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ASA’s Annual Family Support Picnic — 4/11

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

WHEN: Saturday, April 11th
TIME: 12:00 – 4:00 pm
WHERE: McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road at the 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). There are BBQ Grills and Covered Picnic Tables. Bathroom facilities are located nearby. 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, 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 Katie or at 602-295-8062 so we have enough food for everyone!

Teaching through Music — 4/25

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Through fun and interactive activities, participants will learn easy to implement strategies and examples of how music can be incorporated into any program in the home, school and community setting.Using applied behavior analysis (ABA) as a framework, participants will also learn how music can be a functional and motivating intervention to teach social, interpersonal, academic and language/communication skills as well as improve attention and participation.

This workshop is designed for parents, educators, therapists, habilitators and others working or living with preschool and school age children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).

When: Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: SARRC, 300 N. 18th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85006
Cost: $30.00
Presenter: Holly Sokol, M.Ed., MT-BC, Music Therapist **Deadline for registration is April 20th.
Web site:

Understanding and Supporting Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) in the School Setting — 4/17

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Understanding and Supporting Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) in the School Setting. This training is recommended for teachers, parents, professionals, habilitators, case workers and others working with children with ASDs in preschool or toddler programs. The workshop will include an overview of characteristics of ASDs, motivational strategies to support appropriate behavior and a framework for incorporating instructional strategies into the classroom setting. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance for professional development.

When: Friday, April 17, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
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ASA-GPC’s 10th Annual Autism/Asperger’s Conference — 4/4, 4/5

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

ASA-GPC’s 10th Annual Autism/Asperger’s Conference
April 4-5, 2009 · Glendale Community College

Don’t miss this exciting conference, with over twenty great speakers! Practical information for children and adults of all ages and abilities!

Financial aid is available for families with income under $40,000/year. For more information call Mylien at (480) 831-2047 or send her an email.


Saturday Keynote:
Translating Research into Effective Intervention Practices for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Diane Twachtman-Cullen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Sunday Keynote:
Navigating the Social World: Managing emotions and stress in students with Asperger’s Syndrome, high functioning autism, PDD-NOS, and related disorders, Jean McAfee, M.D.

Organized by:
Autism Society of America – Greater Phoenix Chapter

Sensory Friendly Films — 3/14, 4/4 & 4/18

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Movie “Race to Witch Mountain”
March 14, 2009 – 10 a.m.
Please note this is a re-make of the 1975 Disney film “Escape to Witch Mountain” and is rated PG.

Movie “Monsters vs. Aliens”
April 4, 2009 -10 a.m.

“Hannah Montana”
Saturday, April 18th, 2009, 2009, 10 a.m.

At the following Valley locations:

AMC Deer Valley 30
3033 West Agua Fria Freeway
Phoenix, AZ 85027

AMC Mesa Grand 24
1645 South Stapley Dr.
Mesa, AZ 85204

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

With Sensory Friendly Films, the movie auditoriums will have their lights brought up and the sound turned down. Additionally, audience members are welcome to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing. We’ll see you at the show!