The information and guidance regarding the COVID-19 virus have been changing daily—even hourly—leaving us uncertain of what’s to come. However, we have been busy ensuring we can continue to serve our mission while keeping our team members, clients, and families safe. As we navigate the current environment, we have two major priorities that have driven our decision making:
Storm Leugers is a Behavior Therapist at Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC). She is based at the Community School’s Phoenix campus, SARRC’s inclusive preschool for ages 18 months to 5 years old that provides intensive, ABA-based programming for children with ASD and high-quality early childhood education for typically developing children.
When Cooper Irving was just a year old, his parents noticed that he was a little different than his two older siblings had been at the same age.
“He’d have these tantrums and bang his head on the floor, and we didn’t know why,” his mother, Kim, remembers. “He also couldn’t talk until he was 18 months, and then a few weeks later, he could recite the entire alphabet.”
By the time Cooper was 3, the Irvings were looking for answers.
Another parent at Cooper’s school mentioned Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC), and so Kim called for information.
"I love that my every day is different. Building a relationship with not only my clients but their entire families, being right in there with their day-to-day life and being that support that they need is my very favorite part of my job. I also really enjoy the aspect of leading a group of SARRC therapists towards a common goal—providing the best quality service possible to our clients and their families,” says Mandi Winters, M.Ed., BCBA.
PHOENIX – Hispanic children are diagnosed with autism less often than white non-Hispanic children, in part because of language barriers, cultural differences and lack of awareness in the Latino community, according to experts in behavioral health.
When their son, Sage, was 23 months old, Ian and Jessica Mallon were concerned about his development — namely, language delays and sensory issues. It was suggested they check out NODA™ — the Naturalistic Observation Diagnostic Assessment—a smartphone app that’s been proven to expedite the autism diagnostic process.
Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) is pleased to welcome Lev Gonick, Jason Lattin, Kim Shepard and Scott Wallace to its Board of Directors. Thank you to the directors who completed terms in 2019: Amanda Aguirre, Dan Coleman, Meighan Harahan, and Jim Waring.
Lev Gonick | Chief Information Officer at Arizona State University
Adalynn Carey was a fussy baby. She liked to be swaddled until she was 8-months-old. As she grew a little older, she’d grunt and cry, but her speech didn’t develop. She was also having a lot of meltdowns.
“I think the biggest sign something was not quite right would be the extreme temper tantrums and meltdowns that were inconsolable,” her dad, Haron, remembers. “You know, you’ve gone down the list—is she fed? Did she hurt something? Does she have a dirty diaper? You go down that list and it’s not one of those in-pain cries. It’s just a full-on episode that you can’t stop.”
It probably seems like just yesterday you were changing your child’s first diaper and now you’re wondering if it’s time for one of the biggest milestones in your child’s development: potty training. There’s no exact age in which all children are ready for potty training, but you can expect to see some emerging readiness signs starting as early as age 24 months to 40 months.
On Sunday, Oct. 27, 10,000 people and 500 teams from across the state gathered at Tempe Beach Park in support of the Autism Speaks Walk in Partnership with SARRC. The annual event raised an estimated $600,000, half of which will go to the important national initiatives led by Autism Speaks and the other, to support local families through SARRC's innovative research and programs.
In addition to a 1-mile family-friendly walk and 5k, a robust resource fair featuring 20 vendors provided valuable resources to walkers.