Progress to Date

Funds Raised 2017: $152,387

31% of ATPF 2017 Operating Budget

Children Screened: 13,191

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Here's some success stories from some of the families the Autism Tree Project has helped.

Barbara Beach

Barbara Beach

I stumbled on the Autism Tree Project quite by accident. I was convinced my then 3 year old son was autistic. However, since he was “high functioning,” it was hard to get support for my idea, let alone intervention. So I searched the web and found a preschool training seminar being run by ATP the next night. It was clearly a private party for pre-school teachers that were required to be there and I was quite out of place, but not for long.

Cara Lucier

Cara Lucier

Autism Tree Project Foundation is an extraordinary non-profit organization that is providing indispensable services and support for the Autism community in San Diego County and beyond.

Autism Tree Project Foundation is providing much needed services in San Diego County in several crucial areas: Preschool Screening, Parent Mentoring, and Autism Research. I have had the privilege to partner with Autism Tree Project Foundation through my capacity as a Staff Attorney (previously) and faculty (current) at the University of San Diego, Compass Family Center. As a parent of a child with Autism, I have also benefited directly from their work in the community.

One of the best aspects of Autism Tree Project Foundation's work in the Autism community is that it produces "ripple effects" of education, support, and advocacy in our community. It reaches many more families and professionals than just those families and organizations it works with directly. For example, Autism Tree Project Foundation provides Preschool Screenings in our community preschools to help children that are at risk for Autism or communication delays.

 

Chandler Nelms

Chandler Nelms

Chandler was born on May 9, 2001, at a U.S. Naval Hospital in Okinawa, Japan. He is the only child of Marley and Chad Nelms. Unlike many other families who struggle to get an early diagnosis for their child, the Nelms' were lucky to have a close family friend who had experience with autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Mike Ricciardi of Coronado, CA, is a retired Navy Captain with over 20 years of service. He is a board certified child-adolescent psychiatrist. Early on, around 12 months, Marley began to notice that Chandler would look at things from different angles---his head constantly turning to look at things upside down or sideways; he didn't respond when his name was called, had no words, and wasn't yet walking.

Conor Dawson

Conor Dawson

Conor was born on June 18, 1993 and for the first year or two of his life he seemed as typical as our first child who was just 17 months older. Conor met all the usual milestones at the appropriate time except for speech, which had also been delayed with our first child. Since we had been through that before we didn't panic, but did start questioning our pediatrician when he had trouble sitting at circle time at preschool. He assured us that there was nothing to worry about, but when it didn't get better, and we noticed that he didn't seem to want to play with the other children we grew more concerned.

Dr. Jennifer Oke

Dr. Jennifer Oke

I am a clinical psychologist with a practice dedicated solely to the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with Autism and Asperger's Disorder and their families. I have been a part of ATPF in a variety of roles since its inception in 2003. Most recently, I have dedicated my time to the Parent Mentor Program.

ATPF is a grassroots organization started by Dayna and Todd Hoff when their son, Garret was diagnosed with autism. Dayna Hoff is passionate about her visions for early intervention that include a preschool screening program, preschool teacher training program, and the parent mentor program. Her infectious enthusiasm spreads to others making these projects not only take off, but grow. I have witnessed this with the Parent Mentor Program that started with a simple desire to support families with newly diagnosed children, to serving over 100 families in the San Diego community in the last year.