Monday, February 16, 2009

Upcoming Events on the Calendar

NEW... West Side Autism Support Group
Wednesday, February 18th from 6:30-8:30 pm

Parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (autism, asperger's, PDD-NOS) are invited to come to a meeting of this new group. The initial meeting is sponsored by the Autism Society of America - Greater Phoenix Chapter (ASA-GPC), since we have had many requests from parents in the West Side of Greater Phoenix to help form a new group there.

The meeting will be led by James Adams, Ph.D., President of the ASA-GPC, and autism researcher at ASU. The meeting is open to all parents, professionals, and adults on the spectrum. The event is free, and snacks will be provided.

Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Wee Care Corp., 12409 W. Indian School Rd. #C306, Avondale, Arizona 85396
(East of Dysart on Indian School in the Indian School Crossings Building on the south side of the road.)

Please RSVP: 480-940-1093 or (so we know how much food to bring)

Finding, Funding & Keeping the Services
Your DDD Child Needs

Three Session Workshop • Saturday, February 21, 2009

1) Medicaid, EPSDT & Wraparound
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.

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.

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).

More information & to register...

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

Saturday Keynote: Translating Research into Effective Intervention Practices for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Diane Twachtman-Cullen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP. The explosion in high-quality research has yielded findings that directly relate to intervention practices that spell success for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This presentation will address the latest research findings into brain function that directly relate to the educational programming needs of individuals with ASD. Practical in focus, the presenter will "connect the research dots" to create intervention plans that attendees can readily apply in the home and school setting.

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. Jeanie McAfee, M.D., will introduce the step-by-step emotional skills and stress management programs presented in her internationally acclaimed book, Navigating the Social World. Attendees will learn to use elements of cognitive behavioral therapy, applied behavioral therapy, and other techniques to help individuals with high functioning autism and related disorders to identify and deal with stress, anger, and other emotions.

More details & information or download a brochure.

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