It was 1997. Packed inside a ballroom of the Phoenix Country Club were families and individuals who were there to learn more about autism and Phoenix’s newest nonprofit. Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center— then the Southwest Autism Research Center—was holding its inaugural Community Breakfast event, marking the organization’s first fundraiser. This was an opportunity to share SARRC’s mission of supporting individuals with autism and their families.
Today, SARRC gathered with officials from the City of Scottsdale and members of the public to reopen the Beneficial Beans Café-Scottsdale, located at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library. It was a great morning event that featured a ribbon cutting, lots of great coffee and wonderful treats from our vendor partners such as Matt Cottle of Stuttering King Bakery and John Dalen with Essential Nourishment.
SARRC is teaming-up with the American Academy of Pediatrics Arizona Chapter (AzAAP) to encourage medical professionals to “Think Asperger’s” when treating young patients. The awareness campaign is part of SARRC’s ongoing efforts to increase screening for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) amongst children of all ages, including children who may slip through the cracks of early childhood developmental screening because their symptoms are less subtle.
A new screening tool for use in schools helps effectively identify school-age children with social challenges, according to a new study published in the Journal of Applied School Psychology. The “Social Challenges Screening Questionnaire” (SCSQ), developed and tested by the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC), may also assist in identifying autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Una nueva herramienta de evaluación para ser usada en las escuelas ayuda a identificar efectivamente a niños en edad escolar con dificultades sociales, acorde a un nuevo estudio publicado en el Diario de Investigación de Psicología Escolar (Journal of Applied School Psychology). El “Cuestionario de Evaluación de Dificultades Sociales” (Social Challenges Screening Questionnaire” - SCSQ) –– desarrollado y probado en el Centro de Autismo SARRC (Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center), puede también asistir a identificar Trastorno del Espectro Autista (ASD)
By: Amy Kenzer, BCBA-D, Director of Clinical Services, SARRC
World reknowned autism expert, Peter Gerhardt, Ed. D, spoke to more than a hundred autism providers and individuals and families impacted by autism on Friday at SARRC in Phoenix during a workshop titled, "Bridges to Adulthood: Sexuality and Relationships. His overall message of the session: "All sexual behavior is social behavior."
Dr. Gerhardt informed the audience that when it comes to sexuality and autism, there is very little research, but what research we do have tells us two things:
Approximately 1,400 business and community leaders, individuals impacted by autism, and SARRC supporters attended the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center’s (SARRC) 17th Annual Community Breakfast on Friday, April 24, 2015 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, Arizona.
Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center would like to give a green thumbs-up to the Boys Team Charity – Camelback League for preparing and planting the gardens for First Place Phoenix, a new housing endeavor for young adults who have autism.
Brad Herron, a program coordinator for SARRC, said Michelle Himmelberg led over 20 volunteers from Boys Team Charity (BTC) to ensure the garden at the site, 29 Palms, was properly completed. Teens and parents built wooden frames for the raised beds and prepped the soil over the course of two weekends.
For the first seven years of his life, Danny Portillo Jr. and his family lived in dischord.
Danny couldn’t talk, frequently threw tantrums, and would harm himself. "It was frustrating, not knowing what he wanted," recalled his father, Danny Portillo Sr. "Danny was destroying the house."
On April 2, 2014, the Portillos realized that they were not alone.
The Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center has been hosting trainings for Arizona dentists to learn best practices for assisting patients who have autism, thanks to a grant from the Delta Dental Foundation.
SARRC's hard work is already paying off. Recently, Dr. Rebecca Schaffer, a dentist and assistant professor from A.T. Still University, had the opportunity to apply what she learned in SARRC's statewide trainings while working in Guatemala on behalf of another nonprofit, Open Wide Foundation.