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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Posts Tagged ‘autism’

PHOENIX – Zoo Walk for Autism Research

All ages. Proceeds benefit Arizona State University’s Autism/Asperger’s Research Program. 6:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. $25; $15 teens; free for ages 12 and younger; includes zoo admission. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. 480-831-2047 or zoowalk.org.

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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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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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Special-needs melt down? Show compassion, not judgment

“A little support goes a long way.” — Amy Kenzer, vice president and clinical-services director at Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center in Phoenix. Picture yourself on an airplane, seated next to a screaming toddler. We’re talking a full-throttle kicking, screaming terror. He’s banged your seat, interrupted your sleep and ruined your favorite shirt with […]

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“Sesame Street” adds Julia, a Muppet with autism and a Phoenix puppeteer

An Arizona mom will be making history on Monday, April 10, when she joins the cast of “Sesame Street.” Stacey Gordon, a Phoenix puppeteer, is bringing Julia — a Muppet with autism — to the show. The idea is to teach families and children about acceptance.  Julia, an orange-haired girl who sometimes does things a bit […]

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Care Card: Save on holiday shopping and help Phoenix Children’s Hospital

It never hurts to have an excuse to shop. This month, the Board of Visitors Care Card offers just that. During 10 days each fall, Care Card holders get a 20 percent discount at hundreds of Valley stores and restaurants — just in time for holiday shopping. And for the third year, Care Card also […]

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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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Instilling empathy: Books that explore special-needs kids, themes

We all are the same: We share DNA and the desire for family, community, prosperity, safety and respect. We all are different, too, thanks to that DNA and the circumstances of our lives. Some differences are visible; some are significant. All leave marks, all merit understanding and acceptance. And so our biology gives us the […]

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2017 Special Needs Resource Fair registration

Let us know you’re coming! Register for Raising Arizona Kids magazine’s Third Annual Special Needs Resource Fair below. Admission is FREE and offers access to the event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017 at Halle Heart Children’s Museum, 2929 S. 48th St., Tempe. Your admission includes access to all exhibits, speaker […]

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Sportball: A noncompetitive approach to coaching

A small but innovative Scottsdale gym offers a new approach to sports coaching for kids, from beginners to seasoned athletes. “There are a lot of children who go right into competitive sports, and they’re good to go, but then there are children who need that foundation and the basic fundamentals,” says Derek Morrison, program director […]

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