As we work with other parents and groups we learn about new organizations and their offerings. We know every family has different needs, we hope some of these are helpful to you. We have not worked with each of these organizations so it is the family’s responsibility to research the links/organizations carefully before utilizing their services.
Summer Fun Ideas
A compiled list of summer fun ideas with the kids.
Organizations that are focusing on providing support to parents, children, and adults with ASD
AZ Assist – Teen Group Meetings and a great email list of upcoming local events
Arizona Autism Coalition – great statewide information and details on Steven’s Law
Raising Special Kids – great general information on special needs and educational assistance
Melmed Center – provides a variety of therapy and social opportunities.
Autism Society of Greater Phoenix – good general autism information, also details on Steven’s Law
SARRC – Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center – lots of good information
Asperger Parent Network – serves families raising children affected by Asperger Syndrome and related autism spectrum disorders K-12 and beyond into adulthood. Supports and services include: Medical treatment referrals, Education advocacy and Transition services (middle to high school, high school to college, college to the workplace)
The Autism Exchange, information about autism from a variety of authoritative sites and experts. It makes it easy for parents and caretakers to find all the information they need in one place!
Parent Information Network. Arizona Dept of Education Special Ed Parent Information.
Diagnosis and Support
Autism Speaks – 100 day kit helps new parents through the process
Autism News and Views – links to a wide variety of web sites that will provide you with information on Education, Health, Safety, Advocacy, Service Providers and much more.
Disabilities: Guide to Autism – Arizona guide from ADA office
Guide to Autism
AZ Developmental Disabilities Planning Council – state agengy designed to assist parents regarding many topics including guardianship, new legislation and more.
AZ Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
Emily Center at Phoenix Children’s Hospital – on site children’s health information center open to public
Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Childrens Hospital – developmental behavioral pediatrics website
LIFE – Lauren’s Institute For Education – location for learning and therapy
Help Guide – resource on mental health, physical health, children and aging health. Child section has tab for Autism.
Wise Old Sayings – great resource for communicating with autistic child. Many additional links with good topics.
Suggestions on coping mechanisms for Anxiety and ASD
The Well Travel Guide for Parents of Autism Spectrum Children
Let’s Have Fun: Activities for Children with Autism
Post High School Education:
ASU, Polytechnic Campus, Disability Resource Center
Kids with Autism Can – organization that provides hope through website and social events tailored to meet the sensory needs of children with ASD
Scott James – a young adult with autism sings You Raise Me Up
Taylor tells her story about being autistic www.meettaylormorris.com
Autistic photographer shares his world www.msnbc.msn.com
Experienced at tutoring children on the spectrum. We found them supportive in working with us www.sectutoring.com
Doctors and Dentists
Dr Richard Chaet – providing dental care for children with sensory challenges can be very difficult. He understands the child’s situation and works with family to ensure dental health. www.smilesbyapdo.com
Dr Raun Melmed – providing diagnostic, therapeutic and educational services, developmental pediatrics
Dr Daniel Kessler – providing developmental and behavioral pediatrics (private pay)
Sports and Exercise
Fitness Propelled – providing structured exercise in small group settings is a niche that Geoff Rubin excels at. He has worked with kids on the spectrum for years creating more confident and healthy adults. www.fitnesspropelled.com
Hubbard Family Swim School – working with differently-abled children to teach swimming www.hubbardswim.com
Scottsdale Martial Arts – individualized instruction for behavioral and learning challenges www.smacus.com
Virginia G. Piper Sports and Fitness Center for People with Disabilities – state of the art fitness center designed for differently-abled individuals. www.ability360.com
Miracle League Baseball – brings children with special needs the opportunity to experience the simple joy of playing baseball. Miracle League
Nutrition ideas for families with children on the spectrum. Nutrition
Seeds for Autism – MaryAnn LaRoche and other artisans work with young adults on the spectrum to create amazing art in a studio where structure and responsibility are combined with creativity www.seedsforautism.org
Garrison Mais – 13 year old boy with autism creates beautiful whimsical works of art
On Going Events
Sensory friendly movies – monthly movie where theater provides atmosphere more condusive for children on ASD spectrum. www.autism-society.org
SARRC training – calendar of events with training events listed. SARRC Training
Other Cool Stuff
Creating stories to encourage each individual child. www.personalchildstories.com
Musical groups with the benefit of a music therapist www.azrhythmconnection.com
A great place to donate your musical instruments www.earcandycharities.org
Providers Search – nationwide search engine for doctor, dentist and therapists where you can enter the service you are looking for
Autism Products – company that sells sensory toys and therapy equipment. Owner is one our community members. Autism Products
Animal Assisted Therapies
AZ Power Paws – providing service dogs for a variety of different needs www.azpowerpaws.org
AZ Goldens – provide service dogs for children with autism www.AzGoldensLLC.com
Hunkapi Horse – provides therapeutic riding www.hunkapi.org
Rusty’s Morningstar Ranch – a whole life residential ranch setting providing services to adults with severe autism www.rmr.org
MacDonalds Ranch – they are not a therapeutic riding center, but since our event they have offered the opportunity for our families to call and stop by so they can experience the ranch setting and sit on a horse if they would like to www.macdonaldsranch.com
Joni and Friends – equips churches with information and support regarding differently abled individualswww.joniandfriends.org
MOPS and Moms Next – (not a special needs program) supportive bible based Mom’s groups www.lacasadecristo.com
Gentry Pediatric Behavioral Services – behavioral evaluations and functional behavioral assessments www.gentrypbs.com
Niraja Patel – Psychiatrist working with children and adults www.valleyfamilypsychiatry.com
Camp Civitan – offers summer camps for differently-abled individuals, located in Williams, AZ www.campcivitan.org
Joni and Friends – provides family retreats for persons with varied disabilitieswww.joniandfriends.org
Virginia G. Piper Sports and Fitness Center for People with Disabilities – will be offering summer programs at their new facility. www.ability360.com
Achievement Therapy – hosting a sensory social camp www.achievementtherapy.com
Music Therapy Matters – Summer Music Therapy Camp www.musictherapy.org
Desert Valley Pediatric – Social Skills Summer Camp www.dvpediatrictherapy.com
SEEDS for Autism – Professional artisans helping others develop life skills.www.seedsforautism.org
BISTA – This program if for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders OR other disabilities or disorders (ages 4-6) .www.bistacenter.org
S.E.E.K. Arizona – is committed to providing superior therapies and direct care services to both children and adults with developmental disabilities, specializing in those on the autism spectrum.
A company dedicated to creating employment for ASD adults in Denmark has inspired others, including an organization in AZ, to formulate a business around the special talents of ASD adults.