NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS - August 17, 2020
 
PROGRESS TO DATE
MONEY RAISED IN 2020
$161,937
28% OF OPERATING BUDGET
CHILDREN SCREENED
20,602
THANK YOU 4TH ANNUAL 1K SUMMER FUN RUN SPONSORS
FOR RAISING $6,723 FOR ATPF

Wow!!! The final numbers are IN from the EPIC 4th Annual 1K Summer Fun Run Fundraiser... and we are absolutely blown away by the support rallied from ATPF Board Member Linda Rosas Townson and ATPF Supporters Tracy Lindstrom, Rhonda Rich, and Jena Neuman!

85 incredible 1K Sponsors
raised $6,723 for ATPF!

Huge THANK YOU to each and every 1K Sponsor 
for making a difference in the lives of ATPF children and families:






You Owe Me Now! Sponsors
Phil Heath
Tracy Lindstrom
Jeremiah Winkler

I Got You! Sponsors
Cassidy Boelk
Wendy Carey
Ned DaChef
Virginia & Michael Genovese
Troy Lindstrom
Sumana Reddy
Chris Townson
Charles Williams
Cal Chang Yocum

Biggest Fan Sponsors
Mark Beathard
Stefanie Blitvich
Criag Borghesani
Peter Chang
Kiyon Chung
Michelle Cox
Zaneta Encarnacion
Samantha Endicott
Pablo Fernandez
Joe Garza
Lynn Haims
Terry Hargrave
Hillary Heath
Dayna Hoff
Garret Hoff
Todd Hoff
Darla Hollansworth
David Huffman
Vandara Kelly
Edward Kinnamon
The Lamb Family
Redhatters of Lantana
Steve Larson
Ann Leslie
Ray Lindstrom
Shari D Miller
Diane Mills
Lorette Moore
John Moreno
Jessica Neuman
Kristeen Neuman
MaryBeth Pavlic
Debra Preece
Dave Ray
Katherine Rich
Richard Rogers
Kristen Rojas
Shelli Rowley
Monique Ruiz
Eric Shadek
Camyla Sundo
David Teraji
Freddy Torres

Athletic Supporter Sponsors
Deneen Avina
Kara Bickley
Caren Burns
Ricardo Camacho
Barbara Carlowe
Alfred Chang
Mac Chappelear
Amanda Christie
Arian Collins
Karina Dickerson
Michael Durica
Lan Florence
Helen Ghio
Kelly Greene
Dillon Hurley
Yolie Kraywczyk
Francine Laura
Cristina Nunez-Medina
Thomas Mongoven
Jean Neuman
Ileana Ovalle
Helen & Richard Reinbeau
Katherine Rich
Monica Spingola
Suzanne Tulenko
Cynthia Ramirez-Vazquez
Carol Venable
Victoria Holland Worch

WE LOVE our ATPF family and are so grateful to these beautiful ladies for having huge hearts to support our families! Huge thanks to our race course crew volunteers: John Moreno, Shelley Rowley, Justin Rowley, Jeremiah Winkler and Rick Rogers!




ATPF CELEBRATES 100 VIRTUAL EVENTS!
 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! 

Are you an ATPF Parent? WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
Please fill out this one-minute survey to tell us how we can best help you during this time.

Questions or want to get in touch? Contact RebeccaB@autismtreeproject.org or call 909-815-8520.
ATPF AWARDED $2,500 GRANT FROM THE 
MAURICE J. MASSERINI TRUST

We extend our sincere gratitude to the Maurice J. Masserini Trust for their recent grant of $2,500 to ATPF! This generous contribution will provide more than 20 free programs to thousands of families impacted by autism.
ANDRES AMADOR, SANDI ANDERSON & JOEL ANDERSON 
SHARE THE HEALING POWER OF ART & COMMUNITY
AT ATPF LUNCH & LEARN WEEKLY SERIES



*Click on any of the above photos to watch the guest speaker's Lunch & Learn recorded version*
We are grateful and creative after our past two ATPF Lunch & Learns! Huge thank you to our special guests Andres Amador, Sandi & Joel Anderson, and everyone who tuned in to listen to our team, keep brainstorm ways to keep joy in our daily lives and even give back in small ways to those who need it most. We highly recommend watching these two Lunch & Learns anytime you need to take a break or want to learn something new.
We have now hosted 18 AMAZING Lunch & Learn events to date, reaching over 165 people in our Autism Tree community! We are especially excited to have Larisa Hall be our next special guest speaker at this week's Lunch & Learn. 
Join us TODAY, AUGUST 19TH at 12 PM on Zoom
Meeting ID: 894 6849 6371
Passcode: 618014
ATPF VIDEOS REACH OVER 338,000 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!
OUR TOP 3 ATPF SOCIAL MEDIA STARS SINCE MARCH 13:
Founder & Volunteer Executive Director Dayna Hoff
ATPF Founder & Volunteer Executive Director Dayna Hoff
1ST PLACE: 5,758 PEOPLE REACHED
ATPF Director of Development Lisa Kaufmann
ATPF Director of Development
Lisa Kaufmann
2ND PLACE: 4,797 PEOPLE REACHED
ATPF Director of Development Lisa Kaufmann & Son Breccan
ATPF Director of Development Lisa Kaufmann & Son Breccan
3RD PLACE: 4,768 PEOPLE REACHED
We are excited to share our amazing impact to date! ATPF has now added 171 VIDEOS to our YouTube channel, reaching over 338,000 people across ALL social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, & YouTube) since our first video on March 13, 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 stay up-to-date with ALL our videos of resources, book readings, tips & ideas by subscribing to our YouTube Channel.
Storytime with BTC Volunteer Kajal:
Storytime with ATPF BTC Volunteer Kajal: "The VERY Impatient Caterpillar"
Storytime with ATPF BTC Volunteer Zachary:
Storytime with ATPF BTC Volunteer Zachary: "The Fix-It-Up Fairy
Storytime with ATPF BTC Volunteer Arayan:
Storytime with ATPF BTC Volunteer Arayan: "Perfect"
Storytime with ATPF Volunteer Kila:
Storytime with ATPF Volunteer Ruby: "Miss Nelson is Missing"
Storytime with Brian:
Storytime with ATPF NLYM Volunteer Brian: "Are you Play Outside?"
Storytime with ATPF BTC Volunteer Sheila:
Storytime with ATPF BTC Volunteer Sheila: "The Gingerbread Man
Storytime with ATPF BTC Volunteer Arayan:
Storytime with ATPF BTC Volunteer Arayan: "Harold and the Purple Crayon"
VStorytime with ATPF BTC Volunteer Kajal:
Storytime with ATPF BTC Volunteer Kajal: "Drawn Together"
SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY PARTNERS WHO SEND AMAZING VIDEOS EACH WEEK!


ATPF CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF ANNUAL 
NCL GIRLS MENTOR PROGRAM SUMMER ART CAMP
We are sending our utmost gratitude to Isabelle Kaplan, Founder of the annual ATPF-NCL Girls Mentor Summer Art Camp, ATPF Community Partner National Charity League Del Sol Chapter, and all our Special Guest Artists over the past 10 years of our NCL Girls Mentor Summer Art Camp for their dedication to serve our ATPF mothers and daughters! This is an incredible milestone that has impacted over 400 ATPF Mothers & Daughters since it's launch in 2010.
NEW! ATPF COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP 
WITH NICOLE DAUZ, SELF-CARE EXPERT



Our team had a great meeting with Nicole Dauz, Self-Care Expert who is dedicated to providing self-care tips, tools, inspiration and support for parents and caregivers of special needs children. We are excited to announce Nicole as a new ATPF Community Partner! Thank you to ATPF Board Member Justin Nahama for connecting us. 

Hey ATPF Parents! Nicole is hosting a FREE webinar called "Changing the Conversation Around Isolation for Caregivers" on TUESDAY, AUGUST 25TH AT 2 PM EST (11 AM PST). 

During this webinar, caregivers Nicole Dauz and Dr. Eboni Green will change the conversation around isolation for caregivers by sharing their personal caregiver experiences and exploring the differences between the sometimes harmful practices of isolation and loneliness. You will walk away with the understanding that communion is not simply about surrounding yourself with people; rather, it is about sharing your experience and opening yourself to new ones. Click here to register: https://bit.ly/2PPHB9E
NEW! COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP WITH WOMEN 
IN STEM CLUB AT POINT LOMA HIGH SCHOOL


We are excited to partner with the Women in STEM Club at Point Loma High School to provide #STEMSaturday videos every Saturday in August!  Huge thank you to ATPF Volunteer Sara Parker for being the catalyst behind this new partnership and planning a fun event at the end of this month for our kids and families....more details coming soon. Check out their videos on our Facebook page!
THANK YOU RICH HORNER FOR WINE DONATION



We are sending out a big THANK YOU to ATPF Supporter Rich Horner for his very generous wine donation for our upcoming 16 Candles Virtual Auction on September 25-27, 2020.

Rich donated 1 of the 15 famous "cult wines" from California. Alban is a tiny boutique winery in the Edna valley and is considered the authority in Rhone varietals in the United States. John Alban planted grafted clones from France in 1990 before laws were passed against and is one of the few "grandfathered" wineries to have actual vines from French soil. It was rated "95" by Robert Parker and "92" by Wine Spectator, and usually the only other way people get it is by going to a Michelan rated restaurant!

We are still collecting donations of wine and champagne valued at $50 or more - to donate yours, contact RebeccaB@autismtreeproject.org or 909-815-8520.
16 CANDLES VIRTUAL AUCTION


OUR GOAL IS 100 BOTTLES:
WE NEED YOUR WINE & CHAMPAGNE DONATIONS!

WE NEED 28 MORE BOTTLES FOR OUR WINE & CHAMPAGNE PULL 
AT OUR 16 CANDLES VIRTUAL AUCTION

Only 28 bottles to go! You can help us reach our goal of 100 bottles for our Virtual Auction. If you have a bottle or case to donate, 
please contact RebeccaB@autismtreeproject.org or call/text 909-815-8520!
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!

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
ATPF INTERN APPRECIATION HIGHLIGHT: 
GRETA WATSON & VICTORIA ARAGON


We LOVE our ATPF Interns & Volunteers! We are sending out a special THANK YOU and farewell to USD Intern Greta Watson and University of Texas at Austin Intern Victoria Aragon! Both summer interns at ATPF, Greta & Victoria each completed 100 volunteer hours during their internship, saving the foundation $5,086! We are proud to announce both Greta and Victoria are receiving our new ATPF COMMUNITY AWARD, recognizing their outstanding service and dedication to serving ATPF children and families, especially during this time of COVID-19. Congratulations Greta & Victoria - we wish you all the best in your future endeavors!

THANK YOU GRETA & VICTORIA FOR YOUR HUGE HEART FOR OUR ATPF KIDS & FAMILIES!

To learn more about our new ATPF Volunteer Service Awards, visit our website here or contact RebeccaB@autsimtreeproject.org.
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 Teen Time: Virtual Reality Workshop
Wednesday, August 18, 2020
12 PM - 12:45 AM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

This event is free, but you must RSVP! 

Calling all ATPF Teens! Join us for fun games and virtual reality activities!
Our Teen Time Virtual Reality Workshops are hosted by Ian Miller, Volunteer Director of Teen Time Program & Director of Interactive Media Institute's Autism Center of Excellence.

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

 


ATPF's Lunch & Learn with Larisa Hall
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
12 PM - 12:45 AM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

This event is free, but you must RSVP! 

RSVP online today at  https://bit.ly/ATPFLunchLearn19

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 Executive Director of Tap Fever Studios & ATPF Community Partner Larisa Hall, who will be sharing her story and the benefits of dance and movement for children with autism during shelter in place.

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

 


ATPF Teen Time: Virtual Social Hour
Upcoming dates: 
Friday, August 21, 2020
Friday, August 28, 2020
3 PM - 4 PM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

This event is free, but you must RSVP! 

Sign up here for August 21: RSVP Link
Sign up here for August 28: RSVP Link

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

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



 


ATPF Virtual Adaptive Dance Class
Saturday, August 22, 2020
12 PM - 12:45 PM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

This workshop is free, but you must RSVP:

August 22: RSVP Here
August 29: RSVP Here


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.

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


10th Annual ATPF Girl Summer Art Camp:
Saturday, August 22, 2020 - Session 4
1 PM - 2 PM
Via Zoom

Maximum of 6 girls, ages 12+. Register today! Click on dates below.

ATPF & NCL Girls will joyfully be participating in different themed art workshops! All lessons are designed to be fun, with simple instructions.


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


ATPF Virtual Coding Camp
Saturday, August 22, 2020
10:30 - 11:30 AM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

This event is free, but limited to 8 students per class!

RSVP online 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? Contact RebeccaB@autismtreeproject.org or call/text 909-815-8520.
 

 


ATPF Virtual Musical Playgroup
Saturday, August 22, 2020
10:30 - 11:15 AM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

This event is free, but you must RSVP! 

RSVP online today here. 
You and your family are invited to join us! 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.

Ready to make some music? Register today!

Questions? Call 619-222-4465 or Email rebeccab@autismtreeproject.org
 

 


ATPF's Lunch & Learn with Jacqueline Denysiak, M.D.
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
12 PM - 12:45 AM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

This event is free, but you must RSVP! 

RSVP online today at  https://bit.ly/ATPFLunchLearn20

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 Jacqueline Denysiak, M.D., President of MEDICUS MD, Inc, who will be sharing her journey, passion for medicine, why she has a special heart for children with autism, and her plans on how to serve the special needs community.

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

 


ATPF Virtual Core Team Meeting
Thursday, August 27, 2020
4 PM - 5 PM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom


These monthly meetings are for our core team of volunteers and staff who help produce more than 200 free programs, services and events for ATPF annually. All volunteers (brand new and returning) are welcome to attend!

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

 


ATPF Teen Time: Virtual Reality Workshop
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
11 AM - 12 PM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

RSVP Online Today:
Calling all ATPF Teens! Join us for fun games and virtual reality activities!

Our Teen Time Virtual Reality Workshops are hosted by Ian Miller, Volunteer Director of Teen Time Program & Director of Interactive Media Institute's Autism Center of Excellence.

Questions? Contact RebeccaB@autismtreeproject.org or call/text 909-815-8520.
 

 


ATPF Adaptive Dance: Fall Session
Saturday, September 5, 2020
12 PM - 12:45 PM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

Does your kid love movement and dance? Join our ATPF Virtual Adaptive Dance Fall Session starting September 5, 2020! Dance classes will be every other week on Saturday's from 12-12:45pm. For kids ages 5-10. Must be able to commit to full 8 weeks.

Fall Session Schedule (Ages 5-10):
September 5, 19
October 3, 17, 31
November 14, 28
December 12

10 kids maximum. Sign up for Fall Session now: https://forms.gle/tV3oxazFnqr2bW9g8

Questions? Contact RebeccaB@autismtreeproject.org or call/text 909-815-8520.

 


ATPF Virtual LEGO Therapy Workshop
Saturday, September 5, 2020
10 AM - 11:30 AM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom


This workshop is free, but you must RSVP here: https://forms.gle/ZLvHZSD6LXzWYhgY9

All ATPF families and kiddos are welcome to come out to our LEGO Workshop from 10:00AM to 11:30AM. We will build LEGOs and practice social communication skills!

Questions? Contact RebeccaB@autismtreeproject.org or call/text 909-815-8520.

 


ATPF PHOTO ALBUMS 2020

 
10th Annual ATPF-NCL Girls Summer Art Camp: S3
August 15, 2020

Special thank you to ATPF Liaison Marilee Burgeson, NCL Liaison Bonnie Kraemer, and all the NCL Girls Mentors who helped run our 10th Annual ATPF-NCL Girls Summer Camp this weekend! Our girls had an amazing time learning how to create bracelets and ribbon flowers.

 
 
ATPF Adaptive Dance Class
August 15, 2020

Our ATPF children & families had a great time dancing during our Adaptive Dance Class with Larisa Hall of Tap Fever Studios this weekend!

 
 
ATPF Parent Advocacy Training Workshop
August 15, 2020

Huge thank you to Michelle McGowan, Advocate & Volunteer Director of our Parent Mentor Program for leading our Special Education Advocacy Workshop last night! We are so grateful to provide these workshops monthly to parents new and returning in our community.

 
 
ATPF Teen Time: Social Hour
August 14, 2020

Our teens had so much fun last Friday at our ATPF Teen Time: Social Hour! Special thank you to Sensory Friendly San Diego for leading this weekly hour for our teens!

 
 
ATPF Meets with Nicole Dauz of Selfcare4Caregivers
August 12, 2020

This week our team had a great meeting with Nicole Dauz, Founder of Selfcare4Caregivers, who is dedicated to providing self-care tips, tools, inspiration and support for parents and caregivers of special needs children. We are excited to announce Nicole as a new ATPF Community Partner! Huge thank you to ATPF Board Member Justin Nahama for connecting us. More news on this community partnership coming soon....stay tuned!

 
 
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Sandi & Joel Anderson
August 12, 2020

We are so grateful to Sandi Anderson, ATPF Parent Mentor and Director of Arts in Motion, and Joel Anderson, ATPF International Ambassador, Author and Artist, for being inspiring special guests at today's ATPF Lunch & Learn! Sandi and Joel have been a part of the ATPF Family since it's launch in 2003. They shared many valuable tips and ideas for how they have been connecting, spreading love and moving forward through this time. Thank you Sandi & Joel for sharing your light with our community and having huge hearts for our ATPF families!

 
 
ATPF Adaptive Dance Class
August 8, 2020

Our ATPF children & families had a great time dancing during our Adaptive Dance Class with Larisa Hall of Tap Fever Studios this weekend!

 
 
ATPF Weekly Intern Meeting
August 10, 2020

Happy Monday ATPF Family! Today's Weekly Intern Meeting was bittersweet, as we shared gratitude for two interns who are having their last week at ATPF: University of San Diego Intern Greta Watson and The University of Texas at Austin Intern Victoria Aragon. We wish Greta and Victoria all the best in their future endeavors, and thank them for all their hard work this summer helping to serve our children and families!

 
 
10th Annual ATPF-NCL Girls Summer Art Camp: S2
August 8, 2020

Special thank you to ATPF Liaison Marilee Burgeson, NCL Liaison Bonnie Kraemer, and all the NCL Girls Mentors who helped run our 10th Annual ATPF-NCL Girls Summer Camp this weekend! Our girls had an amazing time learning how to create culinary art.

 
 
ATPF Virtual Book Club
August 8, 2020

Thank you so much to ATPF Volunteer Danielle Levy for leading an incredible and inspiring first book club meeting about the Rain of Gold! The presentation from this meeting will be posted soon.

 
 
ATPF Adaptive Art Class
August 8, 2020

Our kids had an amazing time at our Adaptive Art Class this weekend!! Thank you so much to ATPF Program Assistant Alexa Zaino and ATPF Interns Melissa and Grace for leading this fun session on DIY drink coasters!

 
 
ATPF Team Meeting
August 7, 2020

Happy Friday ATPF Families! We had a fantastic ATPF Team Meeting today, reflecting on all that there was to be proud of during the month of July and ready to jump into August. We are grateful for small blessings every day and inspired by the people who have big hearts to support our children and families with autism! #ATPFconnections

 
 
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Andres Amador
August 5, 2020

We are sending a huge thank you to Andres Amador for being an incredible guest speaker at our ATPF Lunch & Learn today! It was wonderful taking the time to hear Andres's story and learn about how to bring calmness, gratitude and joy into our homes and life during this time. Stay tuned for the recorded version soon!

 
 
ATPF Weekly Intern Meeting
August 3, 2020

Happy Monday ATPF FB Friends! We are sending a special thanks to our dedicated interns and volunteers who help our internal team serve our kids and families! We had a great Weekly Intern Meeting this morning to discuss the 7 virtual program events happening this week and our progress on social media and website projects. 

 
 
ATPF Virtual Adaptive Dance Class
August 1, 2020

Our ATPF children & families had a great time dancing during our Adaptive Dance Class with Larisa Hall of Tap Fever Studios this weekend! 

 
 
10th Annual ATPF-NCL Girls Virtual Summer Camp: Session 1
August 1, 2020

Special thank you to ATPF Liaison Marilee Burgeson, NCL Liaison Bonnie Kraemer, and all the NCL Girls Mentors who helped run our 10th Annual ATPF-NCL Girls Summer Camp this weekend! Our girls had an amazing time learning how to create Pinterest boards.

 
 
ATPF Virtual Core Team Meeting
July 30, 2020

Huge thank you to everyone who tuned in to our ATPF Virtual Core Team Meeting yesterday! Special thank you to the extraordinary ATPF Intern & Volunteer Kat Greene for leading an Inspiration about "Taking Ownership" that had wise words for anyone to listen and use throughout their life. Stay tuned for the recorded version soon...we hope to see you all next month!

 
 
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Venus David
July 29, 2020

We absolutely loved having the Founded & President of So Love Autistic Center, Venus David, M.Ed., L.B.S. as our ATPF Lunch & Learn special guest speaker today! Thank you Venus for sharing your wisdom, expertise and heart with our Autism Tree community. 

 
 
ATPF Weekly Intern Meeting
July 27, 2020

WHappy Monday everyone! We had a fabulous intern meeting this morning and are excited to jump into action this week. ATPF Parents & Volunteers - stay tuned for our interns reaching out this week to keep you in the loop for our upcoming virtual events! We are also making enormous progress in managing our social media daily and updating our website. More to come next week...

 
 
4th Annual 1k Summer Fun Run
July 26, 2020

We are beyond thankful to ATPF Board Member Linda Rosas Townson and ATPF Supporters Tracy A. Lindstrom, Rhonda Rich, and Jena Neuman for competing in an epic 1K Summer Fun Run fundraiser (COVID-19 style), raising over $6,500 for ATPF! Exact total coming soon! WE LOVE our ATPF family and are so grateful to these beautiful ladies for having huge hearts to support our families!

 
 
ATPF Parent Advocacy Training Workshop
July 25, 2020

Huge thank you to ATPF Board Member, Justin Nahama & ATPF Community Partner and Partner at the Law Offices of Schwartz and Storey, Matthew Storey for addressing some of our family's questions and concerns at our ATPF Parent Advocacy Training Workshop. We are grateful to work as a community to provide our families with the knowledge needed to advocate for a better education for their children with special needs during this time.

 
 
ATPF Musical Playgroup
July 25, 2020

Our children and families had so much fun singing, dancing, and playing music at our Virtual ATPF Musical Playgroup this past Saturday! Special thank you to The Music Therapy Center of California for leading such a fun and upbeat program! 

 
 
ATPF Teen Time Virtual Social Hour
July 24, 2020

Our teens had so much fun last Friday at our ATPF Teen Time: Social Hour! Special thank you to Sensory Friendly San Diego for leading this weekly hour for our teens! 

 
 
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Adam Lanser
July 22, 2020

Huge thank you to Adam Lanser for being an incredible special guest at our 15th ATPF Lunch & Learn today! We loved hearing Adam's years-long journey of serving the special needs community, how he teaches his videography/photography skills, and his heart to serve ONE child, adult, family at a time . Special thank you to Board Member Justin Nahama for connecting Adam to our team and community.

 
 
ATPF Weekly Intern Meeting
July 20, 2020

Our incredible ATPF Interns are excited to jump in to help this week after our Weekly Intern Meeting! They will be sending event invites to our parents and families for this week's upcoming events, managing our social media channels, and making improvements to our mobile friendly website.

 
 
ATPF Special Education Advocacy Workshop
July 18, 2020

Huge thank you to Michelle McGowan, Advocate & Volunteer Director of our Parent Mentor Program for leading our Special Education Advocacy Workshop last night! We are so grateful to provide these workshops monthly to parents new and returning in our community 

 
 
ATPF Adaptive Dance Class
July 18, 2020

Our ATPF children & families had a great time dancing during our Adaptive Dance Class with Larisa Hall of Tap Fever Studios yesterday! 

 
 
ATPF LEGO Therapy Workshop
July 18, 2020

Thank you to Henry and his family for coming 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 Inten, Andrew Carstensen, for making this event such a fun experience!

 
 
ATPF Teen Time Social Hour
July 17, 2020

Our weekly ATPF Teen Time Social Hour has proven a super fun way to spend a Friday afternoon! Thank you Sensory Friendly San Diego for hosting this past week's social hour.

 
 
6th Annual Bridge to the Beach Camp Day 5
July 17, 2020

The last day of our 6th Annual Bridge to the Beach Camp Day 5 wrapped up a fantastic week of fun in the sun! Huge thank you to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, the San Diego Junior Lifeguards & the generous donors who made this week of smiles and joy possible: Mikelson Yachts, the Sullivan Family, the Hoff Family, the Taccone Family, Jennifer Wu, Peter Theios and Sheri Smith! 

 
 
6th Annual Bridge to the Beach Camp Day 4
July 16, 2020

Everyone loves the beach...especially our ATPF kids! Here are pictures from Day 4 of our 6th Annual Bridge to the Beach Camp at South Mission Beach!

 
 
6th Annual Bridge to the Beach Camp Day 2
July 14, 2020

OWe had so much fun at Day 2 of our 6th Annual Bridge to the Beach Camp yesterday! Our incredible kiddos practiced swimming on the beach side a little and had a friendly sandcastle competition! We are exceptionally grateful for our supporters that helped us make this camp possible. Be SHORE to stay tuned to SEA our sweet kids having an amazing experience later today! 

 
 
6th Annual ATPF Bridge to the Beach Camp Shift 1
July 13, 2020

We are so excited to be here at the Santa Clara Recreation Center for our first day of the 6th Annual ATPF Bridge to the Beach Week Long Camp today! Huge thank you to the San Diego Junior Lifeguards and the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department for making this camp possible for 18 of our ATPF kiddos! These photos are from the first shift of 3 that will be happening daily. Stay tuned for more pictures later today!

 
 
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Melissa Sargent 
July 8, 2020

Huge thank you to Melissa Morgan-Sargent, Founder/President of Heart and Hooves Therapy for being our ATPF Lunch & Learn special guest today! We learned all about Melissa's inspiring story, her fantastic non-profit, and all the adorable animal team members on her farm that help people in need every day.

 
 
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Heidi Moker
July 1, 2020

We are so grateful to Heidi Moker, ATPF Volunteer & Center Director at Head Start Eternal Learning Center, for joining us all the way from Wisconsin to be our special guest at today's Lunch & Learn! Heidi shared so many great tips for families on how to practice social emotional well-being, routines and mindfulness with your children. Thank you Heidi for having a huge heart for our ATPF kids and families! 


 
 
ATPF Weekly Intern Meeting
June 29, 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!

 
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