NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS - June 15, 2020
 
PROGRESS TO DATE
MONEY RAISED IN 2020
$133,140
23% OF OPERATING BUDGET
CHILDREN SCREENED
20,602
$18,000 GRANT AWARDED TO ATPF FROM CARLSBAD CHARITABLE FOUNDATION 




ATPF is thrilled to announce that we were one of seven organizations selected to receive a grant award from the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation during their 2020 cycle! The $18,000 grant will support the ATPF Early Intervention Preschool Screening Program and provide screenings and Red Flags trainings to low-income preschoolers and educators in North County San Diego.
THANK YOU ANONYMOUS DONOR 
FOR GIVING $10,000 TO ATPF

ATPF extends our sincere gratitude to the Anonymous donor who contributed $10,000 to support our operations! This incredibly generous gift will make a tremendous difference in our ability to continue serving thousands of children and families impacted by autism during this global pandemic. We are eternally grateful for your support!
CONGRATULATIONS TO 2020 GRADUATES: 
ATPF TEENS VINCENT, GAGE & AVERY!






We are sending a huge CONGRATULATIONS to ATPF Teens Vincent Ghio, Gage Leslie & Avery Leslie for graduating high school! Vincent, Gage & Leslie have been in our ATPF Family since they were little kids, and we were so blessed to watch them grow up in our community programs and services. We are incredibly proud to watch them thrive and happy to celebrate with their families in this amazing life milestone accomplishment!
ATPF SUPPORTS CREATING BRIGHTER FUTURES FOR ALL FAMILIES AFFECTED BY AUTISM

ATPF VIDEOS REACH OVER 268,000 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 108 VIDEOS to our YouTube channel, reaching over 268,000 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.
How to Make an Apple Crumb Cake with ATPF-NCL Volunteer Ariana Bertino
How to Make an Apple Crumb Cake with ATPF-NCL Volunteer Ariana Bertino
Simple Science Experiment with ATPF-NCL Volunteer Kate Scholey
Simple Science Experiment with ATPF-NCL Volunteer Kate Scholey
ATPF-NCL Volunteers Georgene & Kate Share How to Plant Sunflower Seeds
ATPF-NCL Volunteers Georgene & Kate Share How to Plant Sunflower Seeds
ROCK Your World Activity with ATPF-NCL Volunteers Reese & Kelly
ROCK Your World Activity with ATPF-NCL Volunteers Reese & Kelly
ATPF-NCL Volunteers Robbie & Claire Share How to make Face Expression Puppets
ATPF-NCL Volunteers Robbie & Claire Share How to Make Face Expression Puppets
How to Paint by Numbers with ATPF-NCL Volunteer Talia Bertino
How to Paint by Numbers with ATPF-NCL Volunteer Talia Bertino
How to make a Felt Scarf with ATPF Volunteer Hunter Luedde
How to make a Felt Scarf with ATPF-NCL Volunteer Hunter Luedde
Easy DIY Craft with ATPF USD Intern Andrew Carstensen
Easy DIY Craft with ATPF USD Intern Andrew Carstensen
ATPF PARENT MENTORS & PROFESSIONALS 
MICHELLE MCGOWAN & DR. TRACY SHEPLER  SHARE EXPERTISE DURING  ATPF LUNCH & LEARN WEEKLY SERIES





We are feeling both empowered and more balanced after our past two ATPF Lunch & Learns! Huge thank you to our special guests Michelle McGowan, Dr. Tracy Shepler, and everyone who took the time to share gratitude, positive comments, and connect with our community members. 
We have now hosted 9 AMAZING Lunch & Learn events to date!
We are especially excited to have Vincent & Helen Ghio be our special guest speakers at next week's Lunch & Learn.  RSVP Today 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.
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
WELCOME NEW ATPF SUMMER INTERNS


We LOVE our ATPF Interns & Volunteers! We will be recognizing and highlighting interns or volunteers in every e-newsletter - this week we are sending a BIG welcome to our NEW Summer ATPF Interns: Alexandria Darling & Greta Watson! Alexandria is a Hospitality & Tourism Management Major at San Diego State University, and Greta is a Communications Major at the University of San Diego. We are very excited about the diverse strengths and skill sets they each bring and are so grateful for their help with virtual projects and tasks that serve our community. We love their passion for kids and families with autism and blessed to have each of them on our ATPF Team! 

WELCOME TO THE TEAM ALEXANDRIA & GRETA!
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 and Learn with Vincent & Helen Ghio
Wednesday, June 17, 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/ATPFLunchLearn10 

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 Vincent Ghio, ATPF Teen, and his mother Helen Ghio, ATPF Parent Mentor & Volunteer Director of our School & Education Resources Program. Vincent and Helen will be sharing recommendations for important strategies and ways for kids and parents to cope during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Questions? Call (909) 815-8520 or email  rebeccab@autismtreeproject.org

 


ATPF's Intern & Volunteer Training 
Thursday, June 18, 2020
4 PM - 5 PM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

RSVP online toda y at https://forms.gle/sARQ7Qfm2JMnfANs9

ATPF is excited to partner with Breena Hayman, Speech-Language Pathologist, to provide a training to all our volunteers and interns! This virtual training is open to both new and returning volunteers and interns.
Questions? Call (909) 815-8520 or email  rebeccab@autismtreeproject.org

 


ATPF's Teen Time: Virtual Social Hour
Friday, June 19, 2020
Friday, June 26, 2020
3 PM - 4 PM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

This event is FREE but you must RSVP!
RSVP here for June 19 https://forms.gle/wCPj189iZ2oo9idS8
RSVP here for June 26: https://forms.gle/u7BqiBRbXDB42pks7

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

 


ATPF Virtual Adaptive Dance Class
Saturday, June 20, 2020
Saturday, June 27, 2020
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

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

RSVP here for June 20 : https://forms.gle/b5ZEjJSSyk38mCPp6
RSVP here for June 27: https://forms.gle/WTHYYQiLUKenJsxy6

 
Be safe and have fun dancing!

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


 


ATPF Virtual Special Education Advocacy Workshop
Saturday, June 20, 2020 
12 PM - 1 PM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

We are excited to provide a NEW branch of our ATPF Parent Mentor Program, once a month Special Education Advocacy Workshops! Led by Volunteer Director of our Parent Mentor Program & Special Education Advocate Michelle McGowan, join us in a community of parents learning and sharing as we all navigate distancing learning.

This workshop is free, but you must RSVP here:


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

 


ATPF Family Yoga Class with Tessa & Theresa
Sunday, June 21, 2020 
10 AM - 11 AM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

Join us via Zoom Sunday, June 21st at 10 AM for a yoga class instructed by ATPF USD Intern Tessa & ATPF Volunteer Theresa! For all levels & abilities, including kids.

It's free to join - have fun with the whole family!

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

 


ATPF Virtual Girls in STEM Workshop
Saturday, June 20, 2020 
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

We are excited to offer our ATPF Girls in STEM Workshop, hosted by Program Director Emily Zhong - this time hosted completely online using Zoom!! A URL link, meeting ID, and password will be shared with all participants who RSVP. All you have to do is click the link and sign in with the information provided in reminder emails. It's free and you can participate from computer, ipad or phone (you would need to download the app to use a phone).


This workshop is free, but you must RSVP here: https://forms.gle/AAv8zkwxS5Fipb1p6


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

 


ATPF Virtual Core Team Meeting 
Thursday, June 25, 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? Email RebeccaB@autismtreeproject.org or call/text 909-815-8520.

 


ATPF Virtual Musical Playgroup
Saturday, June 27, 2020
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

T his event is free, but you must RSVP! 

Sign up here for June 27th: https://forms.gle/KTNroMQyXgjCauwL9

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 619-222-4465 or Email  rebeccab@autismtreeproject.org

 


ATPF's Lunch and 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 at https://bit.ly/ATPFLunchLearn12

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's Lunch and Learn with Giacomo Vivanti, Ph.D.
Wednesday, July 15, 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/ATPFLunchLearn13

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's Lunch and 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 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 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 Lunch & Learn with Michelle McGowan
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!

 

ATPF Special Education Advocacy Workshop
May 30, 2020

Huge thank you to Volunteer Director of the Parent Mentor Program & Special Education Advocate Michelle McGowan for leading a fantastic first ATPF Special Education Advocacy Workshop yesterday for our parents! These valuable workshops will be offered via Zoom monthly - we are looking forward to our next one on June 20th!

 

ATPF Virtual Heart & Hooves Therapy Workshop
May 30, 2020

Huge thank you to ATPF Community Partner Heart and Hooves Therapy for hosting a virtual workshop for our children and families yesterday! We had so much fun learning about different animals around the ranch and playing games!

 

ATPF Teen Time: Social Hour
May 29, 2020

Big thank you to Xenia and Kelsey from Sensory Friendly San Diego for leading another awesome ATPF Teen Time: Social Hour last week! We were so thankful to partner with this wonderful organization every Friday for the month of May and look forward to keep working together in the future!

 

ATPF Lunch & Learn with Otto Lana
May 27, 2020

Huge thank you to everyone who tuned in to our ATPF Virtual Core Team Meeting today! Special thank you to Marilee Burgeson for leading a calming, meditative inspiration - your message on compassion and connection was much needed. We had fun connecting with you all and celebrating our 2020 graduates! 

 

ATPF Lunch & Learn with Otto Lana
May 27, 2020

Our hearts are full after today's ATPF Lunch & Learn with teen Otto Lana, his mother Shelly Lana, and his Speech-Language Pathologist Darlene Hanson. Huge thank you to our special guests and everyone who took the time to tune in to hear Otto's inspiring journey. We will be sharing the recorded version later today!

 

ATPF Parent Advocacy Training Workshop
May 22, 2020

Huge thank you to ATPF Community Partner Matthew Storey from the Law Offices of Schwartz & Storey for hosting a virtual ATPF Parent Advocacy Training this month! We are grateful to work together to provide our families with the knowledge needed to advocate for a better education for their children with special needs. A recorded version will be shared this week - stay tuned!

 

ATPF Virtual LEGO Therapy Workshop
May 22, 2020

Huge thank you to ATPF Volunteer Director of our ATPF LEGO Therapy Program Santana Getz for hosting a virtual workshop for our children and families last week! We had so much fun practicing communication through building LEGO's! Special thank you to ATPF Intern Jonnica for capturing these cute pictures of our impact!

 

ATPF Teen Time: Social Hour
May 22, 2020

Two weeks ago, we had a fantastic time at our ATPF Teen Time: Social Hour with Sensory Friendly San Diego! Big thank you to this community partner for hosting these fun workshops for our teens!

 

ATPF Virtual Adaptive Dance Class
May 21, 2020

Big thank you to Tap Fever Studios for hosting our ATPF Adaptive Dance Classes! We are excited to continue providing these classes weekly on Saturdays at 12pm for the month of June

 

ATPF Welcomes SDSU Intern Cameron Hensley
May 21, 2020

We are so excited to welcome new intern Cameron Hensley! Cameron is a Junior and Public Health student at San Diego State University. Yesterday was his first day of his virtual internship. Welcome to the ATPF Intern Team Cameron!

 

ATPF Lunch & Learn with Marilee Burgeson, CCC-SLP
May 20, 2020

Huge thank you to ATPF Volunteer & Speech-Language Pathologist Marilee Burgeson for brightly shining her light, love and positivity at our Lunch & Learn today!  Marilee's message about Being Present was an absolute blessing that we all needed to hear and we are so grateful she shared from her heart. Thanks to everyone who joined us today! A recording of today's event will be shared very soon.

 

ATPF Welcomes New Intern Jonnica
May 19, 2020

We are so excited to welcome new intern Jonnica Gonzalez! Jonnica is a Freshman and Psychology student at San Diego State University. Today was her first day of her now virtual internship. Welcome to the ATPF Intern Team Jonnica!
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ATPF-NCL Girls Mentor Virtual Social Hour
May 17, 2020

Our girls had so much fun at our first ever Virtual ATPF-NCL Girls Mentor Social Hour this past Sunday! Huge thank you to ATPF Volunteer Program Liaison Marilee Burgeson for leading this meeting and special thanks to ATPF Supporter Gloria Muriel for sharing her coloring page activity with our girls!

 

ATPF Musical Playgroup
May 16, 2020

Huge thank you to the amazing Angie Biehl from the The Music Therapy Center of California for leading a fun and upbeat ATPF Musical Playgroup this past Saturday for our children and families!

 

Welcome ATPF Summer Intern Victoria Aragon
May 18, 2020

Right before shelter in place took effect, our team had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing new summer intern Victoria Aragon! Victoria is a Junior at the The University of Texas at Austin in the College of Special Education. Today was her first day of her now virtual internship. Welcome to the ATPF Intern Team Victoria!

 

ATPF Teen Time: Virtual Social Hour
May 15, 2020

Our teens had fun socializing and playing a virtual game last Friday at our ATPF Teen Time: Social Hour! Big thank you to Sensory Friendly San Diego for leading this weekly hour for our teens!

 

ATPF Adaptive Dance Class
May 14, 2020

Our families were having so much fun yesterday at our ATPF Adaptive Dance Class! Special thank you to Tap Fever Studios for giving our kids and families the opportunity to practice fun movement dances and games at home!

 

ATPF Teen Time: Virtual Reality Workshop
May 12, 2020

Huge thank you to ATPF Volunteer Cristina Guerra for being our special guest speaker at our ATPF Teen Time: Virtual Reality Workshop this week! She did an amazing presentation on "Traveling the States". Special thank you to Ian Miller from the Interactive Media Institute, a 501c3 non-profit for leading another fun gathering for our teens! 

 

ATPF Lunch & Learn with Jeff Snyder
May 13, 2020

Huge thank you to ATPF Supporter & Autism Self-Advocate Jeff Snyder for sharing his inspiring story and valuable advice at our Lunch & Learn today! Special shout out and thank you to ATPF Supporter Gary Snyder and everyone who engaged with awesome comments and questions. We were so happy you all could join us! A recording of today's event will be shared very soon...stay tuned!

 

ATPF Ready, Set, Go! Workshop
May 9, 2020

Huge thank you to Michele Jodock, CEO of Vantage Point for leading an amazing virtual ATPF Virtual Ready, Set, Go! Workshop last Saturday for our older teens and young adults! This very informative workshop shared lots of tips and advice for how to harness their skills to find a job or career they love!


 

ATPF Teen Time: Social Hour
May 8, 2020

Big thank you to ATPF Community Partner Sensory Friendly San Diego for hosting another Teen Time: Social Hour last Friday!


 

ATPF Typers Zoom Meet-Up
May 6, 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!


 

ATPF Lunch & Learn with Matthew Storey
May 6, 2020

We had an amazing ATPF Lunch & Learn today with Community Partner & Partner at the Law Offices of Schwartz & Storey, Matthew Storey! Thank you Matthew for sharing your valuable insight and perspective on special education and distance learning during this time. Special shout out and thanks to ATPF Board Members Justin Nahama and Alexandra Taccone for joining us!


 

ATPF Virtual LEGO Therapy Sessions
May 2, 2020

Thank you to ATPF Volunteer Santana Getz for hosting another fun Virtual LEGO Therapy Session for our kids and families last weekend!

 

ATPF Virtual Adaptive Dance Class
April 29, 2020

Big thank you to ATPF Community Partner Tap Fever Studios for hosting a super fun Adaptive Dance Class for our kids and families yesterday! 

 

ATPF Lunch & Learn with Board Member Justin Nahama
April 29, 2020

We had an incredible ATPF Lunch & Learn today with Board Member Justin Nahama! Thank you Justin for sharing your valuable insight and perspective on our current situation, both globally and locally. Special shout out and thanks to ATPF Board Members Laura Bonafede Odom and Alexandra Taccone, and the many community partners, professionals and parents for their engaging questions and comments. We were so happy you all could join us!

 
ATPF Virtual Musical Playgroup
April 25, 2020

Big thank you to the Julie Guy, Music Therapist and Owner of the Music Therapy Center of California for leading another fun virtual playgroup for our kids and families this weekend!

 
ATPF Teen Time: Social Hour
April 24, 2020

Thank you Sensory Friendly San Diego for hosting another fun ATPF Teen Time: Social Hour for our teens and young adults today!


 

ATPF Virtual Core Team Meeting
April 23, 2020

Big thank you to everyone who joined our first ATPF Virtual Core Team Meeting today!!  We loved seeing the faces of all new and returning volunteers, supporters, and community partners on Zoom. Special thank you to Garret Hoff for leading an inspiration on persistence! A recorded version will be shared soon if you missed it - stay connected! #ATPFconnections


 
ATPF Adaptive Dance Class
April 23, 2020

Big thank you to everyone who joined us at our ATPF Adaptive Dance Class today! We had so much fun dancing with Larisa Hall, Owner of Tap Fever Studios.

 
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Bobbi Hanna, COTA/L
April 22, 2020

Our second ATPF Lunch & Learn was a big success today! Huge thank you to Bobbi Hanna, COTA/L and everyone in our community who tuned in to have an in-depth discussion, question and answer on advice and resources parents can use with their kids (and themselves) to keep moving forward every day. A recording of today's event will be shared soon...stay tuned!

 
ATPF Teen Time: Virtual Reality Workshop
April 21, 2020

Our teens had a blast at our ATPF Teen Time: Virtual Reality Workshop this week! Big thank you to Ian Miller from Interactive Media Institute for leading this workshop, and to ATPF Teen Lizzy Sweeten for being our featured guest speaker and presenting on Greek Mythology!

 

ATPF attends Stanford University Webinar
Featuring Dr. Hackie Reitman
April 20, 2020

Special thanks to Dr. Lawrence Fung and his team at the Stanford University Neurodiversity Project for hosting a Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity webinar today, featuring guest speaker Dr. Hackie Reitman, M.D. of Different Brains, Inc. We loved listening to his topic, "Fighting For Our Different Brains", which was very inspiring and informative! 

 

ATPF Virtual LEGO Therapy Sessions
April 18, 2020

Big thank you to ATPF Volunteer Program Director of our LEGO workshops Santana Getz for leading our first ever virtual LEGO sessions last Saturday! Our kids and families had so much fun building legos and practicing communication!! 

 
ATPF Teen Time: Social Hour
April 17, 2020

We are so grateful to have Sensory Friendly San Diego as an ATPF Community Partner! Big thank you to Xenia and Kelsey for leading a fun social hour for our ATPF Teens on April 17!

 
ATPF Team Meeting 
April 17, 2020

We had a fantastic team meeting last Friday getting pumped up for our next ATPF Lunch & Learn with Bobbi Hanna this Wednesday, April 22nd after an amazing launch last week, and for our ATPF Core Team Meeting this Thursday, April 23rd (with inspiration led by ATPF Intern & Volunteer Program Director Garret Hoff)! We look forward to seeing you all again this week! 

 

ATPF Typers Zoom Meet Up
April 15, 2020

We had another awesome ATPF Typers Meet Up via Zoom this afternoon! Big thank you to ATPF Mom Shelly Lana and ATPF Teen Otto Lana for hosting this meet up. We can't wait for the next one!

 
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