely positive. Our next meeting is September 15th, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.


Susan J. Golubock, M.Ed., OTR/L

2nd Annual Poker Run — 9/14

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

2nd Annual Poker Run
Sunday, September 14th, 2008

The Modified Motorcycle Association of Arizona Westsiders present the 2nd Annual Poker Run to Benefit Autistic Children. Finish is at the Tin Top Bar and Grill on Wintersburg Road in Tonopah, AZ.

More details at:

Autism/Asperger’s Conference — 9/26-9/27

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Autism/ Aspergers Conference @ ASU-West, Glendale AZ

Friday Sept. 26
8:45 Keynote: You’re Going To Love This Kid: Teaching Students with Autism In Inclusive Schools – Paula Kluth, Ph.D.

Saturday Sept. 27
8:45 Keynote: The Social Impairment and Social Solutions in Autism Spectrum Disorders – Carol Gray

More information is at:

SARRC Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) — 9/15

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

This workshop is designed for parents and professionals working with young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Daniel Openden, Ph.D., BCBA, SARRC’s clinical services director, will describe the development and implementation of Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT), an evidence-based intervention for teaching children with autism. PRT is a family-centered approach that may be implemented throughout the day and across natural environments such as in the home, at school or in the community. Dr. Openden will discuss procedures for improving the pivotal response of motivation to produce generalized improvements in language and social skills and reductions in disruptive behaviors. Video examples will be used to illustrate how professionals can implement the procedures throughout the day and across settings. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance for professional development.

Daniel Openden, Ph.D., BCBA
Clinical Services Director, SARRC
Where: SARRC, 300 N. 18th Street, Phoenix
When: Monday, September 15, 2008
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: No Fee, at this time.

For more information about SARRC, call (602) 340-8717

SARRC Promoting Verbal Lang. & Social Development — 9/26

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

This training is based on the principles of the Walden Early Childhood Program, which is recognized as a best-practices preschool intervention model by the National Research Council. The classroom model targets young children with autism blending inclusive center-based intervention with home-based treatment by parents.

Dr. McGee is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Emory Autism Center at the Emory University School of Medicine.

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance for professional development.

Where: Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center
300 N. 18th Street, Phoenix, 85006
(602) 340-8717

Date: Friday, September 26, 2008, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $70/person, Lunch is not included.

Space is limited, register early!
Register: Please call SARRC’s Workshop
Registration Line (480) 603-3284 for credit card or purchase order registrations.