Archive for the ‘2007-02(February)’ Category

IEP (Individualized Education Program) Workshop, 2/28

Monday, February 26th, 2007

Special Education Parents Advisory Council of Scottsdale IEP Workshop
Wednesday, February 28th
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Advocating for your child’s educational needs
– Discuss concerns and clarify needs
– Examine documentation
– Explore possible options for solutions
– Prioritize and strategize next steps
Bring your questions for a small group workshop with IEP experts: Kim Yamamoto and Jill Pearns, Raising Special Kids and Barb Ross, Parent Information Network
Zuni Elementary School Cafeteria
9181 E. Redfield Road, Scottsdale
From the North: At 92nd Street & Raintree, go south to the school on southwest corner of 92nd & Redfield.
From the South: At 94th Street & Cactus, go north to Thunderbird, and turn left (west).
At 92nd St., turn right (north) to the school on southwest corner of 92nd & Redfield. To get to the school cafeteria, enter the gated area downhill and to the south of the main school entrance. Turn to your left and look for the double doors.
Child care assistance may be provided by the Chaparral High School Service Learning class. Please call Dru at 480-513-7012 to confirm. For more information, contact Dru Bloomfield at 480-513-7012 or The Scottsdale Unified School District neither endorses nor sponsors the organization or activity represented in this material. The distribution or display of this material is provided as a community service.


Coco’s meeting on 4th Tuesdays of the month

Monday, February 26th, 2007

The meeting is held at CoCo’s on the 4th Tuesday of each month. The times are 6pm to 9pm and the meetings are open only to members of the groups. Please do not bring food into CoCo’s and you are required to buy a meal or a desert. Dinner is $12 or dessert is $7.

Location: Coco’s at 4514 E Cactus Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85032-7702

— January-Dr. Doris Rapp (Details:
FREE Seminar
January 23, 2007
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Coco’s Restaurant (Conference Room) at Paradise Valley Mall
4514 E. Cactus Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85032-7702
Doris J.. Rapp, MD. F.A.A.A., F.A.A.P. is a national expert on environmental toxins, and author of “Our Toxic World – A Wake Up Call” as well as the New York Times best selling book, “Is This Your Child’s World”. She is a board-certified environmental medical specialist and pediatric allergist. Through education and research, Dr. Doris J. Rapp has dedicated her life to understanding the environmental factors that can affect our quality of life. Her dedication to educate others has been heard in lectures through out the country, and seen publicly on shows such as: Larry King Live, Oprah, Montel, Maury Povich, ABC Nightline, Phil Donahue, and Debra Duncan. Dr. Rapp has made many appearances in various parts of the Valley and they tend to be standing room only. Some of the topics she has discussed are:
– How common household chemicals can affect us, why so many children today have learning difficulties and what we can do about it.
– Why are we seeing so much cancer, memory, and behavior problems today in children and adults?
– What should you ask before you put your child on Ritalin?
– Why and How to protect your home town from pesticide spraying and other chemical pollution
Please invite anyone you may think of to attend this FREE seminar she will be doing for our group. I know I personally am inviting the Director of my son’s school, his teacher, OT, and Speech Therapist as they all have contact with children and can benefit from the information she has to offer. I have heard her speak several times and every time I listen, I learn something new. — Becky)

— February-OT.PT
This Tuesday Coco’s meeting at 6:30pm. Bev is fantastic. She spoke last year and we all loved her. She had great ideas for our kids.
Bio: Bev Sector, MOTR/L has over 20 years experience as an occupational therapist in a variety of pediatric settings. She uses primarily CCDT (Chronolgocially Controlled Developmental Thearpy) and SI (Sensory Integration) techniques in her practice. Currently she is working at Therapy for Developmental Disabilities and consults with Apache Junction early intervention program.
Program Summary: One hour presentation will provide a brief over-veiw of the importance of a sensory motor foundation,figure drawings as an informal evaluation, how modern day life provides obstacles to developing a strong foundation, and ways to create an enviornment to enhance your child’s development. Deep pressure technique used to improve deep pressure processing as part of CCDT program will be discussed and taught.

— March-Dr. Woeller
Come one and all to hear Dr. Woeller speak. He is a medical doctor who specializes in DAN and other autism treatments. He is very open minded and well read and has a lot to teach us all. He is located in California but sees many of the kiddos in the valley. I have only wonderful things to say about him and grateful that he is willing to travel at no charge to share his wisdom.
-6:00 to meet and greet
-6:30 meeting to start

For more details please contact

Habilitators Training courtesy of GALA, 2/17-2/18

Friday, February 9th, 2007

GALA Human Service Cooperative will be hosting another Paid Training class for Arizona Habilitators of children with Autism on February 17 & 18 (Saturday/Sunday) , from 10 am to 3 pm each day. Feel free to forward this to ANY family or habilitator who might be interested! It is not necessary to be an employee of GALA HSC to participate.

For questions or to sign up, please call our office at: 480-820-2924

Tot’s Music Group – 2/06 to 3/06

Thursday, February 1st, 2007

Tunes for Tots is an early childhood developmental music group for typical, at-risk and diagnosed children at the developmental level of 2-3 years. Directed and facilitated by a board-certified music therapist. uses music to address various developmental areas. Activities such as instrument playing, movement to music, musical games and singing will help your child increase his/her attention span, learn new concepts, develop appropriate social skills, increase speech and language, as well as strengthen gross and fine motor skills.

Schedule: occurs in 8-week sessions, with a new theme each 8 weeks.
Date/Time: Tuesdays, 10:00am starting in February
Cost: $125 per 8-week session.
Payment plans are available but must be prearranged.
To Register: Call S.E.E.K. Arizona at 480-902-0771
Location: S.E.E.K. Arizona, 1830 S Alma School Rd. Suite 130 in Mesa
Special Note: *All children must be accompanied by an adult*

Autism Society of America – Greater Phoenix Chapter

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

Support Group Meeting – Tuesday, February 20th

6:30-7:15 pm – Support Meeting & Open Discussion with Light Refreshments

Plus a Breakout Session: New Parent Session #2: “What DDD Services are available and how to get them.”

7:30 pm – Main Speaker: Elaine Berkley, “Preparing for your IEP

Meetings are held at:

ACCEL School
10251 North 35th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85051

For directions and parking information, see our website at

The general public is invited to attend. There is no admission charge for the meeting. ASA-GPC encourages members to invite other parents, family members, friends, teachers, professionals, and agency staff who are interested in the education, care, and welfare of children and adults with autism.

We are happy to provide free childcare for children with autism and their siblings during our Chapter Meetings. Trained respite providers will be provided. Pre-registration is very important to ensure that there is adequate staffing for the safety of every child.

Please R.S.V.P. by calling (480) 940-1093 or via email at if you are bringing your child/ren.

David Kirby to speak Saturday, 2/17

Friday, January 19th, 2007

David Kirby the author of EVIDENCE OF HARM, will be the featured speaker at the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine at the Tempe Mission Palms on Saturday morning 8 to 10 am, February 17, 2007. This session will be open to the general public for a fee of $25.00. Saturday evening will be a two hour ‘MEET THE AUTHOR” session with a cash bar available and the general public will be invited for free. Click here for more details.

Richard Louv Lecture, 2/15

Friday, January 19th, 2007

Presented by The Phoenix Zoo

When: Feb. 15, from 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix

Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, will speak about the transformation in the relationship between children and nature, and how society is teaching young people to avoid direct experience in nature. This unintentional message is delivered by schools, families and the community. Louv will also talk about the exciting, new body of scientific evidence demonstrating just how important direct contact with the outdoors is to healthy child development, touching on ADHD, child obesity, stress, creativity and cognitive functioning. Louv’s presentation will include practical suggestions for action to help children interact with the natural environment. Children’s activities and a book signing will happen before the lecture. SARRC staff will provide childcare from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Phoenix Zoo for parents who attend the presentation. Space is limited. Please contact Vanessa Flores at (602) 218-8172 or if you would like to attend. The cost is $25 for adults and $5 for children.

Logerquist Excellent Attitude Program (LEAP) program, 2/13 to 4/3

Friday, January 19th, 2007

L.E.A.P. Schedule Spring 2007
Sally J. Logerquist, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist

Tuesday Evenings for 8 weeks
February 13th to April 3rd

Group 1 – age 7-9, 5:30 to 6:30
Group 2 – age 10-13, 6:30 to 7:30 pm

Location of sessions:
8687 E. Via de Ventura Suite 113, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Southwest corner of Via de Ventura and Via de Negocio.

Contact (480) 443-1133 or Click here for more details.

For Our Eyes Art Exhibit, 12/06 – 3/07

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

ASU’s College of Public Programs recently invited SARRC to join in their inaugural For Our Eyes art exhibit at the downtown campus. Artwork includes photos by SARRC grandparent volunteer Kathi Buss; drawings by Brian Hebert from SARRC’s Community School; ceramic tiles created by Jennifer Espinoza, Instructional Specialist at SARRC; and an acrylic painting by William Kirwan, an 18-year-old with autism. John Micsko, a 17-year-old with autism, is also exhibiting select works from his Alion series and a pen drawing. The goal of the art exhibition is to provide a glimpse of the issues confronted daily by the social services agencies and nonprofits in the downtown Phoenix community.

When: December – March, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday

Where: ASU’s College of Public Programs, 411 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

Autism Activities/Events!

Tuesday, October 10th, 2006

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