SARRC’s clinical model is grounded in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) with a particular focus on naturalistic behavioral interventions in inclusive environments, including but not limited to: in the home, in school, on the job or in the community. Each of SARRC’s therapeutic programs, classes and trainings are guided by best practice models; the most currently available science; increasing independence and producing meaningful outcomes; and the individualized needs of the children, teens, adults with autism and families we serve.
By Shreyas Hallur
"Why did you become a Peer Mentor?” When I was asked this question during my CommunityWorks® orientation at SARRC, I remember replying with a vague response. Truthfully, I had only applied to this program because my history teacher had recommended it to me. I knew very little about autism, and given my inexperience, I questioned whether I would fit in as a peer mentor.
Thanks to the Gila River Indian Community, we are offering full scholarship opportunities (up to $2,250) for some of our most popular parent training programs! This opportunity is offered to parents and caregivers with a child (up to 12 years old) who has been diagnosed with autism and lives in remote or rural areas of Arizona.*
Scholarships are available now and SARRC is offering both in-person and telehealth program models.
Eligible programs include:
Lindsay Palson’s journey to an autism diagnosis happened a little later in life compared to many of her peers in SARRC’s Employment Services program. The Mesa woman already had eight years of U.S. Air Force service under her belt, as well as several college courses, yet she struggled with a constant lingering feeling that something in her life just wasn’t clicking.
“I remember a few years ago someone mentioning to me about displaying something that was an autistic trait. They quickly brushed it off, saying ‘oh no, someone would have caught that by now,’” Palson recalls.
Olivia was diagnosed with autism when she was 9 years old. Her mother suspected Olivia may have autism before her actual diagnosis, but her pediatrician said she was” too social” to have autism. Although Olivia may have been social, she struggled with back-and-forth conversations with others. Most of the phrases she used in conversation stemmed from the phrases she heard in her favorite movies and television shows.
In 2019, the family moved to Arizona largely because Olivia’s mother, Kim, heard about the programs and services available at SARRC.
Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) held its 23rd Annual Community Breakfast on Thursday, April 29! The 45-minute event featured personal stories from families, clients, and community leaders.
SARRC recently announced the promotions of Drs. Amy Kenzer and Christopher J. Smith to Chief Operating Officer and Chief Science Officer, respectively—transitions that will support SARRC's Strategic Plan of becoming a statewide organization that puts effective services within reach of every Arizonan by 2030.
SARRC has announced plans to expand its footprint to Scottsdale, occupying space in the Paiute Neighborhood Center, a City of Scottsdale-operated community that features social, recreational, cultural, and educational programs and services.
RESTAURANT ROUNDUP PARTICIPATING PARTNERS
We’re partnering with the kindest (and tastiest!) restaurants in the Valley! Support SARRC and our incredible Arizona restaurant community by visiting the following restaurants. Each restaurant will have different specials that give back to SARRC throughout the month of April.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a grant valued at over $1 million to the Institute for Learning Innovation (ILI), in partnership with SciTech Institute and the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC). The grant will be used to foster engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning and social interaction for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).