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Regular Meetings

  1. Phoenix Valley Parents Autism Group (PVPAG) and ROK-Biomedical Group
  2. Greater Phoenix Chapter Autism Society of America (ASA)
  3. Adding your announcement

1. Phoenix Valley Parents Autism Group (PVPAG)
and ROK-Biomedical Group

The meetings for both are held at CoCo's on the 4th Tuesday of each month. The times are 6pm to 9pm. It begins with the ROK-Biomedical meeting and is then followed by the one for PVPAG. Remember, you must not bring food into CoCo's and you are required to buy a meal or a desert. Furthermore, the meetings are open only to members of the groups. Click here for more information on PVPAG or click here for more information on ROK-Biomedical. Other detail are as follows:
- Meeting location: Coco's at 4514 E Cactus Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85032-7702
- Location via MapQuest: (click here to view location) or (click here to generate directions from home)

2006 Meetings

July Agenda

No meeting.

June Agenda

This month is just a month to chat with other mom's.

May Agenda

The ROK/Coco's Meeting is this Tuesday at 6:30 at Coco's off of Tatum and Cactus. This will be a round table parent's meeting. Come prepared to share your stories. There will be many advanced parents that can share what has worked and what hasn't. You can find a parent and child that have common issues and compare notes.

Also, come all who have done Amy Yasko's genetic testing. Bring your tests and come compare notes with other parents and find out what is working and helping their kids.

There will also be an update on the Phoenix Children's Project.

Please come and share you knowledge!!

Cynthia Macluskie

April Agenda

ROK is proud to announce that Dr. Houston of Houston Nutraceuticals will be speaking on April 25th from 6 to 9 pm. He will be speaking on the use of enzymes and how these can help alleviate digestion problems, eliminate diet restrictions, and how to select the right enzymes. He has a Ph.D. in biochemistry and is the inventor of several enzyme products. He is kindly flying in to speak to our group and this will be the only time that he will be speaking in Phoenix this year. This is an open meeting so all are welcome to bring friends, family, doctors, etc. The meeting is at Coco's off of Cactus and Tatum Blvd. We meet in the back room and you must purchase a desert for $7 or a dinner for $12. Please spread the word. Click here to access his website.

March Agenda

- Dr. Martha Grout from the Crossroads Clinic and her partner will be speaking. Dr. Grout just trained extensively under Dr. Buttar and is following his protocols. The clinic is a leader in the field of evaluating and developing programs for neurological-based issues in both children and adults. These include: ADD/ADHD (attention deficit disorder/hyperactivity), obsessive/compulsive disorder (OCD), autism, learning disabled, depression, bipolar disorders, cerebral palsy (CP), stress, anxiety disorders, explosive disorders, developmental delay, emotional disorders, etc. Crossroads Institute is well known for its innovative work with Neurodevelopmental evaluations using qEEG brain mapping, auditory processing assessments, evoked response potentials (ERPs), allergy and metabolic assessments, and then utilizing the appropriate tools and therapies to overcome those issues such as neurotherapy, auditory processing, diet, nutrition and other innovative tools. Click here to access the clinic website.

- Lori Speed, Parent will be speaking about her experience with Dr. Neubrander.

- Cynthia Macluskie-Parent and President of ROK will discuss what is happening with Phoenix Children's Hospital.

February Agenda

- 6pm     CARD - The Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc (C.A.R.D.) was founded in 1990 by Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh, a renowned psychologist. CARD is one of the largest organizations in the world providing treatment to children with Autism, PDD and Asperger's Syndrome. At CARD, we strive to help children by developing unique and individualized behavioral programs based on each child's particular strengths and weaknesses. Our goal is to teach all of our children the functional skills necessary to replace previously learned maladaptive behaviors, enabling them to live independent and productive lives. Using a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary approach, CARD staff work together with speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physicians, and nutritionists to lead your child towards successful learning. The result is a thorough program that consistently targets all areas of development.

CARD is interested in starting a center in the valley if we have enough interest. This is a fantastic opportunity and I urge all of you to attend this meeting to get the upcoming information and should support for us getting more choice in valley as it pertains to therapies and their availability. For more information go to their website: Click here to access their website

- 7pm     Raun Melmed, MD and Co-Founder of SARRC and leading Developmental Pediatrician.

- 8pm     Roxanne Small-Physical Therapist who specializes in sensory integration. She studied with Ed Snap who started Futures Unlimited. Futures Unlimited does rehab on individuals with central nervous system injuries and dysfunctions using the therapeutic approach developed by Ed Snapp, P.T. Chronologically Controlled Developmental Therapy.

January Agenda

We have a special guest speaking this month. Larry Valmore, MSW, is a well-respected professional consultant. Since 1982 he has helped individuals, couples, and groups of people lead more balanced, satisfying, and productive lives. His constant search for better ways to facilitate positive change led him to discover this remarkable process called PSYCH-K. Larry has taught Basic and Advanced PSYCH-K in various places around the country, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Washington. He has taught internationally as well, in Canada, Spain, and Germany. His private clients reside in many states around the country, as well as England, Ireland, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Spain. He is one of the leading practitioners of PSYCH-K in the country, and among the most experienced Instructors. Larry earned a Master's degree in Social Work in 1982, and worked as a clinician and clinical supervisor for many years.

Larry Valmore usually charges $3,500 for a speaking engagement and has agreed to speak for free and pay for his own travel expenses. We are very grateful for this opportunity and hope all of you join us for this unique opportunity.

2005 Meetings

December Agenda

No meeting.

November Agenda

- 6:00pm      We have a company that specializes in cooking lessons for people who are using GF/CF etc and I think they will have a lot to offer all of us who are striving to make great meals this season.
- ?:00pm      We will also have Dr. Zieve. He has graciously agreed to come down from Prescott and speak. He trained under Dr. Klinghardt for over five years. We have a couple of parents in the valley that are using him with great success. He also practices a more classical homeopathic style then both Ketover and Shelton.
- ?:00pm      I have invited ASAP to join us as well. They provide horse therapy and are currently introducing a new therapeutic approach called Solutions. They have some very exciting ideas on how to handle different behaviors and will share their unique approach.
- ?:00pm      I will present Dr. Neubrander's view on B-12 and the use of DMG and TMG. I will be taking my information directly from Neubrander off of his biochat site. I think that this is important information and since I have been following his protocol Mark is doing so much better verses using DMG or TMG.
- ?:00pm      I will present information on HBOT.

October Agenda

- 6:00-7:00      Debbie Waxman who is an OT who specializes in Jin Shin Jyutsu. Jin Shin Jyutsu is an ancient healing art utilizing the power of touch to balanace the body's energies promoting optimal health. Several parents are using her with great results.
- 7:00-7:30      Break
- 7:30-7:40      Photographer who specializes in working with special needs kids. This is just in time for the holidays.
- 7:40-9:00      Dr. Mark Force a chiropractor that Dr. Doris Rapp recommends. He is a diplomate and instructor for The International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK) and a fellow and instructor for the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture. Dr. Force has published numerous research papers. He will be speaking on NET. Non-adaptive conditioning leads to anxiety, depression, self defeating behaviors, limiting beliefs, and a myriad of physical symptoms, such as fatigue, inability to concentrate, back and neck pain, headaches, and digestive problems, etc. With NET, we can determine how stress is affecting you physically and repattern the conditioning so that it no longer affects you. Using NET is a remarkably fast, painless, exciting, and efficient approach to understanding and resolving conditioned responses that cause stress and illness.

September Agenda

ROK-Biomedical Group
- 6:00-7:15 Maggie Hyland, PhD Will speak on how emotional blocks and stop physical healing
- 7:15-7:30 Dr. Shelton will speak on chelation and the death of the child that has recently affected out community.

PVPAG group
- 7:45-8:00 SARRC will speak on their new gamma goblin study
- 8:00-8:45 2 ABA therapists who will speak about what they do and their new tools that may help our community.

August Agenda

ROK-Biomedical Group
- 6:00-6:25 Raji will explain the COMT genetic testing
- 6:25-7:15 Classical Homeopathy presentation
- 7:30-7:40 Aspire Store
- 7:40-7:50 Jim Adams will speak on his new study and his fund raiser

PVPAG group
- 7:50-8:30 New school year and how to work with your district
- 8:30-9:00 Dr. Lars Liden from Teachtown (

2. Greater Phoenix Chapter Autism Society of America (ASA)

2006 Meetings

June Agenda

A panel discussion by several adults with high functioning autism/Asperger's will be the highlight of our meeting. (we still have openings for 1-2 others - just email

Tuesday, June 20th
6pm - General Support Meeting
7pm - Dinner (TBA - $5 donation)
7:15pm - Mixed panel of teens and adults with ASD.

Location: The Center for Autism Research and Education (CARE) 300 E. Osborn Rd, Suite 200 Phoenix, AZ 85012

May Agenda

The next meeting of the Greater Phoenix Chapter of the ASA will be on Tuesday, May 16, at 6 pm. This meeting will be devoted to a general open discussion /support group meeting. Parents of children/adults of all ages are encouraged to attend, as well as friends and individuals with autism.

6pm - General Support Meeting
7pm - Dinner (Pizza - $5 donation)
7:15pm - Continuation of the General Support Meeting.

This is a great opportunity to meet other parents and learn and share ideas, treatments, and anything having to do with parenting a child/adult with autism.

April Agenda

The April meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 18th. A general support meeting will start at 6:00 pm, followed by optional dinner, consisting of Chinese food, at 7:00 pm ($5 donation). The main part of the meeting will begin at 7:15 pm, featuring Molly Dries from AZeip (Arizona Early Intervention Program, who will give an update on the AZeip System Redesign.

Meetings are held at the Center for Autism Research and Education (CARE),

March Agenda

No meeting due to picnic.

January Agenda

The next meeting of the greater Phoenix ASA chapter will be on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 6 pm at CARE.

- 6 pm : Support Group meeting: This is an open discussion time, and anyone in the autism community is welcome to attend.
- 6:45 pm: Optional Dinner (a variety of yummy Chinese food without MSG) will be provided - $5 donation requested but not required.
- 7:00 pm: Annual vote on new board members for Phoenix ASA
- 7:15 pm: Presentation on "IEP's and ESY"
- 8:30 end

2005 Meetings

December Agenda

No meeting.

November Agenda

The next meeting of the greater Phoenix ASA chapter will be on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 6 pm at CARE.
- 6:00 Bill Kenna from High-Star School will discuss "Educating Children with Autism." He is the Director of High-Star.
- 7:00 Optional dinner
- 7:15 Cindy Schneider, MD, will discuss "Highlights of the DAN! meeting," which will include discussion of several new treatments and the preliminary data on them.

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