Archive for the ‘2010-03(March)’ Category

Life Planning Workshop — 3/16/10

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

ABIL & The Cutty Legacy Foundation

Life Planning Workshop
by Margaret “Midge” White, M.Ed., CCD
The Cutty Legacy Foundation Administrator

Keith Lyman, Attorney at Law
Frazer, Ryan, Goldberg & Arnold

How to Provide for Your Family Member with a Disability: Overview of Wills and Trusts
Date: Tuesday, March 16th
Time: 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
Location: 5025 East Washington at ABIL
Classroom B, Second Floor
Disability Empowerment Center
Phoenix, AZ

To Sign up Please Call or e-mail at: David Carey 602-443-0723 or Margaret “Midge” White, or 480-730-4108, 480-844-7520. Workshop and “Life Planning” booklets are free but please call ahead so we have enough materials.

Free ABA Training in 2 Sessions — 3/20/10

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

St. Dominic Savio Academy (SDSA) is offering a Free ABA training that we hope to continue each month. Pass this on to anyone you know who would be interested!

When: Sat. March 20, 2010 at 12:30pm
(Two 1-hour sessions with a lunch break in between)
Where: SDSA campus at 1230 E. Guadalupe in Tempe
Requirements: Be ready to learn and participate. No previous education/training required.
Cost: FREE

Please RSVP by Wed., March 17, 2010

The training includes 2 Sessions (each 1 hour) with a lunch break in between. Stay for one or both! Please invite any family or friends who are interested in learning this great technique or who may work with your child in the future!

ABA has proved to be the most successful technique in teaching children with developmental delays such as Autism. Each session includes information on research-based procedures and hands-on practice. Professionals who have worked in various types of learning environments teach the training.

Hab will also be provided for those bringing children. Please notify SDSA how many children you are bringing when you RSVP.

Session I: Intro to ABA
In this session, you will learn what ABA is; why it is used; and how to use it. Hands-on practice will help anyone use these procedures in all types of settings. You can even motivate your spouse to do chores!

Session II: Correction Procedures
Go deeper into ABA and learn how to approach the learning environment so students never fail! This session is perfect for discrete trials and natural settings. (This session’s topic will change each month)

Corinna Siegler-Ndolo
Director, St. Dominic Savio Academy
(c) 602-821-9345

Special Day for Special Kids — 3/27

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Sponsored by:
_Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary Club
_Phoenix El Puente Rotary
_Scottsdale Unified School District Learning Classes
_Raising Special Kids

Saturday, March 27, 2010
10am – 2 pm
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, Scottsdale

Register on the day of the event.
Questions? Contact Dan McAuliffe 480-315-5216 or Al Chaves (En Espanol) 480-221-7259

McCormick – Stillman Railroad Park is located at the southeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Indian Bend Road, 1.7 miles west of the 101 Loop, exit Indian Bend.
Our address is 7301 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale, Arizona 85250

McCormick – Stillman Railroad Park esta localizado en la esquina sur este de Scottsdale Road y Indian Bend Road, 1.7 milas al oeste de la autopista 101 Loop, salida Indian Bend Rd.
La Direcion es 7301 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale, Arizona 85250

Sensory Friendly Films — 2/6, 3/20, 4/20/10

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

February 6th, 10am – The Tooth Fairy
March 20th, 10am – Diary of a Wimpy Kid
April 20th, 10am – How to Train Your Dragon

AMC Entertainment (AMC) and the Autism Society have teamed up to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities a special opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment on a monthly basis with the “Sensory Friendly Films” program. Details at:

11th Annual Greater Phoenix Autism/Asperger’s Conference — 3/26-3/27/10

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

The Autism Society of Greater Phoenix is proud to announce our 11th Annual Autism/Asperger’s Conference! Don’t miss this exciting conference, with over 30 great speakers and a variety of sessions designed for both parents and professionals.

11th Annual Autism Society of Greater Phoenix
Autism/Asperger’s Conference
March 26-27, 2010 · Phoenix, Arizona

Friday Keynote:
No More Meltdowns: Handling Challenging Behaviors and Teaching Social Skills – Jed Baker, Ph.D.
Students on the autism spectrum often present with difficulty regulating their feelings and interacting socially. This workshop describes how to handle meltdowns and design effective behavior plans to prevent these moments and reduce frustration and anxiety.

Jed Baker, Ph.D. is the director of the Social Skills Training Project, a private organization serving individuals with autism and social communication problems. He also directs social skills training for Millburn Public Schools in New Jersey. His work has also been featured on ABC World News, Nightline, the CBS Early Show, and the Discovery Health Channel. He is an award winning author of five books:
* Social Skills Training for Children and Adolescents with Aspergers Syndrome and Social Communication Problems
* Preparing for Life: The Complete Handbook for the Transition to Adulthood for Those with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome
* The Social Skills Picture Book
* The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond
* No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-of-Control Behavior

Saturday Keynote:
Raising Temple Grandin: Personal and Historical Reflections – Eustacia Cutler
Eustacia Cutler will describe raising her daughter Temple in the conservative “Leave-it-to-Beaver” world of the fifties, a time when little was known about autism (then called “infant schizophrenia”) and children like Temple were banished to institutions. She will cover some of her own life experiences, fighting to hang onto hope in the face of a complicated family battle. She will also explore the main stumbling blocks of autism as she has learned them from doctors. How, to a minor degree, traces of its characteristics are in us all.

Eustacia Cutler is the author of “A Thorn in My Pocket” which describes the challenges raising a child with autism. She has written school lessons for major TV networks, researched and scripted the TV documentary THE DISQUIETED (on autism), researched and contributed script to THE INNOCENTS, a documentary prize winning first on retardation. She has three other children and five grandsons.

Other Conference Highlights:
* Successfully Mainstreaming Children with Autism – Sheri Bowes, MOT, OTR/L
* Floortime and Play Strategies – Lori Lichte-Brill Psy.D.
* Sensory Integration – Heidi Bonaroti, OTR/L
* Overview of Biomedical Treatments for Autism – James B. Adams, Ph.D.

We hope you will consider attending the conference. More details at: