NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS - July 1, 2020
 
PROGRESS TO DATE
MONEY RAISED IN 2020
$133,692
23% OF OPERATING BUDGET
CHILDREN SCREENED
20,602
THANKS TO OUR GENEROUS DONORS,
6TH ANNUAL ATPF BRIDGE TO THE BEACH SUMMER CAMP 
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SAN DIEGO LIFEGUARDS WILL BE
PROVIDED  TO CHILDREN AND FAMILIES ON JULY 13-17, 2020


ATPF extends our sincere gratitude to Mikelson Yachts, Jennifer Wu, Peter Theios, Sheri Smith, the Sullivan Family, the Taccone Family and the Hoff Family! Because of their generous donations, we are able to fund and provide our 6th Annual ATPF Bridge to the Beach Week Long Camp this year for our children and families! This camp, in compliance with CDC COVID-19 requirements, will take place on July 13-17, 2020 at the Santa Clara Recreational Center and South Mission Beach and serve 18 ATPF kids. Each ATPF child will be paired with two (2) Junior Lifeguard volunteers for fun water and beach activities, such as surfing, kayaking, boogie boarding, paddle boarding, sand castle building, and more.  Every caution will be taken to make this  week long camp SAFE for our ATPF kids and families, including but not limited to:

3 Separate shift times each day
Temperature checks of every person attending
Face masks
Sanitization stations
Social distancing enforced

Limited spots available, first come, first served!
For more information or if you are interested in signing up your child for our Bridge to the Beach Camp, 
contact RebeccaB@autismtreeproject.org or call/text 909-815-8520.
COVID-19 RESPONSE TIMELINE TO DATE



**Click on any of the above infographic pictures to view the full PDF Version with links to resources listed on the timeline**
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit San Diego, ATPF responded quickly. We feel blessed every day to continue supporting kids and families with autism through our virtual programs and services! 
$1,700 GRANT AWARDED TO ATPF FROM 
ARTHUR P. PRATT & JEANETTE G. PRATT MEMORIAL FUND 


We extend our sincere gratitude to The Pratt Memorial Fund for their recent grant of $1,700 to support the ATPF Early Intervention Preschool Screening Program! This generous award will provide early intervention screenings to 48 Head Start Preschoolers in San Diego County and ensure that they have the tools they need to be kindergarten ready.
ATPF PARENT MENTOR HELEN GHIO, ATPF TEEN VINCENT GHIO 
& BOARD MEMBER PABLO FERNANDEZ EMBRACE & ENCOURAGE
CONNECTION DURING  ATPF LUNCH & LEARN WEEKLY SERIES

ATPF Lunch & Learn with Helen & Vincent Ghio
Click above to watch our ATPF Lunch & Learn with Helen & Vincent Ghio!


Click here to watch our ATPF Lunch & Learn with Pablo Fernandez!
Click here to watch our ATPF Lunch & Learn with Pablo Fernandez!

We are feeling inspired, grateful and connected after our past two ATPF Lunch & Learns! Huge thank you to our special guests Vincent & Helen Ghio, Pablo Fernandez, and everyone who took the time to share gratitude, vulnerable, honest, and positive comments, and make heart connections with one another. These two Lunch & Learns were very powerful and we highly recommend you watch anytime you need a to take a break, recharge and refuel.
We have now hosted 11 AMAZING Lunch & Learn events to date, impacting over 300 people in our Autism Tree community!  We are especially excited to have Heidi Moker be our special guest speaker at TODAY'S Lunch & Learn. 
RSVP now by clicking on the flyer below:
If you missed any, click on any of the videos below to watch the recorded version!
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Wendy Garafalo
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Board Member & Mother Wendy Garafalo
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Bobbi Hanna, COTA/L
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Occupational Therapist Bobbi Hanna, COTA/L
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Board Member & Father Justin Nahama
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Board Member & Father Justin Nahama
ATPF Lunch & Learn with ATPF Community Partner Matthew Storey
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Community Partner Matthew Storey
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Autism Self-Advocate Jeff Snyder
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Autism Self-Advocate 
Jeff Snyder
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Marilee Burgeson, MA, CCC-SLP
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Speech Language Pathologist Marilee Burgeson, MA, CCC-SLP
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Teen Otto Lana
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Teen Otto Lana
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Michelle McGowan, Special Education Advocate
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Special Education Advocate Michelle McGowan
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Dr. Tracy Shepler, Psy.D. & B.C.B.A.
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Tracy Shepler, Psy.D. & B.C.B.A.
ATPF VIDEOS REACH OVER 286,000 PEOPLE: 
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL TODAY!
Click the banner above to see our Read with Autism Tree video playlist!
Click the banner above to see our DIY kids activity video playlist!
We are excited to share our amazing impact to date! ATPF has now added 124 VIDEOS to our YouTube channel, reaching over 286,000 people across ALL social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, & YouTube) since our first video on March 12, 2020! We are beyond grateful for our ATPF volunteers and community partners for continuing to step up each day to help serve our kids and families! Thank you to our community leaders who have shared a video with our community so far. 
You can s tay up-to-date with ALL our videos of resources, book readings, tips & ideas by  subscribing  to  our  YouTube Channel.
Storytime with ATPF Volunteer Paige:
Storytime with ATPF Volunteer Paige: "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus"
Paw-fect Grooming Tips for Dogs during Quarantine from ATPF Volunteer Caroline
Paw-fect Grooming Tips for Dogs during Quarantine from ATPF Volunteer Caroline
Storytime with SDSU Intern Alex Darling:
Storytime with SDSU Intern Alex Darling: "Billy's Big Day"
"How to Make a Dog Toy" with ATPF-NCL Volunteer Hunter Luedde
Ideas for Activities at Home from ATPF-NCL Volunteers Kate & Colleen
Ideas for Activities at Home from ATPF-NCL Volunteers Kate & Colleen
Beaded Stretchy Bracelets Activity with ATPF Volunteer
Beaded Stretchy Bracelets Activity with ATPF Volunteer Julia Sindici
Super Armband Activity Craft with USD Intern Greta Watson
Super Armband Activity Craft with USD Intern Greta Watson
Easy Art Drawing Activity with SDSU Intern Cindy
Easy Art Drawing Activity with SDSU Intern Cindy Ramirez
NEW! VIRTUAL ATPF ADAPTIVE ART CLASSES
RSVP TODAY FOR SATURDAY, JULY 11TH

We are excited to announce a NEW monthly ATPF program: Virtual Adaptive Art Classes! This program will be completely organized and facilitated by ATPF Interns & Volunteers, who will be leading our children and families step-by-step through simple art activities each class. We are honored and excited to have Isabelle Kaplan, ATPF Volunteer & Founder of the ATPF-NCL Girls Summer Art Camp lead our first Adaptive Art Class on Saturday, July 11th! This class will be Ocean-themed and focused on learning different water color techniques.
For kids ages 5-10 years old. Maximum of 10 families, first come, first served.
Questions? Contact RebeccaB@autismtreeproject.org.
RSVP TODAY FOR NEXT  ATPF VIRTUAL 
HEART & HOOVES THERAPY WORKSHOP 
ON SATURDAY, JULY 11TH



Get ready for another ATPF Virtual Heart & Hooves Therapy Workshop coming up! Huge thank you to ATPF Community Partners 1 FUR 1 Foundation and Heart and Hooves Therapy for hosting this virtual event, allowing our children and families to visit the ranch and enjoy an interactive learning experience with the use of different farm animals! We will work on identifying farm animals, basic body parts of animals, and mini-horse safety, while playing a fun educational game!
Questions? Contact RebeccaB@autismtreeproject.org. 
YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US IN CELEBRATING ATPF DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
LISA KAUFMANN'S NEW BABY ON THE WAY
If you would like to participate, please reach out to RebeccaB@autismtreeproject.org or call/text 909-815-8520 for more information.
DONATIONS NEEDED FOR #AUTISMTREECARES SCRIPPS MERCY HOSPITAL CHULA VISTA PROJECT
Join the #AutismTreeCares Movement!
Join the #AutismTreeCares Movement!
#AutismTreeCares Project Donation Drop Off
#AutismTreeCares Project Donation Drop Off


We are proud to help hospital patients suffering from COVID-19 at Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista as part of our #AutismTreeCares Project! Big thank you to ATPF Supporter & Occupational Therapist Alma Gonzalez Gallardo for giving our community an opportunity to come together and support those who need us the most!

Want to join our #AutismTreeCares project? We are asking for donations on the following:
Books / Magazines
Playing cards
Other card games including memory cards
Crossword puzzles booklet
Word Search puzzles booklet
Sudoku books
Small foam/stress balls (hand grip exercises)
NEW! Scrub caps & other personal protective equipment (PPE)

If you know how to sew, know someone who can sew, or are have the means to purchase a scrub cap or other PPE materials, and we would love YOUR help in collecting PPE donations!  See below for a special announcement from ATPF Artist, Author & International Ambassador Joel Anderson about our NEW ATPF Scrub Caps Challenge:
ATPF Artist, Author & International Ambassador Joel Anderson Announces 100 Scrub Caps Challenge
How to Make Really Easy Scrub Caps
Click Above to View How to Make Really Easy Scrub Caps
Any donation is appreciated! You will be touching the lives of those who are suffering with COVID-19 and help keep them entertained while in social isolation. To donate, please call/text our ATPF Team directly to coordinate drop off of donated materials.

Rebecca Barron, Operations Manager:
Email: RebeccaB@autismtreeproject.org
Cell: 909-815-8520
Lisa Kaufmann, Director of Development:
Email: Lisa@autismtreeproject.org
Cell: 619-318-6713

DONATE TO IMPACT CHILDREN & FAMILIES 
IN OUR AUTISM TREE COMMUNITY
Join ATPF in #GivingTuesdayNow - May 5, 2020
It's not too late - if you were not able to make a gift on Giving Tuesday Now, 
please consider making a gift today!

**We care about our ATPF Families and are here to help YOU through this difficult time of uncertainty. Please call/text 909-815-8520 or email RebeccaB@autismtreeproject.org if you need help for your child with autism or support for your family. **
ATPF BAY AREA 
EARLY INTERVENTION PRESCHOOL SCREENINGS


*Disclaimer: All screening have currently been cancelled or rescheduled until Fall 2020.
Huge thanks to Speech Language Pathologist Michelle Connelly, Director of ATPF Bay Area Early Intervention Preschool Screening Program for expanding our Bay Area screenings since she joined our team in 2016. Thanks to Michelle's hard work, we have tripled the number of annual screenings we have provided to the Bay Area community in the last year!
Screenings for Bay Area preschools are just about to start!  
Click here to view our event calendar with all 2019 dates. 

Here are some of the preschool sites in the Bay Area where ATPF is providing FREE screenings:

Addison-Penzack JCC of Silicon Valley - Los Gatos, CA
Associated Students Child Development Center - San Jose, CA - NEW!
Creative Beginnings Preschool - San Jose, CA
Holey Family School - San Jose, CA
Most Holy Trinity School - San Jose, CA
The Primary School - East Palo Alto, CA
Resurrection Catholic School - Sunnyvale, CA
Running Start Preschool - San Jose, CA
Sacred Heart Elementary School - Saratoga, CA
SJSU Preschool - San Jose, CA
SJSU ChAD Lab Preschool - San Jose, CA
St. Elizabeth Seton School - Palo Alto, CA
St. Joseph of Cupertino School - Cupertino, CA
St. Lucy School - Campbell, CA
St. Nicholas Catholic School - Los Altos Hills, CA

Thank you to our longest running community partner CSR Cares

ATPF HIGHLIGHTS
FAREWELL & THANK YOU TO EMILY ZHONG
VOLUNTEER DIRECTOR OF ATPF GIRLS IN STEM PROGRAM




*Click any of the above pictures to watch Emily's Inspiration at our June Core Team Meeting*

We LOVE our ATPF Interns & Volunteers! We are sending out a special THANK YOU and farewell to Emily Zhong, Volunteer Director of the ATPF Girls in STEM Program! Emily has been a dedicated volunteer with ATPF since September 2018, and during this time has led 17 Girls In STEM Workshops, devoted more than 50 volunteer hours (saving the foundation over $1,300), AND generously donated $750 to ATPF through her Gemerosity Jewelry business. Emily has been an incredible leader and role model to our ATPF Girls and many of our young volunteers and interns. She graduated from Canyon Crest Academy, plans on attending UC Berkeley in the Fall to study Cognitive Science, and recently led a heartfelt inspiration at our last ATPF June Core Team  Meeting.  Congratulations Emily on all that you've accomplished at ATPF - we are so proud of and grateful for YOU - and can't wait to see what your bright future holds!

THANK YOU EMILY FOR YOUR HUGE HEART TO CREATE BRIGHTER FUTURES FOR OUR ATPF KIDS & FAMILIES!
200+ ATPF EVENTS - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Intern & Young Volunteer Video
ATPF Intern & Young Volunteer Program Video
With over 200 calendared events annually, ATPF is always looking for quality volunteers with a heart and passion to serve our kids and families! To learn more information, visit our  ATPF Intern & Young Volunteer Program page on our website. To get involved as a volunteer or intern today, call the office at 619-222-4465 or email RebeccaB@autismtreeproject.org!

ATPF UPCOMING PROGRAMS, SERVICES & EVENTS


ATPF's Lunch & Learn with Heidi Moker
TODAY, July 1, 2020
12 PM - 12:45 PM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

T his event is free, but you must RSVP! 

RSVP online today,  HERE

Calling all ATPF Parents! Join us for our next Lunch & Learn Weekly Zoom Series!
Join ATPF Volunteer Executive Director Dayna Hoff in an Interview and Q&A with ATPF Volunteer & Preschool Director Heidi Moker, who will be sharing an educator's perspective on distance learning for special education preschool students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Questions or need Zoom meeting details ASAP? Call/text (909) 815-8520 or email  rebeccab@autismtreeproject.org

 


ATPF's Teen Time: Virtual Social Hour
Friday, July 3, 2020
Friday, July 10, 2020
Friday, July 17, 2020
Friday, July 24, 2020
Friday, July 31, 2020
3 PM - 4 PM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

This event is free, but you must RSVP! 

RSVP HERE for July 3rd!

RSVP HERE for July 10th!

RSVP  HERE for July 17th!

RSVP  HERE for July 24th!

RSVP  HERE for July 31st!

Calling all ATPF Teens! Join us for our next Virtual Social Hour on Zoom!

We are excited to partner with Sensory Friendly San Diego for a Teen Time Social Hour every Friday for the month of June! Check in with your friends via Zoom, join us in playing a game and create an easy DIY projects together!

Questions? Call (909) 815-8520 or email  rebeccab@autismtreeproject.org








 


ATPF Virtual Adaptive Dance Class
Saturday, July 4, 2020
Saturday, July 11, 2020
Saturday, July 18, 2020
Saturday, July 25, 2020
12 PM - 12:45 PM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

RSVP HERE for July 4th!

RSVP HERE for July 11th!

RSVP HERE for July 18th! 

RSVP HERE for July 25th!

In partnership with Tap Fever Studios, we are excited to offer Adaptive Dance Classes every Saturday online via Zoom! All participants who RSVP will receive a reminder email/text with all details on how to join the Zoom meeting.

Be safe and have fun dancing!

Questions? Call (909) 815-8520 or email  rebeccab@autismtreeproject.org


 


ATPF's Lunch & Learn with Melissa Sargent
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
12 PM - 12:45 AM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

T his event is free, but you must RSVP! 

RSVP online today,  HERE!

Calling all ATPF Parents! Join us for our next Lunch & Learn Weekly Zoom Series!
Join ATPF Volunteer Executive Director Dayna Hoff in an Interview and Q&A with ATPF Community Partner Melissa Sargent of Heart and Hooves Therapy, who will be sharing her perspective of the benefits of animal therapy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Questions? Call (909) 815-8520 or email  rebeccab@autismtreeproject.org

 


ATPF Virtual Heart & Hooves Therapy Workshop
Saturday, July 11, 2020
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

Special thank you to our 1 FUR 1 Foundation for generously sponsoring this event, making it free of charge!

RSVP online today,  HERE!

Calling all ATPF Parents! We are so excited to partner with Heart and Hooves Therapy for another virtual workshop! Visit the ranch virtually via Zoom and enjoy a 1 hour interactive learning experience with the use of different farm animals. We will work on identifying farm animals, basic body parts of animals, and mini horse safety, while playing a fun educational game!

Questions? Call (909) 815-8520 or email  rebeccab@autismtreeproject.org

 


ATPF Adaptive Art Class
Saturday, July 11, 2020
11 AM - 12 PM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom


This class is limited to 10 families and will fill up fast! RSVP Online Today! 

Click  HERE to RSVP!

ATPF Volunteer and Founder of the ATPF-NCL Girls Summer Art Camp, Isabelle Kaplan, will be leading our first ever Adaptive Art Class!  Join us for a fun ocean-themed class on different water color techniques! 

Questions? Call (909) 815-8520 or email  rebeccab@autismtreeproject.org

 


ATPF's Lunch & Learn with Giacomo Vivanti, Ph.D.
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
12 PM - 12:45 AM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

This event is free, but you must RSVP! 

RSVP online today,  HERE!

Calling all ATPF Parents! Join us for our next Lunch & Learn Weekly Zoom Series!
Join ATPF Volunteer Executive Director Dayna Hoff in an presentation and Q&A with Giacomo Vivanti, Ph.D., who will be sharing strategies for quality play with young children with autism.

Questions? Call (909) 815-8520 or email  rebeccab@autismtreeproject.org

 


ATPF Virtual LEGO Therapy Workshop
Saturday, July 18, 2020 
10 AM - 11:30 AM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

This workshop is free, but you must RSVP HERE!

We are excited to be offering our ATPF LEGO Workshops ONLINE via Zoom! Families will have a session with ATPF LEGO Therapy Program Director Santana Getz and 1-2 other ATPF families with kiddos of the same age group! You will build LEGO's and practice social communication skills with guidance. Santana will observe how your family is interacting and give feedback, and you get the chance to engage with other ATPF families!

Questions? Call (909) 815-8520 or email  rebeccab@autismtreeproject.org 
 


ATPF Virtual Musical Playgroup
Saturday, July 25, 2020
10 AM - 11 AM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

This event is free, but you must RSVP! 

Click  HERE to RSVP!

Sign up here for June 27th:  

You and your family are invited to join us for a "virtual" musical playgroup using Zoom! A URL link, meeting ID, and password will be shared with all parents who RSVP. All you have to do is click the link and sign in with the information provided. It's free and you can participate from computer, ipad or phone (you would need to download the app to use a phone).

We will learn valuable interaction, communication, and social skills through group music-making in a fun and friendly environment. The ATPF playgroups are facilitated by board-certified music therapists from the Music Therapy Center of California.

Questions? Call (909) 815-8520 or email  rebeccab@autismtreeproject.org









 


ATPF Coding Camp
Saturday, July 25, 2020 
12 PM - 1 PM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

Limited to 8 students per class - first come, first served. 
RSVP today,  HERE!

We are excited to provide a NEW ATPF Coding Program to our children and families! For ages 12+. Does your teen enjoy being on the computer, learning about computer science or seem interested in how to turn coding into a job skill set? This is the perfect course for them! Our Coding Camp will teach introductory computer science, problem solving and creative thinking through coding. 

This program is led by ATPF Intern from Princeton University Anlin Zhang. 

Questions? Call (909) 815-8520 or email  rebeccab@autismtreeproject.org
 


ATPF's Lunch & Learn with Venus David, M.Ed.
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
12 PM - 12:45 AM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

T his event is free, but you must RSVP! 

RSVP online today at https://bit.ly/ATPFLunchLearn15

Calling all ATPF Parents! Join us for our next Lunch & Learn Weekly Zoom Series!
Join ATPF Volunteer Executive Director Dayna Hoff in a presentation and Q&A with Venus David, M.Ed., who will be sharing her perspective and personal stay-at-home strategies for children with autism during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Questions? Call (909) 815-8520 or email  rebeccab@autismtreeproject.org

 


ATPF PHOTO ALBUMS 2020

 
ATPF Weekly Intern Meeting
June 30, 2020

We had a fantastic start of the week with our dedicated ATPF Interns, who are all high school or college aged with a variety of backgrounds, abilities and strengths. Our interns are working hard this week on refining and developing our new ATPF mobile friendly website, YouTube channel, and other social media channels! 


 
 
ATPF Virtual Adaptive Dance Class
June 27, 2020

Our kids and families had an amazing time at the Adaptive Dance class this past Saturday! Thank you so much to ATPF Community Partner Tap Fever Studios for holding these classes every Saturday!

 
 
ATPF Virtual Musical Playgroup
June 27, 2020

Big thank you ATPF Community Partner the Music Therapy Center of California for holding another fun virtual playgroup for our kids and families this weekend!


 
 
ATPF Teen Time: Virtual Social Hour
June 26, 2020

Our teens had a fantastic time at our ATPF Teen Time: Social Hour with Sensory Friendly San Diego! Big thank you to Xenia and Kelsey from Sensory Friendly San Diego for leading another awesome ATPF Teen Time: Social Hour!

 
 
ATPF Virtual Core Team Meeting
June 25, 2020

We are really feeling inspired and loved tonight from our ATPF Core Team Meeting! Big thanks to Volunteer Director of our Girls in STEM Program Emily Zhong for leading a beautiful Inspiration before she heads to UC Berkeley in the fall and to all our dedicated volunteers, interns, board members, and community partners who showed their beautiful faces on Zoom!

 
 
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Pablo Fernandez
June 24, 2020

It was an absolute honor and pleasure to have ATPF Board Member Pablo Fernandez as our guest speaker at today's Lunch & Learn! We felt the pure heart connection and love from each and every one of you who joined today. Thank you, Pablo, for sharing your story, connecting, and inspiring us all to get through these ever-changing time!

 
 
ATPF Family Yoga Class
June 21, 2020

Our families had so much fun at the Yoga Class this weekend! Thank you so much to ATPF Intern Tessa and ATPF volunteer Theresa for having huge hearts for our families and leading this class!

 

ATPF Girls in STEM Workshop 
June 20, 2020

Thank you so much to ATPF Volunteer and Director of the ATPF Girls in STEM Program Emily Zhong for running our Girls in STEM Workshop this weekend! Our girls had an incredible time working on robot art projects and learning about some physics concepts!

 

ATPF Special Education Advocacy Workshop
June 20, 2020

Thank you so much to ATPF Parent and founder of McGowan Advocacy Michelle McGowan for running our Special Education Advocacy Workshop today! Our parents were able to learn a lot about how to advocate for their children's educations during COVID-19. Keep an eye out for the presentation video and power point which will be posted later this week!

 

ATPF Virtual Adaptive Dance Class
June 20, 2020

Our kids and families had an amazing time at the Adaptive Dance class this past Saturday! Thank you so much to ATPF Community Partner Tap Fever Studios for holding these classes every Saturday!

 

ATPF Volunteer & Intern Training
June 17, 2020

Big thank you to Breena Hayman, Volunteer Co-Director of the ATPF Early Intervention Screening Program, and Speech-Language Pathologist for leading a training workshop for all our new ATPF Volunteers & Interns!

 

ATPF Lunch & Learn with Vincent and Helen Ghio
June 17, 2020

We had an amazing time at our 10th ATPF Lunch & Learn today! Huge thank you to ATPF Parent Mentor Helen Ghio & ATPF Teen Vincent Ghio for sharing their honesty, wisdom, and advice on how our teens and families can learn to accept and adapt during this time. We are blessed to have your family as a part of our Autism Tree Community from the very beginning!

 

ATPF Virtual Adaptive Dance Class
June 13, 2020

Huge thank you to ATPF Community Partner Tap Fever Studios for hosting a Virtual Adaptive Dance Class last week!

 

ATPF LEGO Therapy Workshop
June 13, 2020

Thank you to all of the ATPF families who came to our Virtual LEGO Therapy Playgroup this morning! We had so much fun playing with LEGOs, learning therapeutic techniques, and building social interactions between ATPF parents and children! Special thank you to Volunteer Program Director of our ATPF LEGO Therapy Program, Santana Getz & ATPF Program Assistant, Alexa Zaino, for making this event such a fun experience for our families!

 

ATPF Coding Camp
June 13, 2020

Our teens had an incredible time at the first session of our NEW ATPF Coding Camp! Thank you so much to ATPF Intern from Princeton University Anlin Zhang and ATPF Intern Hannah Zhang for launching this exciting program for our kids and families!

 

ATPF Teen Time: Virtual Social Hour
June 12, 2020

Our teens had a fantastic time at our ATPF Teen Time: Social Hour with Sensory Friendly San Diego! Big thank you to Xenia and Kelsey from Sensory Friendly San Diego for leading another awesome ATPF Teen Time: Social Hour! 

 

ATPF Board Meeting Q2
June 11, 2020

Our ATPF Board held one of our quarterly board meetings last night with financial updates from our CFO, Caitlyn McTaggart, and program updates from our Director of Development, Lisa Kaufmann. We are so incredibly thankful for our board of 12 who have stepped up to the plate during this time of COVID so that we can continue to support our thousands of children and families living with autism during this pandemic.

 

ATPF MADCAPS Volunteer Training
June 11, 2020

Huge thank you to Speech-Language Pathologist Breena Hayman for leading a virtual Volunteer Training for ATPF Community Partner Madcaps San Diego last night! We look forward to having Madcaps volunteers working our events this year!

 

ATPF Lunch & Learn with Dr. Tracy Shepler
June 10, 2020

Huge thank you to Dr. Tracy Gates- Shepler for being our amazing special guest on the ATPF Lunch & Learn today! We loved learning tips on how to maintain strong mental health during shelter in place - a true blessing for our kids and families during this time. Our parents and community really felt connected through the heartfelt message Dr. Shepler shared. #ATPFconnections

 

Weekly Intern Meeting 
June 8, 2020

We are pumped to start this week after our Weekly Intern & Volunteer Meeting this morning! It's amazing to see our intern team growing and making so much progress on different projects at ATPF! #ATPFconnections

 

ATPF Adaptive Dance Class
June 6, 2020

Huge thank you to ATPF Community Partner Tap Fever Studios for hosting a Virtual Adaptive Dance Class!

 

ATPF Team Meeting 
June 5, 2020

Our ATPF Team had a great meeting over Zoom today to reflect on the month of May. We were blown away by the love shown from our community, who came together to wholeheartedly support our children and families. In these trying times, we are grateful to have the Autism Tree Family to lean on for strength and connection each day!

 

ATPF Team Meeting
June 5, 2020

Our ATPF Team had a great meeting over Zoom today to reflect on the month of May. We were blown away by the love shown from our community, who came together to wholeheartedly support our children and families. In these trying times, we are grateful to have the Autism Tree Family to lean on for strength and connection each day. 

 

ATPF Welcomes New Intern Julianna Jimenez
June 4, 2020

We are so excited to welcome new ATPF Summer Intern Julianna Jimenez! Julianna is a Senior and International Business student at the San Diego State University. This was her first week of her virtual internship. Welcome to the ATPF Intern Team Julianna!
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ATPF Lunch & Learn with Michelle McGowan
June 3, 2020

We had an empowering ATPF Lunch & Learn today with Special Education Advocate & Volunteer Director of the ATPF Parent Mentor Program, Michelle McGowan! Thank you Michelle for sharing your incredible insight, knowledge and heart, both as a mother and an advocate, with our parents and community! We were very happy to learn of so many relevant, valuable resources for during this time! A recording of today's event will be shared very soon...stay tuned!

 

ATPF Welcomes Intern Andrew Carstensen
June 2, 2020

We are so excited to welcome new ATPF Summer Intern Andrew Carstensen! Andrew is a Senior and Communications student at the University of San Diego who is interested in breaking into the film industry after he graduates in August. This was his first week of his virtual internship. Welcome to the ATPF Intern Team Andrew!

 

ATPF Awarded Grant from the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation
June 2, 2020

We are incredibly blessed and so excited to announce that we have been awarded a grant from The Carlsbad Charitable Foundation for $18,000 for ATPF to provide early intervention preschool screenings! ATPF was one of 7 groups chosen to receive just more than $120,000 from the 2020 grant cycle.

 

ATPF Weekly Intern Meeting
June 1, 2020

Seeing all the smiling faces of our dedicated interns at our Weekly Intern Meeting is the best way to start off the week! Big thanks to our interns that joined us today to share their progress and projects for this week. We are blessed to have so many new interns with big hearts for our kids and families!

 
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