NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS - June 1, 2020
 
PROGRESS TO DATE
MONEY RAISED IN 2020
$102,556
18% OF OPERATING BUDGET
CHILDREN SCREENED
20,602
TOGETHER WE ARE LOVED:
TOTAL IMPACT FROM GIVING TUESDAY NOW


Together we are stronger.
 Together we are resilient. 
Together we are connected. 
Together we are LOVED.

Now more than ever, these words ring true in our local communities and around the world.  As your donations came in during Giving Tuesday Now, we were absolutely blown away by the unconditional LOVE and heart beat we felt from each of YOU for our children and families.  B ecause people like you believe in our core mission of C.A.R.E.S. (Community Awareness, Advocacy, Research, and Early Intervention Screenings), ATPF can continue making a positive impact on the autism community during this time.

Thank you  for supporting ATPF  in serving the children and families who need us most!

We are excited to announce that since #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5, 2020, t he Autism Tree Family LOVE has continued to grow with help from a total of

90 supporters 

raising a grand total of... 

$16,825! 

Huge thanks to our very generous MATCHING donors: 
The Cusick Family
The Snyder Family
The Hoff Family
The Senescall Family
John Newman
Trina & Dr. Gregory Wiener

A Special THANK YOU to all 90 of our Giving Tuesday Now Donors:

Ramona Adraktas
Maria & David Alvarez
Sandi & Jeff Anderson
Myrna Armstrong
Maryann & Robert Augustine
Andrew Bakhtiari
Vicki Barbolak
Robbie Beathard 
Lisa Bender
Stefanie Blitvich
Laura Bonafede Odom
Lou Brockman
Marilee & Howard Burgeson
Karen Cangialosi
Tanya Carroll
Cyndi Casillas
Rod Catabay
Ernie Collins
Frank Contreraz
Brianna & Eric Cusick
Loan Dong
Kellie & Tom Dungan
Alex Farina
Gabrielle Fiore
Albert Fulcher
Christine Gaasch
Sylvia Gallardo
Karen & Tom Gammiere
Helen & Chris Ghio
Debbie Grizzle
Lynn Guidi
Bobbi & Randy Hanna
Breena Hayman
Dayna & Todd Hoff
Rich Horner
Deborah & Dave Johnson
Stephanie Katleman
Nancy Kaufmann
Danielle & Brian Kyd
Margot Kyd
Shelly Lana
Glenn Lasker
Tracy & Troy  Lindstrom
Gina Long
Maria & Cary Lucian
Annette Martinez
Ina & Tom Masten
Michelle McGowan
Fiona Mgharo
Heidi Moker
Jason Moll
Kristina & David Nava
Jena Neuman
John Newman
Rebecca Nidzieko
Jackie Piekarz
Debi Moore Preece
Scott Reigle
Michelle & Chris Riley
Heidi Roji
Michelle & Justin Rowley
Kirsten & Phil Senescall
Georgia Shepherd
Elizabeth & Mitch Siegler
Ray Simas
Susan Skrokov
Gary & Kate Snyder
Jeff Snyder
Emi Soiland
Chelsea Sterling
Albert Swalla
Alexandra & Paul Taccone
Alex Tescher
Cody Tescher
Darline Toussaint
Brian Towle-Zeugschmidt
Linda Rosas Townson
Dr. Doris Trauner
Terrell & Joe Tyra
Cindy Velez
Odette Virissimo
Trina & Dr. Gregory Wiener
Regan & Andy Wiese
Linda Welby & Austin Bunn
Patty Williams 
Jean Witherspoon
Karen & Tim Wright
Cal Chang Yocum
Renee Yomtob

It's not too late - if you were not able to make a gift on Giving Tuesday Now, 
please consider making a gift today!
Join ATPF in #GivingTuesdayNow - May 5, 2020
**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 VIDEOS REACH OVER 244,000 PEOPLE: 
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL TODAY!
ATPF Kiddos Luca & Aviana Read
ATPF Kiddos Luca & Aviana Read "The Rabbit Listened"
Joel Anderson Recites
Joel Anderson Recites "Pokey Putoffer" Poem from "Gerbert"
ATPF Kiddo Nathaniel Miller Reads
ATPF Kiddo Nathaniel Miller Reads "Who Loves Boo?"
ATPF Intern Michelle Nguyen Reads
ATPF Intern Michelle Nguyen Reads "Calvin & Hobbes" Comic
We are excited to share our amazing impact to date! ATPF has now added over 90 VIDEOS to our social media, reaching over 244,000 people 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.

More 1 min videos updated daily - click on the banner above to view ALL videos in our YouTube playlist!
Coloring with Artist & ATPF Supporter Gloria Muriel
Coloring with Artist & ATPF Supporter Gloria Muriel
ATPF Volunteer & SLP Francieli Balliew Creates DIY Sensory Play Mat
ATPF Volunteer & SLP Francieli Balliew Creates DIY Sensory Play Mat
ATPF-NCL Volunteers Claire & Robbie Teach Us About Germs
ATPF-NCL Volunteers Claire & Robbie Teach Us About Germs
How to Create Lacing Cards with ATPF-NCL Volunteers Claire & Robbie
How to Create Lacing Cards with ATPF-NCL Volunteers Claire & Robbie
**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 new ideas for adjusting your schedule or help with managing your kids through a new schedule at home. **
TEEN OTTO LANA'S LIGHT SHINES BRIGHT DURING ATPF LUNCH & LEARN WEEKLY SERIES

Click the above flyer to watch the recorded Lunch & Learn version with Otto Lana!

Our hearts are still full after last week's ATPF Lunch & Learn with teen Otto Lana, his mother Shelly Lana, and his Speech-Language Pathologist Darlene Hanson, who informed us about the world of AAC Typing, and shared Otto's perspective on being a teen with Autism and Apraxia. Huge thank you to our special guests Otto, Shelly & Darlene and everyone who took the time to tune in to hear Otto's inspiring journey. 
We have now hosted 7 AMAZING Lunch & Learn events to date!
We are especially excited to have Michelle McGowan 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's Lunch & Learn with ATPF Board Member & Father Justin Nahama
ATPF's Lunch & Learn with Bobbi Hanna, COTA/L, Occupational Therapist & ATPF Volunteer & Supporter
ATPF's Lunch & Learn with ATPF Board Member, Supporter & Mother Wendy Garafalo
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
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

NEW! ATPF LAUNCHES VIRTUAL 
FOOD, FARMING & NUTRITION PROGRAM
Welcome Tour of Wild Willow Farm
Welcome Tour of Wild Willow Farm
How to Make Seed Balls
Wild Willow Farm Tutorial: How to Make Seed Balls
Learn All About Pollinators!
Learn All About Pollinators!
ATPF's Farm to Table Home Gardening: How to Grow Your Own Fresh Veggies & Fruits
ATPF's Farm to Table Home Gardening: How to Grow Your Own Fresh Veggies & Fruits
We are excited to announce we have partnered with community partner Wild Willow Farm and ATPF Chefs & Mothers Sam Trink and Kristina Turner to launch a new VIRTUAL ATPF Food, Farming, & Nutrition Program! Check our awesome videos made by our Food, Farming & Nutrition Program Team by clicking the videos above.

Each week we will bring the farm to YOU by sharing videos on home-gardening tips and activities, nutritional recipes to make at home, and much more! #FoodFarmFriday #ATPFconnections
NEW! RSVP TODAY FOR 
ATPF SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVOCACY WORKSHOP 
LED BY MICHELLE MCGOWAN


We are excited to provide a NEW branch of our ATPF Parent Mentor Program, once a month Special Education Advocacy Workshops! Big thank you to ATPF Volunteer Director of our Parent Mentor Program & Special Education Advocate Michelle McGowan for leading our first workshop this past weekend, bringing together a community of parents learning and sharing with one another as we all navigate distancing learning. 

This class provides 20 minutes of knowledge and advice on a specific Special Education Advocacy topic, then allows parents to sharing their challenges and successes, get peer support, and collaborate on more effective ways to educate and advocate for our children.


NEW! ATPF HEART AND HOOVES THERAPY V IRTUAL WORKSHOP PROVIDED TO FAMILIES

Huge thank you to Community Partner Melissa Sargent, Founder & President of Heart & Hooves Therapy for hosting a virtual workshop for our children and families! We had so much fun visiting the ranch, identifying farm animals, learning about basic body parts of animals and mini horse safety, all while playing a fun educational game!

Feedback from an ATPF Mother: "Thank you so much for having us! This was such a special treat especially during all this quarantine."
SAVE THE DATE!
ATPF SWEET 16 CANDLES GALA
S ATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2020


THANK YOU TO OUR $5,000 GOLD SPONSOR:
 
THANK YOU TO OUR $2,500 SILVER SPONSORS:



THANK YOU TO OUR SWEET 16 GALA CO-CHAIRS:
Wendy & Rob Garafalo
Kirsten & Phil Senescall
MASTER OF CEREMONIES LINDA WELBY INVITES YOU TO JOIN US  AND DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY WITH BAND OVERBOARD:

WE ARE PROUD TO HONOR THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS:


THANK YOU TO OUR TABLE AMBASSADORS - ONLY 45  TO GO!
AKA Head Start Board of Directors Sponsored By HUB International Insurance Services Inc.
Alexandra & Paul Taccone
Breena Hayman
Butterfly Effects ABA Therapy - SILVER SPONSOR
Cheryl Mitchell
CSR CARES
Dallas Kessman & Chris Wilson
Damon Carson
Danielle & Dillon Levy
Dayna & Todd Hoff
Destinations in Paradise - SILVER SPONSOR
Dr. Doris Trauner
Dr. Luis & Anamaria Sanchez
Dr. Michael Levy
Dr. Reuben & Kathy Farris
Dr. Shannon & Jeff Leinert
Elizabeth Kaplan
Faye Bashar & Associates
Frontline Realty Group
Garret Hoff
Gayle Montisano
Gigi & Brad Benter
Helen & Chris Ghio/Michelle & Chris Riley
Ina & Tom Masten
Jena Neuman
JetBlue Airways
Joel's Vision Arts/D'Vine Path
Jordan Marks
Josefina Ring
Kara Dodds & Associates
Karen & Tim Wright
Karen & Tom Gammiere
Karen Cangialosi & Greg Jones
KIRA GRACE/Lisa Karmazin
Kirsten & Phil Senescall, Co-Chairs
Lisa Marvin
Mainly Motzart - SILVER SPONSOR
Maria & David Alvarez
Max & Anna Levinson Foundation
Michelle McGowan
Nathan Watkins
Neighborhood House Association - SILVER SPONSOR
Rebecca & Gary Welch
Renee Yomtob & Brandon Baldwin
Rich Horner
Sam & Donald Trink
Secret Table
Seth Schwartz
Shelly Lana
Susannah Hensel
The Donald C. & Elizabeth M. Dickinson Family Foundation
The Lucian Family
The San Diego G.O.L.D. Diggers - GOLD SPONSOR
The Thursday Club
Tomie & Michael Orosz
Vantage Point & Michele Jodock
Verbal Behavioral Associates
Wendy & Rob Garafalo, Co-Chairs
With your health and safety in mind, our ATPF Executive Team has decided to reschedule our  ATPF Sweet 16 Candles Gala to September 26, 2020. 
 There is still time to buy your table, become a sponsor, donate to our silent auction, and donate to our wine/champagne pull.
To learn more about our gala, visit our website
or contact Lisa@autismtreeproject.org, call 619-222-4465
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
Victoria Aragon, Junior & Special Education Major at the University of Texas at Austin
Cameron  Hensley, 
Junior &  Public Health Major at San Diego State University
Jonnica Gonzalez, Freshman & Psychology Major at San Diego State University
Andrew Carstensen, Senior & Communications Major at San Diego State University 
Cindy Ramirez Rodriguez, Senior & Psychology Major at San Diego State University
Julianna Jimenez, Senior & International Business Major at San Diego State University
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: Victoria Aragon, Cameron Hensley, Jonnica Gonzalez, Andrew Carstenen, Cindy Ramirez Rodriguez, and Julianna Jimenez! We are very excited about the diverse strengths and skill sets they each bring and are so grateful for their help with daily, weekly, monthly virtual projects and tasks to better 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 VICTORIA, CAMERON, JONNICA, ANDREW, CINDY, & JULIANNA!
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 Michelle McGowan
Wednesday, June 3, 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/ATPFLunchLearn8 

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 Michelle McGowan, Special Education Advocate, ATPF Mother & Volunteer Director of our ATPF Parent Mentor Program. Michelle will be sharing advice and person strategies  for families to cope during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Questions? Call (909) 815-8520 or email  rebeccab@autismtreeproject.org

 


ATPF Virtual Adaptive Dance Class
Saturday, June 6, 2020
Saturday, June 13, 2020
Saturday, June 20, 2020
Saturday, June 27, 2020
12:00PM-12:45PM
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 6: https://forms.gle/zGygdzez1ksmycfS9
RSVP here for June 13: https://forms.gle/gwHzZwa8ZtV9xMnu8

Be safe and have fun dancing!

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


 


ATPF Typers Zoom Meet-up
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

T his event is free, but you must RSVP! 

Meet on Zoom with different AAC Typer friends across the country, share your favorite books, funny quotes or memes, and enjoy the feeling of community through alternative communication!
Led by ATPF Mom Shelly Lana and her son Otto.
All kids/teens who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Devices are welcome! All participants who RSVP will receive a reminder email/text with all details on how to join the Zoom meeting.

Questions? Contact Shelly Lana at 858-361-0098.
 

 


ATPF Virtual LEGO Therapy Session
Saturday, June 13, 2020 
10AM-12PM
Accessible to you at home via Zoom

We are excited to be offering our ATPF LEGO Workshops ONLINE via Zoom! Families will have the opportunity of having a 30 session with ATPF LEGO Therapy Program Director Santana Getz and 1-2 more ATPF families with kiddos of the same age group! You will build LEGO's and practice social communication skills with guidance. Santana will observe how your family is interacting and give feedback, and you get the chance to engage with other ATPF families!

Limit of 12 families MAX per workshop, first come, first served!

This workshop is free, but you must RSVP here:

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

 


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 Virtual Special Education Advocacy Workshop
Saturday, June 20, 2020 
12PM-1PM
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 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 PHOTO ALBUMS 2020


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!
SDSU Logo
 

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!

 

ATPF Lunch & Learn with Wendy Garafalo
April 15, 2020

We had an inspiring first ATPF Lunch & Learn today! Big thank you to Wendy Rhodes Garafalo and everyone in our community who tuned in to hear Wendy share her family's story and discuss tips, resources and advice anyone can use to help their kids thrive during this time. Happen to miss our first event? No worries - view it here on our YouTube: https://youtu.be/FBWwi0NOBIc Did you participate and want to give us your feedback? We want to hear from you! Click here to learn more: https://conta.cc/2V9zzvI

 

ATPF Virtual Musical Playgroup
April 11, 2020

Thank you to ATPF Community Partner The Music Therapy Center of California for providing this virtual ATPF Musical Playgroup!

 

ATPF Virtual Adaptive Dance Class
April 9, 2020

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

 


ATPF Virtual InHarmony Workshop
April 8, 2020

Huge thank you to the The Music Therapy Center of California for hosting an ATPF InHarmony Workshop this afternoon! Stay tuned for the recorded version of this workshop - we will be sharing it soon 

 


Wealth Legacy Group Inc. Webinar Day 2
April 7, 2020

Our ATPF Team really enjoyed Day 2 of Wealth Legacy Group, Inc. Webinar! Today's topic was "Beyond Technology: Moving From Surviving to Thriving!" Special thank you to R.J. Kelly and his team for featuring an impressive line-up of speakers. These webinars are FREE to the public - if you would like to participate, learn more and register here: https://conta.cc/3bXbnSR

 


ATPF Participates in Wealth Legacy Group Webinar
April 6, 2020

Happy Monday Facebook Friends! Our ATPF Team really enjoyed participating in this webinar this morning led by R.J. Kelly and his team at the Wealth Legacy Group, Inc. We found a fun picture of our ATPF Team with Chris Van Gorder, EMT-B, MPA, FACHE from May 11, 2016 at the Leadership Insights Forum series. The topic of the webinar was "Will My Business Survive COVID-19?" We truly enjoyed the featured speakers. These webinars are FREE to the public - if you would like to participate, learn more and register here: https://conta.cc/3bXbnSR

 
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