Wednesday, July 29, 2009

ARMEA Autism Training in Harrison in October

Arkansas Mental Health in Education Association (ARMEA)

Practical Strategies for Working with Students with Asperger’s
Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism (Grades K-12)
Speaker: Kathy Morris

Participants can expect to learn the following information from the training:

Practical strategies to promote positive social and emotional
behaviors, learning styles and triggers in the environment, and
develop/encourage empathy in professionals as parents/families go
through denial and the grieving process when a child is diagnosed with
Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome.

Schedule for October 9th, 2009
8-8:30 am Registration
8:30 am Kathy Morris
10-10:15am Break
10:15-11:45am Kathy Morris
11:45-1pm Lunch (on your own)
1:00-2:30pm Kathy Morris
2:30-2:45pm Break (cookies)
2:45-4:15pm Kathy Morris

Conference Location: The Durand Center at North AR College in Harrison, AR.

Conference Fees: $125.00 per professional
$30.00 for students/family members

Six (6) hours of CEU hours are available for the conference. The
conference fee includes one annual ARMEA Membership at no extra
charge. Please make conference payment out to ARMEA. Mail this
registration form and payment to:
ATTN: Tony Boaz
620 West Third, Suite 303
Little Rock, AR 72201

Name: ______________________________________


School District or Agency Name: ____________________________________________

Email Address: __________________________________________________

Speaker Information:
For more information on the speaker, Kathy Morris, feel free to go to
the following website:

Travel information:
Harrison is on Hwy 65 in Northern Arkansas. We are 30 minutes south
of Branson, MO.
The Durand Conference Center at North Arkansas College is located at
303 Main Street in Harrison, Arkansas.

For those that plan on staying overnight, here is a list of convenient hotels:
The Hotel Seville is a historic hotel recently
renovated and restored, which is right across the street from The
Durand Conference Center.
Holiday Inn Express 870-741-3636,
Hampton Inn 870-365-0505
Comfort Inn 870-741-7676

ARMEA Information:

Arkansas Mental Health in Education Association (ARMEA) is a nonprofit
organization with the following mission statement:
To promote comprehensive SBMH programs throughout Arkansas
To ensure quality, accountability and professionalism
To foster partnerships among educators, mental health professionals
and the community &
To enhance the wellbeing of all Arkansas students

Visit our website for more information .

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Postively Autism Newsletter

Positively Autism
Alternatives to Punishment and Restraint
Volume 4, Issue 4 ~ July/August, 2009

Thank you to our issue sponsor, Autism Data Systems! Please visit the
website at

This issue contains...

"One Really Can Make a Difference" - An Interview with Michael and
Lisa Carey of The Jonathan Carey Foundation

"Alternatives to using Physical Restraint in Public Schools" by Emily
Cain, M.S.Ed & Niki Thurkow, Ph.D, BCBA-D of Positive Behavioral

Restraint Research

Positive Autism News

A Brief Review of Behavior Analytic Methodology and Research on
Restraint by Lorien Quirk, M.Ed., BCBA

Restraint Links

New Resources on Positively Autism

Thank You/Future Issue Contents

To read this issue please visit

Please remember to visit the main page of Positively Autism at for links to our how-to articles, videos,
issue archive, and advertising information.

Don't forget to forward this newsletter to teachers, relatives, online
support groups, and friends! Thank you for your support.

Have a wonderful week,

Nicole Caldwell, M.Ed.
Editor, Positively Autism

Autism-Awareness Family Fun Day at Playtime Pizza

What: Come & enjoy an Autism-Awareness Family Fun Day at Playtime
Pizza. You are not alone! Meet & socialize with other families in the
area who are also dealing with the stress of autism. In addition to a
100ft unlimited buffet (included in the price of admission), Playtime
Pizza has plenty of exciting games & attractions (go karts, bumper
cars, mini-golf, laser tag, bowling, a climbing wall, arcade games,
etc.) for kids of all ages. Admission for adults (12yrs+) is $8.99.
Children ages 4-11 are $6.99 and children under 4 are free. We have a
limited number of $3 child admission tickets available.
Please call and let us know how many you'll need. Hope to see you there!

When: Sunday, August 9, 2009 (1-5pm)

Where: Playtime Pizza
600 Colonel Glenn Plaza Loop
Little Rock, AR 72210
(501) 227-7529
(behind The Rave theater)

For more information about this event and to purchase your discounted
child admission tickets, (actually good until 12/31/09) please contact
Cindy Fong at or (501)952-6508

Friday, July 3, 2009

Another Arkansas Autism Blog

Please visit Marjorie Greenberg's new public site on autism in Arkansas, The site will focus on state autism issues and news. If you have any comments, criticisms, or submissions she would love to hear from you.

AR Chapter, National Autism Association Meeting Jul. 12

NAA Arkansas Chapter - Speaker Meeting
"Advocacy and IEP's:
Creating a Program for Learning & Growing"

When: Sunday, July 12, 2009 from 2-4pm

Where: Main Library (East Room, 1st Floor)
100 Rock Street, Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 918-3000
*Parking at the library is 50 cents/hr with a validated parking receipt. Alternatively, you can park under the overpass for free if you don't mind walking a few blocks to get to the library.

Meeting Agenda:

•Chapter Business: We will briefly discuss our recent and upcoming Arkansas NAA events and opportunities for involvement. Please bring and share any ideas you have for future speakers, events and meetings.

•Speaker: Rebecca Riggs, a parent of two children with special needs, including an adult daughter on the autism spectrum, will present for us some strategies on being a strong advocate for your child's needs. She will share ideas for working constructively with schools, teachers and therapists, and provide suggestions for developing an effective Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Rebecca is a longtime advocate for individuals and families with special needs in Arkansas. She has accompanied many parents to IEP meetings over the years, volunteering her time and providing guidance, mentoring and support. We are looking forward to learning from her wisdom and experience!

•Social: Time for socializing and support will be available after the speaker. Refreshments and door prizes will be provided. Childcare not provided, but children are welcome to attend meeting with parents.

For more information about the meeting, please contact our current Arkansas NAA president, Cindy Fong,, 803-0166 (home) or 952-6508 (cell)

Meeting in Russellville

“A Dialog about Safety and Children with Disabilities”

July 28th

Arkansas River Valley Arts Center
1001 E B Street, Russellville AR 72801
At 5:30 p.m.

Sponsored by:
Children’s Medical Services
Partners for Inclusive Communities
Ozark Rape Crisis
The Arkansas River Valley Arts Center

Overview and Purpose
The purpose of this meeting is to dialog with parents of children with
disabilities, and interested others about safety. This will include
information on healthy relationships and boundaries. Please join us
for this valuable cross-training opportunity.

Facilitated by:
Roberta Sick, Safety and Sexual Violence Prevention Project Director,
Partners for Inclusive Communities, NLR, AR

Registration: There is no charge for this workshop.

Question’s Please contact
Becky Taylor, CMS Pope County Representative
Phone - 479 622 1367