NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS - September 8, 2020
 
PROGRESS TO DATE
MONEY RAISED IN 2020
$165,037
29% OF OPERATING BUDGET
CHILDREN SCREENED
20,602
COUNTDOWN: 18 DAYS UNTIL
ATPF 16 CANDLES VIRTUAL AUCTION


THE COUNTDOWN HAS BEGUN!
HELP ATPF REACH OUR GOAL OF $10,000
BY PARTICIPATING IN 3 EASY STEPS:

1. REGISTER TODAY
Creating a 32Auctions account is REQUIRED for you to enter bids on all our amazing auction packages. 
It's free, easy and takes less than 1 minute to register!



2. VIEW OUR ONLINE AUCTION PRIZES & PACKAGES
Our official auction website is LIVE! Anyone can view our auction prizes and packages, donate, 
or learn more about ATPF by clicking on the icon below:



3. SHARE OUR VIRTUAL AUCTION WITH YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY
Follow ATPF on social media and share our virtual auction posts and links with your friends, 
family, and anyone in your community! 

See below for a sneak peak of a few of our virtual auction items:
Jet Blue Tickets + Napa Valley Travel Experience

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2 Night Luxury Stay at Loews 
Coronado Bay Resort
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Family 4 Pack of USS Midway Museum Tickets
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WE ARE STILL ACCEPTING AUCTION & WINE OR CHAMPAGNE AUCTION DONATIONS!
ONLY 16 MORE BOTTLES TO GO FOR OUR WINE & CHAMPAGNE PULL 
AT OUR 16 CANDLES VIRTUAL AUCTION

Only 16 bottles to go! You can help us reach our goal of 100 bottles for our Virtual Auction. If you have a donation or questions on how to participate, 
please contact RebeccaB@autismtreeproject.org or call/text 909-815-8520!
ATPF PROUD TO ANNOUNCE MICHELLE ROWLEY 
AS NEW ATPF BOARD MEMBER

We are proud to announce ATPF Volunteer & Supporter Michelle Rowley as our new ATPF Board Member! 
Michelle Rowley, M.S., BCBA is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst that has over 10 years of experience working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. Michelle joined Butterfly Effects as a Senior Behavior Analyst in 2019, servicing San Diego, California.

Michelle earned her bachelor's degree at San Diego State University and majored in Child Development. Following earning her bachelors, she went on to Simmons College where she obtained her master's degree in Behavior Analysis. Michelle has experience in working with children with developmental delays from ages 12 months to 18 years old and is extremely passionate about her client's and their families. She loves working in-home, and side by side, with her families in order to give caregivers the tools to provide meaningful and lasting interventions to assist their children in reaching their full potential. Michelle has been an active volunteer at ATPF since 2011.

We are so grateful to have her as a member of our Board of Directors!
ATPF COVID-19 RESPONSE TIMELINE TO DATE



 **Click on any of the above infographic pictures to view the full PDF Version with links to resources listed on the timeline** 
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit San Diego, ATPF responded quickly. We feel blessed every day to continue supporting kids and families with autism through our virtual programs and services!

Questions or want to get in touch? Contact RebeccaB@autismtreeproject.org or call 909-815-8520.
ATPF AWARDED UNSOLICITED $3,000 GIFT FROM THE VICTOR E. LEFTWICH CHARITABLE TRUST


We are sending all our gratitude to the Victor E. Leftwich Charitable Trust for their recent unsolicited gift of $3,000 to ATPF! This generous contribution will provide more than 20 free programs to thousands of families impacted by autism.
LARISA HALL, DR. JACQUELINE DENYSIAK & MICHELLE ROWLEY 
SHARE PERSONAL JOURNEYS & UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES 
AT ATPF 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 21 AMAZING Lunch & Learn events to date, reaching over 170 people in our Autism Tree community! Huge thank you to our special guests Larisa Hall, Dr. Jacqueline Denysiak, Michelle Rowley, and everyone who tuned in to listen to our team over the past three weeks, helping each other to keep compassion alive in our daily lives and taking a moment to be present during the constant juggle of life and online distance learning. We highly recommend watching these three Lunch & Learns anytime you need to take a break or want to learn something new.
 We are especially excited to have Francisco Paiva Junior be our next special guest speaker (and first international guest speaker!) at this week's Lunch & Learn. 
Join us TOMORROW, SEPTEMBER 9TH at 12 PM on Zoom
Meeting ID: 885 0582 2068
Passcode: 618014
ATPF VIDEOS REACH OVER 378,700 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 YOUTUBE STARS SINCE MARCH 13:
30 Virtual
ATPF CFO Caitlyn McTaggart & Kids
770 VIEWS ON YOUTUBE
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Dr. Jacqueline Denysiak
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Dr. Jacqueline Denysiak
231 VIEWS ON YOUTUBE
ATPF Founder & Volunteer Executive Director Dayna Hoff
ATPF Founder & Volunteer Executive Director Dayna Hoff
171 VIEWS ON YOUTUBE
We are excited to share our amazing impact to date! ATPF has now added 191 VIDEOS to our YouTube channel, reaching over 348,700 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 ATPF Volunteer Grace:
Storytime with ATPF Volunteer Grace: "The Day the Crayons Quit"
Storytime with ATPF BTC Volunteer Aarush:
Storytime with ATPF BTC Volunteer Aarush: "Swimming"
Storytime with ATPF Volunteer Claire:
Storytime with ATPF Volunteer Claire: "Monday is FUNday!"
Storytime with ATPF Volunteer Emily:
Storytime with ATPF Volunteer Emily: "Ten Apples up on Top"
Storytime with ATPF Volunteer Jay:
Storytime with ATPF Volunteer Jay: "You are My Magical Unicorn"
Storytime with ATPF Volunteer Roshan:
Storytime with ATPF Volunteer Roshan: "Please, Mr. Panda"
Fun & Simple Quarantine Activity with ATPF NCL Volunteer Marlo Roberts
Fun & Simple Quarantine Activity with ATPF NCL Volunteer Marlo Roberts
Easy Summertime Drink Recipe with ATPF USD Intern Andrew Carstensen
Easy Summertime Drink Recipe with ATPF USD Intern Andrew Carstensen
SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY PARTNERS WHO SEND AMAZING VIDEOS EACH WEEK!


ATPF FACEBOOK LIVE PAINTING PARTY
WITH JOEL ANDERSON & RUBEN CHATO HINOJOSA


Our ATPF Team had a blast at our first ever Facebook LIVE Painting Party with Joel Anderson, ATPF International Ambassador and Artist, and Artist Ruben Chato Hinojosa! Their puppy masterpiece will be auctioned off at our 16 Candles Virtual Auction in September! Special thank you to Gisele Bray of Gisele B Studios for hosting this event, and volunteer Glenn Lasker for being the catalyst behind this new community partnership with iShine at Gisele B Studios. Gisele B Studios also generously donated an iShine Project Art Membership, including an introductory colored pencil kit to our Virtual Auction, for those who love art! We are excited to launch a new art program in October for our children and families...stay tuned! 
OVER 1,800 PEOPLE VIEWED OUR FACEBOOK LIVE VIDEO!
If you missed Ruben & Joel painting live, view the recorded versions here: Part 1 and Part 2.
ATPF CELEBRATES 1 YEAR COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP 
WITH TAP FEVER STUDIOS


Our team was so grateful to celebrate with Larisa Hall, Executive Director of Tap Fever Studios, ATPF Community Partner & Volunteer Director of the Adaptive Dance Program. Since July 2019, Larisa and her team have served 75 ATPF kids!!! This is an incredible milestone achieved in just one year. Thank you Larisa for being an exceptional community partner who leads with LOVE each day and is dedicated to serving our children and families with autism. Special thank you to ATPF Board Member Linda Rosas Townson for being the catalyst behind this amazing partnership!

Does your child love dance? We are currently hosting our ATPF Adaptive Dance Fall Session!
Tap Fever Studios also currently has a limited time offer of unlimited classes for 1 week for only $25!
Click on the flyers or video below for more information:






video from Larisa coming soon

ATPF HIGHLIGHTS
ATPF NEW INTERN WELCOME:
LINETTE MORALES & KRISTINA BRIGGS
We LOVE our ATPF Interns & Volunteers! We are sending out a special WELCOME to new ATPF interns: Linette Morales and Kristina Briggs! Linette first came to ATPF as a Nestor Language Academy Charter volunteer in middle school, and is now a Senior at Southwest High School. We feel so grateful to have her back as a part of our ATPF Intern team! Kristina is a Junior at Point Loma Nazarene University, double majoring in Pre-Medicine and Child & Adolescent Development. She aspires to be a Pediatrician and is very passionate about serving children with autism. These lovely ladies are an incredible addition to our team, and we are so grateful for their big hearts to serve our children, families and community!

WELCOME LINETTE & KRISTINA TO OUR ATPF INTERN TEAM!

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's Lunch & Learn with Francisco Paiva Junior
Wednesday, September 9, 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/ATPFLunchLearn22

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 Francisco Paiva Junior, ATPF Volunteer and our first international guest speaker, who will be discussing his personal journey being a father to a child with autism in Brazil and Tismoo.Me, a digital platform with a social network for English and Portuguese speakers and their families impacted by autism.

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

 


ATPF Teen Time: Virtual Social Hour
Upcoming dates: 
Friday, September 11, 2020
Friday, September 18, 2020
Friday, September 25, 2020
3 PM - 4 PM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

This event is free, but you must RSVP! 

Sign up here for September 11: RSVP Link
Sign up here for September 18: RSVP Link
Sign up here for September 25: 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, September 12, 2020
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

This class is free but you must RSVP here.
ATPF Intern Melissa will be leading our next Adaptive Art Class! Join us for a fun class about crafting popsicle stick frames!
This class is limited to 10 families and will fill up fast! RSVP Online Today! 


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


ATPF Virtual Adaptive Dance Class: Fall Session
Saturday, September 12, 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):
September 12, 26
October 10, 24
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 
 


USD Virtual Football Meet & Greet
Saturday, September 12, 2020
1 PM - 3 PM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

Calling all ATPF Families! Join us on September 12th for the 12th Annual ATPF-USD (Virtual) Football Meet & Greet. ATPF kiddos will be paired with a USD football player mentor and meet them in a zoom breakout room!
Sign up here!! ⬇️
1 PM - NEW Families: https://forms.gle/41Hvuvjo1H8yJYv4A
2 PM - RETURNING Families: https://forms.gle/CQTiHobsSeP3RAqy9


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

 


ATPF Virtual Core Team Meeting
Thursday, September 17, 2020
5 PM - 6 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 Special Education Parent Advocacy Training Workshop
Saturday, September 19, 2020
6 PM - 7 PM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom


This workshop is free, but you must RSVP here: https://forms.gle/zpxJS5Zqe7s2KemU9

Calling all ATPF Parents! Join us for our 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 class will provide 20 minutes of knowledge and advice on data collection for distance learning, then will allow parents to sharing their challenges and successes, get peer support, and collaborate on more effective ways to educate and advocate for our children.


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

 


ATPF 16 Candles Virtual Auction
September 25 - 27, 2020
View our auction here: www.32auctions.com/ATPF16Candles
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

You are invited to join us at our ATPF 16 Candles Virtual Auction on September 25-27, 2020! ATPF is looking for passionate community partners to help us IGNITE EVERY CHILD by expanding our program to provide free Early Intervention Screenings to all San Diego County 10,300 Head Start Preschoolers annually with the ultimate goal of kindergarten readiness.
Autism Tree Project Foundation believes that every child is entitled to the best possible start in their development. The IGNITE EVERY CHILD movement is about creating access to all children, regardless of income, language or family status. Early intervention services for children are vital to their health and development and reduce costs by minimizing the need for special education and related services in later years.
Today, fewer than 1 in 3 children in California receive the pediatrician-recommended screenings they need to identify possible developmental delays.

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

 


ATPF Virtual Musical Playgroup
Saturday, September 26, 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 Virtual Hearts &  Hooves Therapy Workshop
Saturday, September 26, 2020
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

This event is FREE, but you must RSVP: https://forms.gle/sMVgjuCc9Lu4kraL8

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



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

 


ATPF Book Club with Danielle Levy 
Saturday, October 10, 2020
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

This event is FREE, but you must RSVP: https://forms.gle/zXU1CUrV2DMBRoXu9

This event is adults only. We will discuss The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger, on October 10th so start reading your book today!

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

 


ATPF PHOTO ALBUMS 2020

 
ATPF Teen Time: Virtual Reality Workshop
September 6, 2020

Thank you so much to Ian Miller from the Interactive Media Institute and ATPF Teen Jeremiah Convery for leading another fun Virtual Reality Workshop about Astronomy!


 
 
ATPF Adaptive Dance Class: Fall Session
September 5, 2020

Thank you so much to Dani from Tap Fever Studios for leading the first Adaptive Dance Class of the Fall Session! Our families are looking forward to another class next month!


 
 
ATPF Virtual LEGO Therapy Workshop
September 5, 2020

Thank you to all of the ATPF families who came to our LEGO Therapy Playgroup this morning! We had so much fun playing LEGO BINGO, learning therapeutic techniques, and building social interactions between ATPF parents and children! Special congratulations to Henry for winning LEGO BINGO today!


 
 
ATPF Teen Time: Virtual Social Hour
September 4, 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 September!


 
 
ATPF Board Meeting Q3
September 2, 2020

Our ATPF Board held one of our quarterly board meetings tonight with new ATPF Board Member Michelle Rowley, financial updates from our CFO, Caitlyn McTaggart, and an 16 Candles Virtual Auction update from our Operations Manager, Rebecca Barron. We are so incredibly thankful for our board of 13 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 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.

 
 
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Michelle Rowley, BCBA
September 2, 2020

We had a fantastic ATPF Lunch & Learn today with special guest Shelli Rowley!! As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and long time ATPF Volunteer, Shelli shared incredible wisdom and tips for parents to help their children jump back into the schedule of schooling and online learning. If you have been struggling with homeschooling, we highly recommend you give this Lunch & Learn a watch!! Recorded version and follow up email with resources coming soon...

 
 
ATPF Weekly Intern Meeting
August 31, 2020

Happy Monday everyone! It was wonderful seeing all our dedicated interns at our Weekly Intern Meeting this morning. Looking forward to an awesome start to the month of September!

 
 
ATPF Core Team Meeting
August 27, 2020

Thank you to all of the ATPF Volunteers and Interns for joining us on Zoom last night for our monthly ATPF Core Team Meeting! Special thank you to USD Intern Melissa Vetti for leading an awesome Inspiration with thoughts to keep in mind every day. Stay tuned soon for the recorded version!

 
 
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Dr. Jacqueline Denysiak
August 24, 2020

We had an amazing Lunch & Learn with special guest Dr. Jacqueline Denysiak, President of MEDICUS, MD, INC. yesterday! Huge thank you Dr. Denysiak for sharing her inspiring story on her passion for medicine and the dedication and commitment required on her journey to becoming a physician

 
 
ATPF Weekly intern Meeting
August 24, 2020

Happy Monday ATPF Friends! We had a great Weekly Intern Meeting this morning and are looking forward to the rest of the week! We had a special THANK YOU to USD Intern Melissa Vetti for completing her summer internship and devoting 200 hours to ATPF! More details on her accomplishments coming soon...

 
 
ATPF Adaptive Dance Class
August 22, 2020

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

 
 
ATPF Coding Camp
August 22, 2020

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

 
 
ATPF Musical Playgroup
August 22, 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 Celebrates Community Partnership with Tap Fever Studios
August 21, 2020

Our team was so grateful to celebrate tonight with Larisa Hall, Executive Director of Tap Fever Studios, ATPF Community Partner & Volunteer Director of the Adaptive Dance Program. Since July 2019, Larisa and her team have served 75 ATPF kids!!! This is an incredible milestone achieved in just one year. Thank you Larisa for being an exceptional community partner who leads with LOVE each day and is dedicated to serving our children and families with autism. 
Special thank you to ATPF Board Member Linda Rosas Townson for being the catalyst behind this amazing partnership!

 
 
Facebook LIVE Painting Party for ATPF
August 19, 2020

Our ATPF Team had a blast at our first ever Facebook LIVE Painting Party with Joel Anderson, ATPF International Ambassador and Artist, and Artist Ruben Chato Hinojosa! Their puppy masterpiece will be auctioned off at our 16 Candles Virtual Auction in September! Special thank you to Gisele Bray of Gisele B Studios for hosting this event, and volunteer Glenn Lasker for being the catalyst behind this new community partnership with iShine at Gisele B Studios. We are excited to launch a new art program in October for our children and families...stay tuned!

 
 
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Larisa Hall
August 19, 2020

Special thank you to Ian Miller from the Interactive Media Institute, a 501c3 non-profit for leading another Virtual Reality Event for our teens!

 
 
ATPF Teen Time: Virtual Reality Workshop
August 18, 2020

Special thank you to Ian Miller from the Interactive Media Institute, a 501c3 non-profit for leading another Virtual Reality Event for our teens!

 
 
ATPF Weekly Intern Meeting
August 17, 2020

Happy Monday ATPF Families! A lot is changing during this time as virtual school starts up, but our ATPF Weekly Intern Team is still going strong! Huge thank you to Interns who make time to help our ATPF Team carry out our mission to serve children and families with autism each day.

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

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

 
 
ATPF Adaptive Dance Class
August 15, 2020

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

 
 
ATPF Parent Advocacy Training Workshop
August 15, 2020

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

 
 
ATPF Teen Time: Social Hour
August 14, 2020

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

 
 
ATPF Meets with Nicole Dauz of Selfcare4Caregivers
August 12, 2020

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

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

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

 
 
ATPF Adaptive Dance Class
August 8, 2020

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

 
 
ATPF Weekly Intern Meeting
August 10, 2020

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

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

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

 
 
ATPF Virtual Book Club
August 8, 2020

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

 
 
ATPF Adaptive Art Class
August 8, 2020

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

 
 
ATPF Team Meeting
August 7, 2020

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

 
 
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Andres Amador
August 5, 2020

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

 
 
ATPF 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. 

 
 
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 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 Special Education Advocacy Workshop
July 18, 2020

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

 
 
ATPF Adaptive Dance Class
July 18, 2020

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

 
 
ATPF LEGO Therapy Workshop
July 18, 2020

Thank you to Henry and his family for coming to our Virtual LEGO Therapy Playgroup this morning! We had so much fun playing with LEGOs, learning therapeutic techniques, and building social interactions between ATPF parents and children! Special thank you to Volunteer Program Director of our ATPF LEGO Therapy Program, Santana Getz & ATPF Inten, Andrew Carstensen, for making this event such a fun experience!

 
 
ATPF Teen Time Social Hour
July 17, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
 
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Melissa Sargent 
July 8, 2020

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

 
 
ATPF Lunch & Learn with Heidi Moker
July 1, 2020

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


 
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