JULY 2018 | ISSUE 131
Planning for a Successful School Year

Summer vacation is ending and the new school year is just around the corner. Many children feel anxious upon the new school year. They may face a new classroom, new friends and teachers or maybe an entirely new educational environment. The more prepared we are to tackle the school year, the less anxiety your child may experience. So how can we help our children prepare for the school year?
Allow your child to partake in shopping for their school supplies. The child can assist in obtaining the correct amount and style of supplies. If you feel your child may be overwhelmed by a vast array of options, select a few items that you think they would like and give them a choice. For example, if your child likes The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Minions and Paw Patrol, show them the 3 backpacks and let them make the final decision.
If your child is anything like mine, their backpack is full of additional items that they have to take to school. Things like an augmentative communication device and additional therapy supplies can significantly increase the weight of a backpack. Some children benefit from having a rolling backpack versus a traditional backpack that can cause stress to their bodies. Rolling backpacks are also a great tool to help your child get accustomed to being responsible for their own belongings when it comes to traveling.

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Autism Awareness Training for the Community

Think of all the different places our children with autism visit on a daily basis and how their experience could be improved. Schools, libraries, after-school programs, daycares, gyms, aquatic centers, sport teams, stores, etc.
Each of these could benefit from AZA United's Autism Awareness Training . This program helps peers, staff and other members in the community become more aware of the challenges that children with autism can face.  

The goal of our Autism Awareness Training is to encourage members in the community to accept, include and support children with autism in daily activities.  This awareness training gives people the opportunity to learn about autism and encourages inclusive relationships. It is designed to support and complement anti-bullying programs that might already be in place. 

Autism Awareness Training is being offered to public schools in Maricopa County at NO cost, thanks to generous grant supports. There may be a small fee for other groups. 
 
For more information, contact AZA United's Autism Awareness Trainer at Linda.Kraynak@AZAunited.org
 
Last Chance to Submit Your Photos to Win a Prize

Enter our annual contest for families! Submit your photos to win a prize. Simply send us your high resolution photos to be part of our 2018 AZA Families photo collage. Prizes vary every year, last year's winners received tickets to the Polar Express Experience in Williams, AZ for their entire family.
 
This year's theme is I have grown. Choose your favorite picture of your child when he/she started their autism journey and one picture of your child now. Then please submit the following information with your entry: Age before & current age and a quote.
 
For example:  "My son was 2 years old when we began this journey; he is now 11 and thriving."
 
How to enter: Click here to upload your photos! Creativity is encouraged!  The deadline is Friday, August 3rd.
 
Submit as many as you like! Send us the largest file size you have for best quality. Include your full name, email, and two sentences as you upload your photos.
 
AZA United may use submitted photos for different materials such as events, social media, etc. By entering the AZA United Photo Contest, you authorize AZA United to use photos submitted at AZA United's sole discretion.
                                                                          
For more information, contact us at Familyoutreach@AZAUnited.org or (480) 302-5152.
 
Teeing Off for Autism

Arizona Autism United would like to thank Exodyne, Inc. for selecting us as the beneficiary for the 26th Annual Exodyne Open. Over 100 golfers teed off at the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club on April 21, 2018 in support of AZA United. Overall the event raised over $6,300!  Thank you to everyone who contributed in making this event a success!
Announcements

Join us at  Dave & Busters in Glendale on Saturday, July 28th from 9-11 AM for a family fun, sensory day! There will be  no music, the lights will be turned up and the TVs will be off. There will be quiet rooms available. Dave and Buster's will provide complimentary ear buds or head phones for those in need. Purchase a game card starting at $10 and receive unlimited game play. Join us at the autism awareness resource tradeshow that will be held during this great sensory event.



Upcoming Events

Join us on Saturday, August 4th for our next Sibshops event! The event will take place from 10am to noon at the offices of AZA United. Sibshops are intended for sibs 7-14 years old. Registration is required.

For more information contact  familyoutreach@azaunited.org or call (480) 302-5152 
Link of the Month

Did you know that the Silver Alert program is making important changes? The Arc of Arizona's Executive Director, Jon Meyers, explains in detail what the inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities in the Silver Alert program means for our Arizona community!

Watch this video for more information!


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