February 2017
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Community Enrichment Presentation

We started a new monthly series, Community Enrichment Nights

Why attend the Autism Society’s monthly community enrichment evenings?

They provide opportunities for individuals, families, caregivers and educators to learn what is available in their community, how to advocate or access specific services, and network as a community. The programs provide all attendees with information, additional support, and networking opportunities to improve the lives of individuals who experience autism and related developmental disabilities.

Topic: Sensory Processing
Date: Monday, February 27th, 2017
Time: 7-8:30 (Doors open at 6:30)
Location: Fairbanks Community Mental Health 3830 South Cushman Fairbanks Alaska

Workshop Description
An introduction and overview about Sensory Processing, issues associated with sensory processing (hypersensitivity/hyposensitivity), skills affected by sensory processing, and tools on managing Sensory Processing and activities to calm an overstimulated child. 

Workshop Objectives
Understand Sensory Processing and how it impacts daily life
Learn strategies to manage Sensory Processing

Traci Roon, Physical Therapist & Theresa Sabens, OTR/L

Fairbanks is now participating in
Sensory Friendly Movies
This is a trail run for Fairbanks & we hope to see you there so Sensory Friendly movies can stay in Fairbanks!
For additional program information, visit us at:
Sensory Swim
Sensory Swim Night
Date: March 18, April 22
Location: Hamme Pool
Time: 5-7 p.m
Description: Sensory Swim nights are sponsored by the Alaska Center for Children and Adults in-part through a grant from Alaska USA and are open to families who are supporting children who experience disabilities that increase their sensitivity to sensory stimuli, such as autism, sensory processing disorders and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. This is a family event. Everyone in the family is welcome, and all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. A light meal will be served, and parents will have the opportunity to network with one another in a welcoming setting.
Project Lifesaver
Fairbanks Chamber: Danielle Tessen from the Autism Society of Alaska and Captain Ron Wall from the Alaska State Troopers presenting on Project Lifesaver, a program that provides traceable wristbands to adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer's, autism, and other related conditions or disorders.
Nationwide, Project Lifesaver has responded to over 3,000 rescues and all were 100% successful with a recovery time averaging less than 30 minutes.

How it works
  • Project Lifesaver relies on proven radio technology and specially trained search and rescue responders.
  • Clients that are enrolled in the Project Lifesaver program wear a personalized wristband that has the appearance of a large watch.
  • When caregivers notify the Alaska State Troopers that a person is missing, they respond to the wanderer’s last known location and start searching with the mobile locator tracking system.
  • This equipment is used on foot, in cars and also by air providing maximum cover and capability for search efforts for several miles using the tracking equipment.
Partner with YOUR Alaskan Project Lifesaver team & save a life

$500: GOLD
$1,000: DIAMOND
$1500+ FULL SPECTRUM SPONSORSponsorship Supports: Wristband, Tracking System Equipment, Training & Program

Donations are tax deductible.
Make checks out to: Autism Society of Alaska
Send donations to: 607 Old Steese Hwy, Suite B #285 Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
Upcoming Autism Events
Stay up to date by checking our online Calendar

2/11 10:30 AM Regal My Way Matinee Sensory Friendly Movie
2/27 Community Enrichment: Sensory Processing

3/4 Dance to fit fundraiser
3/5 Paint nite Fundraiser featuring LuLaRoe, LipSense, and the Hungry Robot Pizza
3/11 10:30 AM Regal My Way Matinee Sensory Friendly Movie
3/12 3-4:30 Speaker Dani Bowman, autism advocate, at Pioneer Park
3/18 5-7 Sensory Swim at Hamme pool 5-7
3/24 - 3/25 Wrights Law Presentation Location and time TBA
Community Enrichment Evening TBA

April - Autism Awareness Month
4/2 World Autism Day
4/4 UAF Human Ribbon
4/8 10:30 AM Regal My Way Matinee Sensory Friendly Movie
4/13 UAF Auction
4/22 Sensory Swim at Hamme 5-7
Community Enrichment Eventing TBA
Wings for Autism/All TBA

Papa John’s May Charity of the month use code AKAUTISM
5/13 9th Annual Alaska 5k for Autism Pioneer Park Community Enrichment Eventing TBA

6/26-6/30 Camp YES! In the Woods


2nd Annual Alaska Autism Conference

2017 Alaska Conference for Autism Announcement 

Keynote presenter for the Autism Society of Alaska Conference 

Michelle Garcia Winner

Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC, is a speech-language pathologist who specializes in the treatment of students with social thinking challenges, including diagnoses of autism, Asperger Syndrome, ADHD, PDD and non-verbal learning disorder.

Winner's pioneering practical assessment and treatment strategies can easily be used by parents, paraprofessionals and professionals. Her work regarding social thinking is becoming the base from which instructional programs are developed across the U.S. and internationally, influencing a range of professions: education, counseling, speech and language therapy and behavioral teachings.
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