NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS - October 28, 2020
 
PROGRESS TO DATE
MONEY RAISED IN 2020
$201,674
35% OF OPERATING BUDGET
CHILDREN SCREENED
20,602
 SAVE THE DATE & RVSP:
ATPF GIVING TUESDAY DRIVE-THROUGH 
PEP RALLY & WINTER WONDERLAND CELEBRATION
Calling all ATPF Families & Supporters! 
In the spirit of #GivingTuesday and our annual holiday Winter Wonderland, our ATPF Team is hosting a COVID-19 Pep Rally & Drive-Thru Celebration on Saturday, November 28th from 4-6 PM at the University of San Diego campus! Dress up in your favorite holiday attire, pack the family in the car, and drive by for an early evening of entertainment and wave hello to Santa Claus! Each child will collect a complimentary activity gift bag from Santa's Elves and our ATPF Team. Special thank you to Jordan Marks for being our official Grand Marshall and the catalyst behind this brilliant event for our kids and families!
CONGRATULATIONS
ATPF BOARD MEMBER LINDA ROSAS TOWNSON

 We are sending a big CONGRATS to ATPF Board Member Linda Rosas Towson! Linda was honored at the 47th Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards last night as the recipient of The San Diego Press Club's 2020 Jim Reiman Award for Outstanding Media Management. As the publisher of the San Diego News Network (SDNN), three local community weekly newspapers, and Senior Vice President of Community Media Corporation, Linda is a powerhouse in the community newspaper industry with a heart of gold, which was most recently shown by her leadership decision to give free advertising to local businesses during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. 

Since 2008, Linda has been dedicated to creating brighter futures for our children and families with autism. We are so grateful to have a community leader with integrity, generosity and kindness on our ATPF Board of Directors!

RSVP TODAY FOR LUNCH & LEARN WITH JIM LEINER
THIS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28TH AT 12 PM PST

 Our team had a wonderful day with Jim Leiner, ATPF Community Partner. Jim is the retired CEO/Founder of the Pioneer Programs, and is now focusing on a new ASD Adult training program at We Be OB Cafe. Thank you Jim for the opportunity to meet Pete Pallares of the Pedro Pallares Autism Foundation, which focuses on bringing creative, dynamic, and effective solutions that reshape the possibilities for individuals with autism and the professionals that work with them. It was exciting to tour the Pallares Foundation's yacht, the "Loveliest Lady", and talk about ways to collaborate to serve our children and families. You can learn more details at our ATPF Lunch & Learn with Jim Leiner TODAY, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28TH at 12 PM!
ZOOM MEETING ID: 844 3096 7334
PASSCODE: 618014
ATPF HOSTS DIRECTOR OF PRAYER MINISTRY, 
SECOND INTERNATIONAL GUEST SPEAKER FROM CANADA, & FOUNDER OF SIBSTRONG AT LUNCH & LEARN WEEKLY SERIES


*Click on any of the above photos to watch the guest speaker's Lunch & Learn recorded version*
We have now hosted 28 AMAZING Lunch & Learn events to date, reaching over 195 people in our Autism Tree community! Huge thank you to our special guests ATPF Volunteer & Supporter Karen Wright, Self-Care Expert Nicole Dauz, Founder & Executive Director of SibStrong Walter Suskind, and everyone who tuned in to listen to our team over the past three weeks, finding new ways to support each other in our daily lives and taking a moment to be present. We highly recommend watching these four Lunch & Learns anytime you need a little extra support to get through this time or want to learn something new. You can now access the links to all our Lunch & Learn recordings and recap emails with guest speaker resources on our website and below.



ATPF VIDEOS REACH OVER 469,200 PEOPLE
ACROSS ALL SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS
We are excited to share our amazing impact to date! ATPF has now added 235 VIDEOS to our YouTube channel, reaching over 469,200 people across ALL social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter & 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. Check on any of our video playlists below:
ATPF Lunch & Learn Weekly Series
Featured ATPF Playlist

Read with Autism Tree Daily Series

ATPF At Home
Daily Series

ATPF Virtual Food, Farming & Nutrition Program Series
SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY PARTNERS WHO SEND AMAZING VIDEOS EACH WEEK!

RSVP TODAY FOR ATPF BOOK CLUB
APEIROGON BY COLM MCCANN
Love books? Join ATPF Volunteer Danielle Levy in discussing the novel Apeirogon on Saturday, November 14th! This club meets every month to reflect on themes in the book, what we can learn from the author's writing and how we can apply those lessons to our own lives. 
We can't wait to see you there!
ATPF HIGHLIGHTS
ATPF INTERN & VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION HIGHLIGHT: RIO LACEY

We LOVE our ATPF Interns & Volunteers! We are sending out a special THANK YOU to Intern Rio Lacey for completing over 150 hours at ATPF! Rio has been a dedicated intern with ATPF since June 2019, volunteering for many of our program events such as Musical Playgroups, Padres Home Games, Adaptive Dance Classes, and more. When COVID-19 pandemic hit San Diego, Rio continued serving our kids and families virtually, taking the lead on developing our ATPF YouTube channel, which now has added 234 videos since March! Rio is a bright star on our team, and we are proud to award her with the ATPF Community Award!

CONGRATS & THANK YOU RIO FOR YOUR HUGE HEART FOR ATPF KIDS & FAMILIES!

To learn more about our new ATPF Intern & Young Volunteer Program, 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 Social Hour - Celebrate Halloween All Week!
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - Costume Contest
Thursday, October 29, 2020 - Halloween Bash Pt. 1
Friday, October 30, 2020 - Halloween Bash Pt. 2
3 PM - 4:30 PM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

We're celebrating Halloween ALL week, and we're hosting a Halloween Bash during Social Hour!   Everyone is invited to all events and can participate in as little or as much as they would like! We are also hosting a "Trick or Treat Raffle", winners will have a trick or treat package dropped off at their doorstep on Halloween! Participants can add their names to the "raffle" during the events and Friday(after social hour via email) we will announce the winners!


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

 


ATPF's Lunch & Learn with Jim Leiner
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
12 PM - 12:45 PM
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 a presentation and Q&A with Jim Leiner, ATPF Supporter and Educator, to discuss an educator's perspective during covid and his new ASD Adult training program at We Be OB Cafe. 
Questions? Call (909) 815-8520 or email rebeccab@autismtreeproject.org

 


ATPF Teen Time: Creative Wednesdays
Upcoming dates: 
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
3 PM - 4 PM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

This event is free, and there is NO RSVP required! 


Zoom info for all meeting dates: 
Meeting ID: 836-941-4324
Password: SFSD


We are excited to partner with Sensory Friendly San Diego for a Teen Time Creative Wednesdays every Wednesday for the month of November! Check in with your friends via Zoom, join us in sharing artwork, and come talk about your favorite movies.

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



 


ATPF Core Team Meeting
Thursday, October 29, 2020
5:00 PM - 6:00 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 Virtual Adaptive Dance Class: 
Fall Session (5-10 years)
Saturday, October 31, 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):
October 31
November 14, 28
December 12
10 kids maximum. Sign up for Fall Session now: https://forms.gle/tV3oxazFnqr2bW9g8


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


ATPF Virtual Reality Program: 
Engineering Workshop Series
Sunday, November 1, 2020
11 AM - 12 PM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom
ATPF is proud to partner with Ian Miller, Director of the Interactive Media Institute and University of San Diego's STEM Outreach Club to run a NEW virtual civil engineering themed workshop series for teens! Each week they'll take on a different building challenge, like earthquake proof structures, weight bearing bridges, etc. USD Students will be assembling supply kits for each workshop that will be distributed by the ATPF team or available for pick up at the ATPF Office.You won't want to miss this new teen workshop series!
Dates:
Sunday, November 1st
Sunday, November 8th

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


ATPF's Lunch & Learn with Dr. Elizabeth Torres, PhD
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
11 AM - 11:45 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 a presentation and Q&A with Dr. Elizabeth Torres, PhD to discuss her perspective on schooling during the pandemic.

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

 


ATPF Teen Time: Virtual Social Hour
Upcoming dates: 
Friday, November 6, 2020
Friday, November 13, 2020
Friday, November 20, 2020
3 PM - 4 PM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

This event is free, but you must RSVP! 

Sign up here for November 6: RSVP Link
Sign up here for November 13: RSVP Link
Sign up here for November 20: RSVP Link

We are excited to partner with Sensory Friendly San Diego for a Teen Time Social Hour every Friday for the month of October! 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 Kid's Fitness Workshop
Saturday, November 7, 2020
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

This class is free but you must RSVP here.
Join us for a workshop packed with fun, fitness activities geared for our younger ones! ATPF Kid's Fitness Workshop is a great & healthy way for kids to engage in an energetic environment through exercise.

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


ATPF Virtual Adaptive Dance Class: 
Fall Session (11-16 Years)
Saturday, November 7, 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 12, 2020! Dance classes will be every other week on Saturday's from 12-12:45pm. For kids ages 11-16. Must be able to commit to full 8 weeks.
Fall Session Schedule (Ages 11-16):
November 7, 21
December 5, 19
10 kids maximum. Sign up for Fall Session now: https://forms.gle/K8CjN5EcwhVkd6kUA


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


ATPF's Lunch & Learn with Dr. Alysson Muotri
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
12 PM - 12:45 PM
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 a presentation and Q&A with Dr. Alysson Muotri, a professor at UC San Diego .

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

 


ATPF Book Club with Danielle Levy
Saturday, November 14, 2020
11 AM - 12 PM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

This event is free, but you must RSVP! 

RSVP online today  here

Join us for a book club discussion on Apeirogon by Colum McCann! This event is for teens and adults only. Danielle will present on book themes and then pose group discussion questions. Finishing the book is not required - anyone is welcome to listen and reflect with us! You must RSVP to receive all Zoom details.
Buy the book on Amazon here: https://amzn.to/3kja319

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

 


ATPF Football Player Mentor Meet Up
Saturday, November 14, 2020
1 PM - 2:45 PM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

Come join us at our USD football player mentor meet up! ATPF kiddos will meet up with their USD football player mentor in a zoom breakout room!
New families will meet at 1-1:45 pm. Returning families will meet from 2-2:45 pm. 
Register today Here!


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


ATPF's Lunch & Learn with Rich Horner
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
12 PM - 12:45 PM
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 a presentation and Q&A with Rich Horner, ATPF Father and Supporter, who will be discussing how ABA can be a powerful tool for a child with autism's progress and sharing about his personal journey as a father to lead his son Brett toward success during shelter in place.

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

 


ATPF InHarmony Workshop
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom



Calling all Parents & Teachers! Join us for a workshop that will teach you speech and music therapy techniques to use with kids at school and home. This will help your child with social skills, motor imitation, and many more essential skills! All participants who RSVP will receive the Zoom link and Meeting ID to join.
There is a $10 participant fee.
Questions? Call (909) 815-8520 or email rebeccab@autismtreeproject.org

 


ATPF Virtual Musical Playgroup
Saturday, November 21, 2020
10:30 AM - 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 via zoom. 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 (909) 815-8520 or email rebeccab@autismtreeproject.org

 


ATPF Book Club with Danielle Levy
Saturday, November 21, 2020
11 AM - 12 PM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

This event is free, but you must RSVP! 

RSVP online today here.

In this event Danielle will be reading children's books and book-themed activities to engage kids at home!
If you would like to have a private book reading with Danielle for your child, contact here directly at Dlevy2013@cchsdons.com Or 8584149091

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

 


ATPF's Lunch & Learn with Rupert Isaacson
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
12 PM - 12:45 PM
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 a presentation and Q&A with Rupert Isaacson, who will be sharing his experience with The Horse Boy Foundation, the Horse Boy documentary, and his passion for nature and children with autism.

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

 


ATPF PHOTO ALBUMS 2020

 
ATPF Virtual Reality Program: Engineering Workshop
October 25, 2020

Thank you so much to Ian Miller from the Interactive Media Institute, Dr. Laura Rivard, and her students from the USD STEM Outreach Club for leading another amazing Engineering Workshop this weekend! Our teens had an incredible time working on their roller coasters and chatting with the USD engineering students.


 
 
ATPF Special Education Advocacy Training Workshop
October 24, 2020

Thank you so much to Michelle McGowan for leading another informative ATPF Special Education Advocacy Parent Training Workshop this weekend! Keep an eye out for a recording of this workshop which will be posted to our ATPF youtube soon!


 
 
ATPF Virtual Adaptive Dance Class
October 24, 2020

Thank you Dani from Tap Fever Studios for leading another fun Adaptive Dance Class this weekend! Our kids and families had an amazing time dancing and having fun with Dani and ATPF Intern Maritza.


 
 
ATPF Virtual Musical Playgroup
October 24, 2020

Thank you so much to the Music Therapy Center of California for leading another fun Virtual Musical Playgroup this past weekend! We had so much fun singing some fun fall and halloween songs together!


 
 
ATPF Coding Class
October 24, 2020

Thank you so much to ATPF Intern Anlin and ATPF Volunteer Hannah for leading another ATPF Coding Camp this weekend! Our teens had an amazing time learning about coding with images and creating web pages.


 
 
ATPF Adaptive Art Class
October 24, 2020

Thank you so much to ATPF Intern Morgan for leading this weeks' adaptive art class! Our kids had an amazing time decorating pumpkins and showing off their halloween costumes!


 
 
ATPF Teen Time: Social Hour
October 23, 2020

Thank you so much to Sensory Friendly San Diego for holding another Teen Time: Social Hour for our teens this past Friday! Our teens had lots of fun playing games and telling spooky stories.


 
 
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Walter Suskind
October 21, 2020

Big thank you to Walter Suskind, Founder & Executive Director of SibStrong, for being the special guest speaker at our ATPF Lunch & Learn today! We loved hearing Walter speak about his sibling experience and his amazing work at SibStrong, an organization whose purpose is to bring siblings of people with disabilities together in one place to form community, share experiences and gain resources and information to empower them in their role as siblings.


 
 
ATPF Weekly Intern Meeting
October 19, 2020

Thank you to all our ATPF Interns who came to our weekly meeting yesterday! We have 9 EVENTS happening this weekend and couldn't prepare for them without each and every intern on our team ���� Check out our upcoming events at our website: https://www.autismtreeproject.org/news-events/upcoming-events


 
 
ATPF Girls in STEM Class
October 17, 2020

Thank you so much to ATPF Volunteer & Director of our ATPF Girls in STEM Program Gianna for leading a fun workshop this Saturday! Our girls had lots of fun doing a colorful math project!



 
 
ATPF Adaptive Dance Class
October 17, 2020

Thank you so much to Dani from Tap Fever Studios for running another fun Adaptive Dance Class for our kids!



 
 
ATPF LEGO Therapy Workshop
October 17, 2020

Thank you to all of the ATPF families who came to our Virtual LEGO Therapy Playgroup this Saturday! �� We had so much fun playing a special Halloween LEGO Bingo! �� Special thank you to Volunteer Program Director of our ATPF LEGO Therapy Program, Santana Getz for making this event such a fun experience for our families!


 
 
Stanford Neurodiversity Summit
October 17, 2020

Our ATPF Team enjoyed attending the Stanford Neurodiversity Summit this past weekend! Thank you to Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD, and Stanford Neurodiversity Project for holding this incredible conference.


 
 
ATPF Teen Time: Social Hour
October 16, 2020

Thank you so much to Sensory Friendly San Diego for holding another Teen Time: Social Hour for our teens this past Friday! Our teens had lots of fun playing games and telling spooky stories.


 
 
ATPF Meeting with Lim Leiner & Pete Pallares
October 15, 2020

Our team had a wonderful day with Jim Leiner, ATPF Community Partner. Thank you Jim for the opportunity to meet Pete Pallares of the Pedro Pallares Autism Foundation, which focuses on bringing creative, dynamic, and effective solutions that reshape the possibilities for individuals with autism and the professionals that work with them. It was exciting to tour the Pallares Foundation's yacht, the "Loveliest Lady", and talk about ways to collaborate to serve our children and families. You can learn more details at our ATPF Lunch & Learn with Jim Leiner on Wednesday, October 28th!


 
 
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Nicole Dauz
October 14, 2020

Big thank you our incredible ATPF Lunch & Learn special guest speakers today: Self-Care Expert Nicole Dauz and ATPF Board Member Justin Nahama! Their honest discussion about self-care was refreshing, and we all benefited greatly from their insights and lessons learned. Stay tuned for the recorded version, coming soon!


 
 
ATPF Welcomes New Intern Makena Gordon
October 14, 2020

We are so excited to welcome new ATPF Intern Makena Gordon! Makena is a Junior and Psychology student at San Diego State University. She will be starting of her virtual internship next week. Welcome to the ATPF Intern Team Makena! 


 
 
SDSU Intern Eval Meetings 
October 13, 2020

We can't believe it's been a month since our SDSU Interns Angela and Mary began helping serve our mission at ATPF! ���� It was a great to talk with each of them today to evaluate how their internships are going and explore new special projects for them to implement in our community in the future!


 
 
ATPF Weekly Intern Meeting
October 12, 2020

We love our amazing interns! ������ It was great to see everyone at our Weekly Intern Meeting today to prepare for very FUN family events this week and weekend! Don't miss out - follow our social media channels or visit our website to stay in the know of what's happening at ATPF.



 
 
ATPF Kids Fitness Class
October 10, 2020

Thank you so much to ATPF-USD Intern Anica Tillu for leading our first ever ATPF Kids Fitness Class! Our kids families had so much fun doing simple exercises with their families!



 
 
ATPF Virtual Book Club
October 10, 2020

Thank you so much to ATPF Volunteer Danielle Levy for hosting another incredible ATPF Book Club! We had an insightful conversation about the Catcher in the Rye! Keep an eye out for the recording of the book club- coming soon!



 
 
ATPF Football Meet-up
October 10, 2020

Thank you to all of our ATPF kids and families who joined us via zoom to meet up with their player mentors for the 2020 season. Go Toreros! ����

We still have USD Football Players who would love to be a mentor to our ATPF kids! There is still time to give your kid the gift of a supportive mentor - sign up for this program today by calling 909-815-8520 or emailing RebeccaB@autismtreeproject.org.


 
 
ATPF Adaptive Dance Class
October 10, 2020

Thank you Dani from Tap Fever Studios for running a fun ATPF Adaptive Dance Class for our kids and families this past weekend!



 
 
ATPF Teen Time: Virtual Social Hour
October 9, 2020

Thank you so much to Sensory Friendly San Diego for holding another Teen Time: Social Hour for our teens this past Friday! Our teens had lots of fun playing games, hearing spooky stories and completing a fun DIY activity.



 
 
GT Pep Rally Committee Planning Meeting
October 9, 2020

Last Friday, our team had our first ever planning committee meeting for the ATPF Giving Tuesday Pep Rally & Winter Wonderland Drive Thru happening on Saturday, November 28th! Huge thank you to Jordan Marks for being our official Grand Marshall and the catalyst behind this brilliant event for our kids and families. 



 
 
GT Pep Rally Committee Planning Meeting
October 9, 2020

Last Friday, our team had our first ever planning committee meeting for the ATPF Giving Tuesday Pep Rally & Winter Wonderland Drive Thru happening on Saturday, November 28th! Huge thank you to Jordan Marks for being our official Grand Marshall and the catalyst behind this brilliant event for our kids and families. 



 
 
APTF Meeting with Dr. Fernanda Penunuri of NHR
October 8, 2020

We had a wonderful meeting today with Dr. Fernanda Penunuri, Physical Therapist and Owner of Neuro Home Rehabilitation! Dr. Penunuri provides in-home physical therapy for patients with neurological disorders. We are so grateful to have her as a resource to our community and look forward to future collaboration! 



 
 
APTF Partners with ExtendaTouch
October 7, 2020

We had a great meeting with Andy Cramer, CEO & Co-Founder of ExtendaTouch today. We loved learning more about this new online service for caregivers and how we can partner together to better serve the global autism community. Special thank you to ATPF Board Member Justin Nahama for connecting us with Andy. We look forward to future collaboration...stay tuned for more details!



 
 
APTF Lunch & Learn with Karen Wright
October 7, 2020

We had a very special Lunch & Learn with Karen Wright today! Thank you Karen for sharing your strength, faith, LOVE and light with our community for 16 years! Stay tuned for our recording soon...if you want to smile, we recommend you watch Karen's presentation! 



 
 
APTF Weekly Intern Meeting
October 5, 2020

We had a wonderful Weekly Intern Meeting yesterday, preparing for this week's fun family events and brainstorming holiday themed activity ideas to record on video for kids and families to do at home. �� We hope you all have a great week!


 
 
APTF Adaptive Dance Class
October 3, 2020

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


 
 
APTF Teen Time: Social Hour 
October 2, 2020

Our teens had so much fun this Friday at our ATPF Teen Time: Social Hour! Special thank you to Sensory Friendly San Diego for leading this fun events for our teens every Friday for the month of October!


 
 
APTF Typers Meet Up
October 2, 2020

Big thank you to ATPF Mom Shelly Lana & ATPF Teen Otto for hosting another fun Typers Zoom Meet-Up this week! We can't wait for the next one!


 
 
APTF Lunch & Learn with Jon Hickey
September 30, 2020

We had an uplifting and heartwarming ATPF Lunch & Learn with Jon Hickey, Volunteer Director of the ATPF-USD Athletic Programs since 2008, earlier this week. With Dr. Suess quotes, Jon shared the BEST stories of our ATPF kids and the amazing connections they have built with their USD Football and Baseball Player Mentors over the years. Thank you Jon for your continued dedication and heart of gold that keeps giving our ATPF Family strength and smiles during this time.


 
 
APTF Weekly Intern Meeting
September 28, 2020

We had a fantastic ATPF Weekly Intern Meeting last night with our growing team! We welcomed new interns Jessica Garcia from San Diego State University and Nancy Daniel from Pacific Lutheran University and thanked all our interns who helped us achieve our virtual auction goal of $20,000 this past weekend!! We are so grateful for our amazing intern team!


 
 
APTF Virtual Hearts & Hooves Workshop
September 26, 2020

Thank you so much to Melissa Sargent, ATPF Community Partner and Founder of Heart and Hooves Therapy, and ATPF Community Partner 1 Fur 1 Foundation for leading an incredible Virtual Heart and Hooves Workshop for our families this past weekend!


 
 
APTF Girls in STEM Virtual Workshop
September 26, 2020

Thank you so much to Director of the ATPF Girls in STEM Program Michelle Ripol for running our Girls in STEM Workshop this weekend! Our girls had an incredible time working on binary coding!


 
 
APTF Virtual Musical Playgroup
September 26, 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!


 
 
APTF Teen Time: Social Hour
September 25, 2020

Our teens has so much fun this Friday at our ATPF Teen Time: Social Hour! Special thank you to Sensory Friendly San Diego for leading this fun event for our teens every Friday for the month of October!


 
 
APTF Lunch & Learn with Dave Ericson 
September 23, 2020

We are sending a big thank you to Dave Ericson, ATPF Volunteer, Landscape Architect and "Heaven's Gardener" for being our special guest at our Lunch & Learn this week! Dave has a huge heart and radiates kindness everywhere he goes, plus he is an expert on all things organic landscaping! We had a blast talking with him - stay tuned for the recorded version coming soon!


 
 
APTF Adaptive Dance Class: Fall Session
September 19, 2020

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


 
 
APTF Teen Time: Virtual Social Hour
September 18, 2020

Our teens had so much fun this Friday at our ATPF Teen Time: Social Hour! Special thank you to Sensory Friendly San Diego for leading this fun event for our teens every Friday for the month of September!


 
 
APTF Lunch & Learn with Dr. Lawrence Fung of Stanford University 
September 16, 2020

Huge thank you to Lawrence Fung, M.D, Ph.D from Stanford University for being a special guest speaker on our ATPF Lunch & Learn yesterday! Dr. Fung is Director of the Stanford Neurodiversity Project, and it was fascinating and inspiring to learn about all the work he and his team have been doing to advance the autism community. You don't want to miss this one! Recorded version coming soon...


 
 
Welcome New ATPF Intern Nancy
September 15, 2020

We are so excited to welcome Nancy Daniel to our ATPF Intern Team! Kristina is a Senior at Pacific Lutheran University in Washington, majoring in Sociology. She aspires to work with children with autism someday and is looking forward to connecting with our families! Welcome to the team, Nancy!


 
 
ATPF Weekly Intern Meeting 
September 14, 2020

We are so excited to introduce you to our NEW Fall 2020 Interns: Angela, Abby, and Ivan! Angela and Abby are both Juniors and Child & Family Development majors at San Diego State University and Ivan is a Communications major at University of San Diego. We loved getting to know each of them at our Weekly Intern Meeting today. Welcome to the team Abby, Angela and Ivan!


 
 
ATPF- USD Football Player Mentor Program Meet & Greet
September 12, 2020

Our 12th Annual USD Football Player Mentor Program Virtual Meet & Greet was a big success! Thank you to all of our ATPF kids and families who joined us via zoom to meet their player mentors for the 2020 season. Go Toreros! ����

We still have USD Football Players who would love to be a mentor to our ATPF kids! There is still time to give your kid the gift of a supportive mentor - sign up for this program today by calling 909-815-8520 or emailing RebeccaB@autismtreeproject.org.



 
 
ATPF Virtual Adaptive Dance: Fall Session
September 12, 2020

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


 
 
ATPF Teen Time: Virtual Social Hour
September 11, 2020

Our teens had an awesome time this weekend at our ATPF Teen Time: Social Hour! Special thank you to Sensory Friendly San Diego for leading this fun event for our teens every Friday for the month of September!


 
 
ATPF USD Pairing Meeting
September 10, 2020

We had a great player pairing meeting for our upcoming 12th Annual ATPF-USD Football Player Mentor Program VIRTUAL Meet & Greet coming up this Saturday, September 12th! Thank you to Jon Hickey, Ben, Kama and Daniel for a productive meeting! If you would like your kid/teen to be paired up with a USD Football player for the season, contact RebeccaB@autismtreeproject.org or call 619-222-4465. Go USD Toreros!


 
 
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Francisco Paiva Jr. 
September 9, 2020

We were honored to have our first ever International Special Guest, Francisco Paiva Junior join us from Brazil ���� via Zoom to speak on today's ATPF Lunch & Learn! Thank you to everyone from all over the globe �� who tuned in to hear Francisco share his story and the new social media platform he founded specifically for the autism community called TISMOO.me. �� Be sure to watch the recorded version to stay in-the-know of this incredible app's exciting developments! More pictures and the recorded version coming soon...stay tuned!


 
 
ATPF Weekly Intern Meeting
September 8, 2020

We had a great ATPF Weekly Intern Meeting today! �� Special thank you to PLNU Intern Morgan and SDSU Intern Daniel for all their hard work each week managing our LinkedIn, Twitter, and reaching out to families to let them know of upcoming virtual events!


 
 
ATPF Lunch & Learn Planning Meeting with Rich Horner September 2, 2020

We are excited to announce ATPF Father & Supporter Rich Horner will be our Lunch & Learn special guest on Wednesday, November 18th! We had an amazing meeting with Rich and ATPF Board Member Justin Nahama yesterday discussing Rich's topic: how ABA can be a powerful tool for a child with autism's progress, and sharing about his personal journey as a father to lead his son Brett toward success during shelter in place.

 
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