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Join Journey to Independence

Coffee  Hour!


13th of july | 12nn-1pm PDT


Connect with other parents, learn from experts, and build resilience together.

Welcome to Journey to Independence!

Coffee Hour, a community-based program designed to support families who have recently received an autism diagnosis for their child. If you are a parent on the waiting list for therapy and seeking a community of peers to share experiences and insights with, then this program is for you.

Our aim is to provide a platform for parents to connect and support one another as they navigate the early stages of their child’s autism diagnosis. While we will not be offering clinical support, we will facilitate discussions on relevant topics that will help families build resilience, knowledge and understanding of the diagnosis and next steps.

We encourage active participation and hope to foster a supportive and safe environment where families can share their experiences, ideas and concerns with each other. Our sessions will be held once a week for an hour, with no more than 15 families per session. 

Welcome To Journey To Independence!

Over seven sessions, we will cover key topics related to autism, such as understanding behavior that might challenge  communication, language development, transitions, and how to avoid burn-out. Each family will be provided with a workbook to accompany the sessions, and videos of each session will be available for those who cannot attend in person. 

We believe that consistent participation is essential for building a supportive community and seeing the benefits of this program. Therefore, we invite families to commit to all seven sessions. If we have a high level of interest, we may train additional professionals to run concurrent sessions in the future.

Join us for Journey to Independence

Coffee Hour, and let’s build a supportive community together!

13th Of July | 12nn-1pm PDT

Being an RBT for me was extremely fun because where were you going to find a place where you can be completely silly without having to worry what people thought about you? This was the only job that made me feel like I could make a dramatic difference while being myself.

I also liked to be surrounded by people that had the same goals of wanting to help kids and the teamwork made the job much easier and more enjoyable.

Change and progress was the ultimate goal for our kiddos. The early intervention program was seriously only a miracle because I saw changes in the kiddos that from day one, you wouldn’t even recognize who they were.

Changes from being able to utter 3-4 words where they can only make a syllable from when they started, the behavior decreases in which kiddo that used to engage in 30-40 0 self-harm to only half, learning how to wait during games, table work where they use to swipe and drop to the floor if they had to.

My favorite was when the parents would tell us what amazing progress they were making at home. I used to tear up and felt for these parents so much because it was already difficult for them and now, they can trust and rely on ABA and the therapists knowing their goal was ours.

By Emma Rogers, BA, RBT

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