Archive for the ‘2009-02(February)’ Category

ASA-GPC/ROK Support Meeting — 2/24/09

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

6:30-8:30 pm – Support Meeting

7:00 pm – Main Speaker: Dr. Bacon, Vision Therapist

Dr. Bacon has been in the private practice of optometry in Arizona since 1984. He is currently co-owner of Family Optometry in Chandler, Arizona. This practice provides all aspects of vision care with a special emphasis on children’s vision, visual development, and vision-related learning disabilities. Dr. Bacon also has an extensive background in therapeutic contact lens care.

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

Autism Workshop: Finding, Funding & Keeping the Services Your DDD Child Needs — 2/21/09

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

DATE: Saturday, February 21, 2009
TIME: 8:30am – 5:00pm
LOCATION: Scottsdale Bible Church,
7601 Shea Boulevard, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Part 1: Medicaid, EPSDT and Wraparound services
Learn how successful therapies for DDD children in Arizona can become available at no cost to parents (regardless of family income) to help reduce or eliminate symptoms and challenging behaviors.

Part 2: How to Get the AHCCCS Health Care Services Your Child Needs
Learn how to navigate the ALTCS health care maze, including what to do if you are facing the appeals process for a denial, reduction or termination.

Part 3: Excellent Behavioral Support for Children in their Schools and Homes
EPSDT & BHRS Funding will be thoroughly explained. You will learn how to write individualized treatment plans so that “Medical Necessity” is established, how to access Medicaid funding for BHRS via the EPSDT mandate and how to keep your funding until the treatment plan is finished(without having to water-down treatment).

Fee: $30 ($40 after February 10th)

Note: Due to our difficult economic times, ASA-GPC has elected to underwrite a majority of the original $150 fee with the generous help of both the Scottsdale Bible Church and our speakers. Financial aid is available for low income families.


Autism Artisans Ceramics Classes — 2/21/09, 3/7/09

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

The Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) is proud to present Autism Artisans. This series of art workshops will expose emerging and established artists with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) ages 13 and older to a variety of art mediums.

When: Saturday, February 21, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., Ceramics Class Part 1
Saturday, March 7, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., Ceramics Class Part 2
Where: Devereux, 6436 East Sweetwater Avenue, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Instructor: Kimberly Harris, Ceramic Artist
Cost: $20 per class

Introductory training on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) — 2/28/09

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

This ABA Training class offered by Arizona Autism United is recommended for all habilitators of children with autism. The class discusses the common features and needs of children on the autism spectrum and strategies for success to teach new skills and increase positive behaviors.

What topics are covered in the class?
The class contains an overview of autism and terms, techniques and concepts of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) when used to teach individuals on the autism spectrum. These include Antecedent-Behavior-Consequence, Shaping, Extinction, Differential Reinforcement, Prompting, Fading, Generalization, Maintenance, Discrete Trial Teaching, and Natural Environment Teaching. The class includes an interactive presentation with breakout group activities, video examples and a competency exam.

How much does this class cost?
This class is free for employees of AZA United and parents of children with autism. The cost for all others to attend is $25 per person. Space is limited. To register, please see the information below.

Upcoming Schedule:
Saturday • February 28th • 9:00 am to 5:00 pm • AZA United main office
5025 E Washington St, Suite 212, Phoenix, AZ 85034 • (602) 773-5773

Special Needs Soccer in East Valley — Jan-March

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Big League Dreams indoor-soccer facility in Gilbert.
4536 East Elliot Road Gilbert, Az. 85234 480-813-1270 (Just west of Power Road)

Please let any TOPSoccer players know about this event. If you are a TOPSoccer parent/player, can you please let me know if you will be participating. Contact me at . I would like to know the age and a little about your child/player. I wish to have my “buddies” prepared for the amount of players that will attend. Thanks!

As always, I am looking for “Buddies” as well….volunteers to help out with my TOPSoccer players. Please register with me at if you wish to help.

AYSA will also be taking in registration for TOPSoccer players at this time, for the Spring session.

Registration for Spring session is only $20 per player. This fee covers the registration and 6 scheduled playdates that AYSA will be holding in Spring, 1-player tshirt, at least 1-medal, and a lot of FUN!!!

I will have the dates for the Spring Session posted on the TOPSoccer site as soon as we get confirmation.

It will start late January and end in late March or early April.
For more information, just contact me at or call me (David Cruz) at 817-880-4734.

David Cruz
AYSA Vice President of Recreation Development
AYSA TOPSoccer Chairman