June 2021 | ISSUE 166
Meet our New Diagnostic Clinic Director

Dr. Erica Skepnek, PsyD, recently joined the AZA United team as the director of our new Special Needs Diagnostic Clinic. As a licensed Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Skepnek will be leading the development, oversight and management of our new program that will offer diagnostic evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults with autism or other special needs. 

Dr. Skepnek completed her educational degrees in Illinois, and her internship and residency experiences in California. She relocated to Arizona shortly thereafter and began working with another local nonprofit. Dr. Skepnek has worked in the field of autism treatment for 14 years. Her experience within the field is vast and diverse. In addition to assessment and diagnostic experience, she has also worked in social/vocational programming, counseling, and program development for individuals with developmental disabilities. The last 7 years of her career have been spent in her primary area of interest, which is building, managing, and refining diagnostic services for individuals with autism. Dr. Skepnek firmly believes in guiding families through what comes next after a diagnosis. She emphasizes the importance of providing emotional support and resources to help parents through the initial stages after receiving a diagnosis, as it can be a difficult and confusing time for everyone involved in the individual’s life. She very much looks forward to creating an innovative model of excellence and compassion within AZA United's new Special Needs Diagnostic Clinic.

AZA United expects to begin offering diagnostic services later this year. Say tuned for the official program launch announcement!
New Openings for ABA Therapy at our Mesa Clinic

If your child is in need of daytime ABA Therapy Services in the East Valley, we have good news! We now have several new openings starting in August at our East Valley Center in Mesa.

In recent years, ABA therapy has become more available around the valley than ever before, but finding a high quality program that is specialized and tailored to your child's needs can still be a challenge. AZA United's unique children's therapy clinic in Mesa, which is run by our highly qualified and talented team of BCBAs and RBTs, includes a beautiful outdoor playground and is now one of the valley's premiere early intervention centers for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

AZA United contracts with all AHCCCS & DDD health plans, which now cover ABA treatment services 100% at no cost to families when it is medically necessary for children who have qualified for this service. Additionally, when a child has a private insurance plan, there are no out-of-pocket costs to families receiving ABA therapy through AZA United if the child is enrolled with AHCCCS or DDD/ALTCS.

Families in need of these services are encouraged to contact us immediately. Therapy openings are filled on a first-come first-served basis for children who meet all eligibility criteria and have the necessary scheduling availability. If you need help understanding your insurance benefits or finding out if your child is eligible for ABA therapy, contact our Family Support Team at support@AZAunited.org.

To learn more about our specialized approach to comprehensive ABA treatment and all other available services, visit our website
New Job Opportunity: Clinic Service Coordinator

In addition to some new ABA therapy openings for clients, we also have a job opening! We are looking for a highly-skilled, detail-oriented administrative professional who will provide administrative support in our East Valley Center in Mesa. Job duties consist of assisting clinic staff and clients with a variety of administrative responsibilities and duties including scheduling, onboarding, and general operational support. 

This is a full-time position (at least 30 hours a week) with competitive pay and benefits package. View our online application for the e Clinic Service Coordinator position for a full description and to apply online.

For a list of all current job openings with AZA United, click here.
NEW BLOG: Tips for Teens Seeking Summer Jobs

Finding your first job can be exciting, but it can also provoke anxiety if you don’t know how to start the process. For teens on the Autism spectrum, navigating the job search and interviewing process can be especially challenging.    
 
Cindy Walker, a Licensed Professional Counselor and manager of the Resilient Hearts Counseling Program at AZA United, offers this advice: “Social settings and new situations usually bring anxiety and stress. But if teens take a few extra steps to prepare, it will help make the experience less anxiety provoking and more successful.”  Here are a few tips for teens to get started...
Announcements

In June, we celebrate all the amazing fathers for their supportive role in their children's lives. Happy Father's Month!

We also celebrate Pride Month, a series of events in the month of June when the world's LGBT communities come together and celebrate the freedom to be themselves.

Finally, Juneteenth is a noteworthy event which marks the end of slavery in the U.S. and commemorates African-American freedom, is observed on June 19.
Upcoming Events

Join us on Saturday, July 10th from 10 to 11 AM for our next Sibshops events for siblings. Registration is FREE and required to obtain the login information. Email or call us at Sibshops@AZAunited.org - 602-773-5773.


Our Grupo de Apoyo Unidos en Bienestar (Therapeutic Support Group in Spanish for parents), will meet again on Thursday, June 24th from 5:30-7:00. Click here for information & registration in Spanish.
Link of the Month

 It's summertime in Arizona with a record-breaking heatwave! What can you do to keep your kids active and engaged? Check out our Summer Activities Blog with a list of fun summer activity recommendations for kids on the spectrum.