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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Archive for the ‘Autism’ Category

Phoenix mom brings to life Sesame Street’s new Muppet with autism

Stacey Gordon knows how to get to Sesame Street. Gordon is the Phoenix mom/puppeteer behind Julia, the Muppet with autism who debuted on Sesame Street this spring. It’s a convergence of all her worlds as a professional puppeteer and the mother of a son with autism. “I cried when I read the script, because as […]

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Swim season brings drowning risks; Here’s how to keep kids safe

Swim season is here, and while it’s a favorite time for kids and families to start enjoying the Valley’s many pools and water parks, it’s also a time to be hyper-vigilant about water safety. Melissa Sutton, president of the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona, has comforted too many families who have lost loved ones to […]

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SARRC launches all-ages program to diagnose autism

Because there are still long waiting lists for autism evaluations in medical offices across the Valley, Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center has launched a new Diagnostic Services Program where skilled clinicians work with individuals of all ages to accurately diagnose or rule out autism spectrum disorder. SARRC’s licensed psychologists conduct most evaluations in one […]

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Asperger’s diagnosis at age 18 is life-changing — in a good way

For Niya Stephenson, what could have passed for adolescent angst was really much more. “I was getting pretty isolated. I was feeling pretty socially awkward,” she remembers. “My mom was worried I might not be able to face the world.” In her senior year at Desert Vista High School, Niya was diagnosed as having Asperger’s […]

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Water safety and autism

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Parents and caregivers must be vigilant whenever children are near pools, lakes and other water features. This is especially true when it comes to water safety and autism. Drowning is a leading cause of death for children or adults who have autism, according to Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. The […]

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Meet the authors of “In a Different Key: The Story of Autism”

Arizona parents can meet the authors of the groundbreaking new book, “In a Different Key: The Story of Autism,” from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 at Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix. The event is being hosted by Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) and its “sister” nonprofit First Place Transition Academy, a […]

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Sensory-friendly movies for kids and families

The house lights are brighter, the sound is lower and no one will raise an eyebrow if children walk around, dance, sing, talk or shout during the movie. These theaters offer monthly sensory-friendly movies for children whose challenges make the typical movie experience overwhelming. Dates and times are subject to change, so please verify screenings […]

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Transition expo looks ahead for children on the autism spectrum

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Families with children on the autism spectrum can glimpse what the future holds during the AZ ASSIST Transition Expo Tuesday, Sept. 29 in Peoria. The event will bring together 20 West Valley organizations that provide transition services related to postsecondary educational and vocational opportunities, employment skills and life skills along with the financial and legal […]

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New book explores autism and the extended family

An autism diagnosis is a traumatic event that can create challenges for a child’s immediate family. But what about the extended family—grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins? They are also affected and can struggle with their own feelings of frustration, helplessness and even grief. A new book scheduled for release June 1, 2015 serves as a […]

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Teen artist with autism exhibits works in Scottsdale

Artist with autism exhibits work in Scottsdale

Calvin Shin, a 19-year-old teen artist with autism, is exhibiting several of his works from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 24 in Scottsdale. Calvin’s father, Shawn Shin, describes his son as a “gifted artist.” But as a child, Calvin struggled to hold a pencil—he even went through a period during which he would break […]

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