NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS - August 5, 2020
 
PROGRESS TO DATE
MONEY RAISED IN 2020
$150,279
26% OF OPERATING BUDGET
CHILDREN SCREENED
20,602
ATPF BOARD MEMBER LINDA TOWNSON RAISES OVER $6,500 
FOR ATPF AT 4TH ANNUAL 1K SUMMER FUN RUN

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 4th Annual 1K Summer Fun Run fundraiser in late July (COVID-19 style), raising over $6,500 for ATPF! 
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 RECEIVES $5,000 GIFT 
IN HONOR OF SUE DICKEY



We are sending our sincere thanks and gratitude to Don Dickey, the brother of ATPF Volunteer Executive Director Dayna Hoff, for choosing to honor his late wife Sue Dickey by making a donation to ATPF. Don and his team at Alliance Roofing came together to gift $5,000 to ATPF. This generous contribution will provide more than 20 free programs to thousands of families impacted by autism.

CONGRATULATIONS 
TO ATPF DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT 
LISA KAUFMANN ON HER NEW BABY BOY



We are sending out a BIG CONGRATS to ATPF Director of Development Lisa Kaufmann and her husband Aaron Kaufmann on their new baby boy! We are sending out extra love to Lisa and Aaron as they celebrate the joy of the new addition to their family, baby Calvin David Kaufmann!
ATPF AWARDED $1,500 GRANT FROM THE 
SAMUEL I. & JOHN HENRY FOX FOUNDATION

A tremendous thank you goes to the Samuel I. & John Henry Fox Foundation for their $1,500 grant award to ATPF! This funding will support ATPF's Ignite Every Child Movement, which believes every child deserves a brighter future through our free Early Intervention Preschool Screening Program. With the support of the Fox Foundation, 42 Head Start preschoolers will receive free developmental screenings in an effort to ensure they have the tools necessary for kindergarten readiness.
COVID-19 RESPONSE TIMELINE TO DATE



**Click on any of the above infographic pictures to view the full PDF Version with links to resources listed on the timeline**
 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!
ADAM LANSER & VENUS DAVID BRING NEW PERSPECTIVES 
TO ATPF LUNCH & LEARN WEEKLY SERIES






*Click on any of the above photos to watch the guest speaker's Lunch & Learn recorded version*
We are feeling open-minded and creative after our past two ATPF Lunch & Learns! Huge thank you to our special guests Adam Lanser, Venus David, M.Ed., L.B.S., and everyone who tuned in to listen to our team, reflect on how to keep moving forward and discover new perspectives and ideas offered in our Autism Tree Community. These two Lunch & Learns were very fascinating and informative - we highly recommend watching anytime you need to take a break or want to learn something new.
We have now hosted 16 AMAZING Lunch & Learn events to date, reaching over 160 people in our Autism Tree community! We are especially excited to have Andres Amador be our next special guest speaker at TODAY'S Lunch & Learn. 
Join us TODAY, AUGUST 5TH at 12 PM on Zoom
Meeting ID: 813 3233 9025
Password: 618014
RSVP now by clicking on the flyer below:
If you missed any, click on any of the pictures below to watch the recorded version!
ATPF Lunch & Learn with ATPF Board Member, Supporter & Mother Wendy Garafalo
ATPF Lunch & Learn with ATPF Board Member, Supporter & Mother Wendy Garafalo
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Bobbi Hanna, COTA/L
ATPF Lunch & Learn with 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 ATPF 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 Marilee Burgeson, MA, CCC-SLP
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Otto Lana
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Otto Lana
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Michelle McGowan, Special Education Advocate
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Michelle McGowan, Special Education Advocate
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Dr. Tracy Shepler, Psy.D. & B.C.B.A.
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Dr. Tracy Shepler, Psy.D. & B.C.B.A.
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Helen & Vincent Ghio
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Helen & Vincent Ghio
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Pablo Fernandez
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Pablo Fernandez
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Heidi Moker
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Heidi Moker
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Melissa Sargent
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Melissa Sargent
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Giacomo Vivanti, Ph.D.
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Giacomo Vivanti, Ph.D.
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Adam Lanser
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Adam Lanser
ATPF VIDEOS REACH OVER 325,000 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 158 VIDEOS to our YouTube channel, reaching over 325,000 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 Sheila:
Storytime with ATPF BTC Volunteer Sheila: "Love you Forever"
Storytime with Benjamin:
Storytime with ATPF BTC Volunteer Benjamin: "Super Fly Guy"
Storytime with Nathan:
Storytime with ATPF BTC Volunteer Nathan: "How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?"
Storytime with Aryan:
Storytime with ATPF BTC Volunteer Aryan: "The Wonky Donkey"
Easy Popcorn Cookie Recipe
Easy Popcorn Cookie Recipe with ATPF USD Intern Andrew
How to: Diamond Painting
How to: Diamond Painting with ATPF-NCL Volunteer Addison
EXPLODING Volcano DIY
EXPLODING Volcano DIY with ATPF Volunteer Lena
Storytime with Zachary:
Storytime with ATPF-BTC Volunteer Zachary: "Sun is Falling, Night is Calling"
SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY PARTNERS WHO SEND AMAZING VIDEOS EACH WEEK!


RSVP TODAY FOR ATPF BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION 
LED BY VOLUNTEER DANIELLE LEVY
SATURDAY, AUGUST 8, 2020
Join the ATPF Virtual Book Club with Volunteer Danielle Levy

Calling all avid book readers! You are invited to join us at our ATPF Book Club, which will be led by ATPF Volunteer Danielle Levy. Watch Danielle's short video above to learn more about why she chose Rain of Gold by Victor VillaseƱor and Danielle's thoughts on the power of literature. Though the full book is definitely worth the read, you do not need to finish the whole book in order to join our Book Club discussion on Saturday, August 1st. We hope to see you there!
Questions? Contact RebeccaB@autismtreeproject.org.
10TH ANNUAL ATPF-NCL GIRLS SUMMER ART CAMP
KICKS OFF VIRTUALLY WITH PINTEREST FUN


Our 10th Annual ATPF Girls Virtual Summer Art Camp kicked off last week on August 1st via Zoom - and was a huge success! Each of our ATPF girls loved socializing and getting creative with our volunteer NCL Mentors by collaborating and creating Pinterest Boards. Each week will feature a different art theme with activities that are easy to follow along with at home. Click on the links below to sign up for a session:


Huge thank you to the Mothers and Daughters of ATPF Community Partners National Charity League Del Sol Chapter for leading this online art camp for our girls!

Limited to 6 ATPF girls per week, ages 12+. 
Questions? Contact RebeccaB@autismtreeproject.org. 
16 CANDLES VIRTUAL AUCTION
WE NEED YOUR WINE & CHAMPAGNE DONATIONS!

WE NEED 32 MORE BOTTLES FOR OUR WINE & CHAMPAGNE PULL 
AT OUR 16 CANDLES VIRTUAL AUCTION

We need 32 more bottles to 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!
SCRUB CAPS NEEDED FOR #AUTISMTREECARES SCRIPPS MERCY HOSPITAL CHULA VISTA PROJECT
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
We are proud to help the hospital staff taking care of those 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!

If you know how to sew, know someone who can sew, we would love YOUR help in collecting scrub cap donations! See below for a a special update from ATPF Artist, Author & International Ambassador Joel Anderson about our ATPF Scrub Caps Challenge:
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

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 & VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION HIGHLIGHT: KAT GREENE


We LOVE our ATPF Interns & Volunteers! We are sending out a special THANK YOU and farewell to Kat Greene, past ATPF Program Assistant, Intern & Volunteer! Kat has been a dedicated volunteer with ATPF since December 2014, and during this time has volunteered at hundreds of ATPF events, devoted more than 1,000 volunteer hours (saving the foundation over $25,430), AND led our annual ATPF Bridge to the Beach Program as an ATPF Liaison. Kat has been an incredible leader and role model to many of our young volunteers and interns. She graduated from Academy of Our Lady of Peace, plans on attending University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in the Fall to major in Neuroscience and minor in Disability Studies, and recently led an insightful inspiration at our last ATPF July Core Team Meeting. Congratulations Kat on all that you've accomplished at ATPF - we are so proud of and grateful for YOU - and can't wait to see what your bright future holds!

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

ATPF UPCOMING PROGRAMS, SERVICES & EVENTS


ATPF's Lunch & Learn with Andres Amador
Wednesday, August 5, 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/ATPFLunchLearn17

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 Earthscape Artist & ATPF Supporter Andres Amador, who will be sharing his story, background in Earthscape art,  and sharing more about his process, which can be done together as a family at home during shelter in place.

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

 


ATPF Teen Time: Virtual Social Hour
Upcoming dates: 
Friday, August 7, 2020
Friday, August 14, 2020
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 7: RSVP Link
Sign up here for August 14: RSVP Link
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 Art Class
Saturday, August 8, 2020
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

This workshop is free, but you must RSVP here.


ATPF Program Assistant Alexa will be leading our next Adaptive Art Class for kids and teens ages 11-15! Join us for a fun summer-themed class. This class is limited to 10 families and will fill up fast so RSVP Online Today!

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


ATPF Virtual Book Club
Saturday, August 8, 2020 
11 AM - 12 PM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

This event is adults only. It is free, but you must RSVP to receive zoom details! Register today here.

Join us at 11 AM on August 8th, 2020 for our first ever ATPF Virtual Book Club led by ATPF Volunteer Danielle Levy! We will be discussing Rain of Gold by Victor VillaseƱor on August 8th, so start reading your book today!


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


ATPF Virtual Adaptive Dance Class
Saturday, August 8, 2020
12 PM - 12:45 PM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

This workshop is free, but you must RSVP:

August 8: RSVP Here
August 15: RSVP Here
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 
 


ATPF Virtual Girls In STEM Workshop
Saturday, August 8, 2020 
12 - 1 PM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

This event is adults only. It is free, but you must RSVP to receive zoom details! Register today here.

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).
Questions? Contact RebeccaB@autismtreeproject.org.


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


10th Annual ATPF Girl Summer Art Camp:
Saturday, August 8, 2020 - Session 2
Saturday, August 15, 2020 - Session 3
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's Lunch & Learn with Sandi & Joel Anderson
Wednesday, August 12, 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/ATPFLunchLearn18

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 ATPF Parent Mentor Sandi Anderson & accomplished ATPF International Ambassador, Artist & Author Joel Anderson, who will be sharing their story and talking about what strategies has been helping them during shelter in place.

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

 


ATPF' Virtual LEGO Therapy Workshop
Saturday, August 15, 2020
10 - 11:30 AM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

This event is free, but you must RSVP! 

RSVP online today here!

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

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

 


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 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 PHOTO ALBUMS 2020

 
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 3
July 15, 2020

6th Annual Bridge to the Beach Day 3 was the first day at South Mission Beach! Check out all the fun our ATPF kids and their San Diego Junior Lifeguard buddies had together in these adorable pictures!

 
 
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Giacomo Vivanti
July 15, 2020

We were honored to have Giacomo Vivanti, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the AJ Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University as our incredible special guest on our ATPF Lunch & Learn today! Dr. Vivanti's advice on how to promote positive play experience that creates learning opportunities in children with ASD is timely, fascinating and informative. Thank you Dr. Vivanti for you huge heart to help support our children and families!

 
 
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! 

 
 
ATPF Weekly Intern Meeting 
July 14, 2020

Our ATPF Interns ROCK! We had a great meeting this morning of how we are each making an impact on our Autism Tree community this week! We are making lots of progress updating our website and improving our social media pages. If you are watching our daily videos, please subscribe to our YouTube channel! Share your own videos and tag @autismtree on Instagram for a chance to be featured on our social media!

 
 
6th Annual ATPF Bridge to the Beach Camp Shifts 2&3
July 13, 2020

The rest of our 6th Annual Bridge to the Beach Camp Day 1 was a success! We are proud to have taken all precautions for COVID-19 (standards including but not limited to wearing masks, making hand sanitizer available, required temperature checks, and social distancing between all kids) throughout the day. Special thank you to the generous donors who made this day 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 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 Virtual Heart & Hooves Workshop
July 11, 2020

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

 
 
ATPF Adaptive Art Class
July 11, 2020

Our kids had an amazing time at our FIRST EVER Adaptive Art Class this weekend!! Thank you so much to ATPF Volunteer and Founder of the ATPF-NCL Girls Summer Art Camp Isabelle Kaplan for leading this fun session on watercolor techniques!

 
 
ATPF Teen Time: Virtual Social Hour
July 10, 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 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 SDJG Training
July 7, 2020

Big thank you to Speech-Language Pathologist Breena Hayman for an ATPF Bridge to the Beach Training for the San Diego Junior Lifeguards! We are so excited to see all these amazing young SDJG volunteers and 18 ATPF kiddos at our 6th Annual Week Long Camp starting next week!
 
 
ATPF Weekly Intern Meeting
July 3, 2020

Happy Monday FB friends! Huge thanks to all our dedicated intern team for joining us at our Weekly Intern Meeting this morning to set our goals for the week. We now have 18 INTERNS who are helping manage our social media, create video content, help capture our events and update our mobile friendly website!


 
 
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!

 

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!

 
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