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Top Tips: New Adventures

(My train loving girl) Arizona has a high level of interest in transportation of all kinds. She spends countless hours reading about and watching videos of trains, especially. In Los Angeles, she’s excited to ride on the Metro whenever she can. Every time she takes a ride though, she chooses the same exact route to get […]

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Autism Awareness: Sesame Place

(Sesame Place opening April 28, 2018 @ 10am!) Amazing news for families like mine! The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards has designated Sesame Place (located in Langhorne, PA) as the first theme park in the (entire) world to be a Certified Autism Center. Opening its doors on April 28 at 10am, guests […]

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Conscious Coaching with Suzi Lula

(With my teacher, Suzi Lula) I am a firm believer: I teach what I most need to learn. Even more so, I believe that GOOD COACHES, have great coaches. We are equally teaching and learning at the same time; equally comfortable in both a student AND teacher role. In other words, I can be humble […]

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Jump with RJ

  (Air ZO!) “Jumping helps many kids with autism regulate their bodies and this special sensory night was all about them…!” Thank you, HollyRod Foundation for partnering with SkyZone and Outback Steakhouse to host a SENSORY FRIENDLY night exclusively for autism families in the most DELICIOUS of environments : lots of jumping fun, ease of […]

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It’s Cool to Fly American

(Plane FUN!) Arizona and I were invited to participate in the AT&T and HollyRod Foundation event hosted by the American Airlines Abilities Employee Business Resource Group at LAX this past weekend. “It’s Cool to Fly American” is an “airport experience and rehearsal” event, having already taken place in airports across the country and finally coming […]

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Autism Speaks : Into The Blue

(Me & Arizona, dressed in blue for Autism Speaks) There were a lot of firsts for Arizona this past Saturday night as she participated in the opening of the Autism Speaks annual gala held at downtown Los Angeles’ historic Union Station. I was reveling in that culminating moment, reflecting on just how far my 11 […]

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Planning for Special Needs Families

(Speaking at Bernstein Global Wealth Management Firm in Century City, CA : Planning for Special Needs Families) Last week, I had the honor to speak as a panelist on : Planning for Special Needs Families at Alliance Bernstein’s Los Angeles office. I joined Jim Huyck, Consultant and Advocate, Karen Park, Principal at Bernstein and Andrea Ross, […]

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Noah’s Ark

(Surrounded by LOVE) A few days after I graduated from UC Berkeley back in the late 90s, there was a freak rain storm and lots of flooding around the university. I was renting a basement apartment in a family home and awoke to sounds of trickling water and a trash can floating by my bed. […]

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Jack & Arizona

(Arizona and her friend Jack) Jack and Arizona have been in school together since they were 2. They met at Step by Step, moved on to Echo Horizon in the Pre-K program and when that didn’t prove to be a good fit for either of them, both ended up attending and graduating from Cheerful Helpers. […]

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Always an Advocate

(I got your back, baby girl) Not too long ago I was on hold with Delta Airlines, trying to convince them that my daughter and I needed to be seated together on an upcoming flight to visit my family in Ohio. I had purchased the tickets online, after being told that I could select two […]

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