Thriving Autism Families

Crystal Sanford

A podcast just for you! Join us for insight, humor, and hope along your Autism parenting journey. Our host, Crystal Sanford, is an autism mom, speech pathologist, and special education advocate. She interviews a variety of experts who provide meaningful tips for autism parents, including fellow thriving autism moms, therapists, life coaches, special education attorneys, and more. Bring your questions, listen up, leave with HOPE!

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Words of Wisdom from an Autism Mom: Part 2
Sep 16 2022
Words of Wisdom from an Autism Mom: Part 2
Wouldn’t it be awesome to get real life advice from a parenting expert? In our final episode for season 3, we are honored to discuss autism parenting with philanthropist, mom, business leader, and speaker Dayna Hoff. Since 2003, Dayna has positively impacted the lives of countless families in Northern and Southern California through her non-profit organization, Autism Tree Project Foundation ( You won’t want to miss this lively and inspiring conversation.Dayna HoffDayna Hoff has transformed the autism community in San Diego and the Bay Area as Founder and Volunteer Executive Director of Autism Tree Project Foundation (ATPF). ATPF, which Dayna founded with her husband, Todd, when their son was diagnosed with autism, is the only autism foundation that focuses on combining Research, Early Intervention and Programming. ATPF provides over 20 free programs and has invested $3.2 million back into the community. In 2015, Dayna launched the Ignite Every Child Movement through the ATPF Early Intervention Preschool Screening Program. Since 2006, ATPF has provided screenings to more than 20,600 preschoolers and in April 2018, ATPF held its 2nd Ignite Every Child 1,000-person Luncheon.Dayna is a passionate and innovative leader who is a key contributor to expanding Neurodiversity on a global scale. Dayna has been married to her husband Todd for 25 years, and together, they are the proud parents of a 2021 George Washington University Graduate.Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLPCrystal is the owner and director of the Sanford Autism Advocacy Group, LLC ( a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow Autism families throughout the U.S. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact our team at info@sdautismhelp.com. For San Diego families, Crystal has also opened the Sanford Speech & Learning Center ( offering speech therapy and social groups for children of all abilities. Need help parents/caregivers? Access our free IEP guide and much more: to schedule a 30-minute FREE consultation with Crystal and her team? Get empowered!
Words of Wisdom from an Autism Mom: Part 2
Sep 16 2022
Words of Wisdom from an Autism Mom: Part 2
Wouldn’t it be awesome to get real life advice from a parenting expert? In our final episode for season 3, we are honored to discuss autism parenting with philanthropist, mom, business leader, and speaker Dayna Hoff. Since 2003, Dayna has positively impacted the lives of countless families in Northern and Southern California through her non-profit organization, Autism Tree Project Foundation ( You won’t want to miss this lively and inspiring conversation.Dayna HoffDayna Hoff has transformed the autism community in San Diego and the Bay Area as Founder and Volunteer Executive Director of Autism Tree Project Foundation (ATPF). ATPF, which Dayna founded with her husband, Todd, when their son was diagnosed with autism, is the only autism foundation that focuses on combining Research, Early Intervention and Programming. ATPF provides over 20 free programs and has invested $3.2 million back into the community. In 2015, Dayna launched the Ignite Every Child Movement through the ATPF Early Intervention Preschool Screening Program. Since 2006, ATPF has provided screenings to more than 20,600 preschoolers and in April 2018, ATPF held its 2nd Ignite Every Child 1,000-person Luncheon.Dayna is a passionate and innovative leader who is a key contributor to expanding Neurodiversity on a global scale. Dayna has been married to her husband Todd for 25 years, and together, they are the proud parents of a 2021 George Washington University Graduate.Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLPCrystal is the owner and director of the Sanford Autism Advocacy Group, LLC ( a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow Autism families throughout the U.S. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact our team at info@sdautismhelp.com. For San Diego families, Crystal has also opened the Sanford Speech & Learning Center ( offering speech therapy and social groups for children of all abilities. Need help parents/caregivers? Access our free IEP guide and much more: to schedule a 30-minute FREE consultation with Crystal and her team? Get empowered!
Words of Wisdom from an Autism Mom: Part 1
Sep 16 2022
Words of Wisdom from an Autism Mom: Part 1
Wouldn’t it be awesome to get real life advice from a parenting expert? In our final episode for season 3, we are honored to discuss autism parenting with philanthropist, mom, business leader, and speaker Dayna Hoff. Since 2003, Dayna has positively impacted the lives of countless families in Northern and Southern California through her non-profit organization, Autism Tree Project Foundation ( You won’t want to miss this lively and inspiring conversation.Dayna HoffDayna Hoff has transformed the autism community in San Diego and the Bay Area as Founder and Volunteer Executive Director of Autism Tree Project Foundation (ATPF). ATPF, which Dayna founded with her husband, Todd, when their son was diagnosed with autism, is the only autism foundation that focuses on combining Research, Early Intervention and Programming. ATPF provides over 20 free programs and has invested $3.2 million back into the community. In 2015, Dayna launched the Ignite Every Child Movement through the ATPF Early Intervention Preschool Screening Program. Since 2006, ATPF has provided screenings to more than 20,600 preschoolers and in April 2018, ATPF held its 2nd Ignite Every Child 1,000-person Luncheon.Dayna is a passionate and innovative leader who is a key contributor to expanding Neurodiversity on a global scale. Dayna has been married to her husband Todd for 25 years, and together, they are the proud parents of a 2021 George Washington University Graduate. Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLP Crystal is the owner and director of the Sanford Autism Advocacy Group, LLC ( a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow Autism families throughout the U.S. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact our team at info@sdautismhelp.com. For San Diego families, Crystal has also opened the Sanford Speech & Learning Center ( offering speech therapy and social groups for children of all abilities. Need help parents/caregivers? Access our free IEP guide and much more: to schedule a 30-minute FREE consultation with Crystal and her team? Get empowered!
Self Care Matters For Autism Moms: Part 2
Sep 9 2022
Self Care Matters For Autism Moms: Part 2
Self care matters! It’s cliche but so true, especially for moms of children on the autism spectrum. In this episode, life coach and autism mom Octavia Walker walks us through her inspiring story which led her to open her life coaching practice ( Get tips and action steps for today!Octavia WalkerOctavia Walker is the mother of two children and a son with autism. Octavia left her media sales career to become the founder and life coach of Getting By Is Not Enough. Moms of children with disabilities rely on her first hand experience and strategic solutions to learn how to become the best advocate for their child, develop a strong support team, and live out their own heartfelt dreams and purpose. She offers personal coaching to help Moms create a roadmap that focuses on their strengths so they can have the confidence and peace of mind to take care of their family and themselves by building a life they truly deserve and desire. Visit www.gettingbyisnotenough.com to schedule a complementary 30 minute strategy session to get started.Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLPCrystal is the owner and director of the Sanford Autism Advocacy Group, LLC ( a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow Autism families throughout the U.S. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact our team at info@sdautismhelp.com. For San Diego families, Crystal has also opened the Sanford Speech & Learning Center ( offering speech therapy and social groups for children of all abilities. Need help parents/caregivers? Access our free IEP guide and much more: to schedule a 30-minute FREE consultation with Crystal and her team? Get empowered!
Self Care Matters For Autism Moms: Part 1
Sep 9 2022
Self Care Matters For Autism Moms: Part 1
Self care matters! It’s cliche but so true, especially for moms of children on the autism spectrum. In this episode, life coach and autism mom Octavia Walker walks us through her inspiring story which led her to open her life coaching practice ( Get tips and action steps for today!Octavia WalkerOctavia Walker is the mother of two children and a son with autism. Octavia left her media sales career to become the founder and life coach of Getting By Is Not Enough. Moms of children with disabilities rely on her first hand experience and strategic solutions to learn how to become the best advocate for their child, develop a strong support team, and live out their own heartfelt dreams and purpose. She offers personal coaching to help Moms create a roadmap that focuses on their strengths so they can have the confidence and peace of mind to take care of their family and themselves by building a life they truly deserve and desire. Visit www.gettingbyisnotenough.com to schedule a complementary 30 minute strategy session to get started. Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLP Crystal is the owner and director of the Sanford Autism Advocacy Group, LLC ( a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow Autism families throughout the U.S. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact our team at info@sdautismhelp.com. For San Diego families, Crystal has also opened the Sanford Speech & Learning Center ( offering speech therapy and social groups for children of all abilities. Need help parents/caregivers? Access our free IEP guide and much more: to schedule a 30-minute FREE consultation with Crystal and her team? Get empowered!
Screen Time: What Is Too Much? (Part 2)
Sep 9 2022
Screen Time: What Is Too Much? (Part 2)
Did the pandemic open the flood gates to more screen time in your home? Are you struggling to get your kids outside and off technology? Families, you are not alone! Join us as we discuss the issues of screen time, limits, etc. with Nicole Rawson, the founder of Screen Time Clinic ( Nicole devotes her time to helping families just like yours find “digital wellness” in this technology age.Nicole Rawson, MBANicole is the founder of Screen Time Clinic, the largest international network of digital wellness educators empowering families and businesses to reach their ideal level of functioning by creating healthy digital habits. She is a lifelong advocate of education, former secondary teacher, author, and mother of two teens. She has been immersed in the research relating to screens and development, helping individuals and families reconnect and flourish through reduced screen time since 2018. Her new children’s book Screen Smart Sam was written to reach families with very young children to help prevent developmental and behavioral problems resulting from excessive screen exposure.Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLPCrystal is the owner and director of the Sanford Autism Advocacy Group, LLC ( a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow Autism families throughout the U.S. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact our team at info@sdautismhelp.com. For San Diego families, Crystal has also opened the Sanford Speech & Learning Center ( offering speech therapy and social groups for children of all abilities. Need help parents/caregivers? Access our free IEP guide and much more:
Screen Time: What Is Too Much? (Part 1)
Sep 9 2022
Screen Time: What Is Too Much? (Part 1)
Did the pandemic open the flood gates to more screen time in your home? Are you struggling to get your kids outside and off technology? Families, you are not alone! Join us as we discuss the issues of screen time, limits, etc. with Nicole Rawson, the founder of Screen Time Clinic ( Nicole devotes her time to helping families just like yours find “digital wellness” in this technology age.Nicole Rawson, MBANicole is the founder of Screen Time Clinic, the largest international network of digital wellness educators empowering families and businesses to reach their ideal level of functioning by creating healthy digital habits. She is a lifelong advocate of education, former secondary teacher, author, and mother of two teens. She has been immersed in the research relating to screens and development, helping individuals and families reconnect and flourish through reduced screen time since 2018. Her new children’s book Screen Smart Sam was written to reach families with very young children to help prevent developmental and behavioral problems resulting from excessive screen exposure.Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLP Crystal is the owner and director of the Sanford Autism Advocacy Group, LLC ( a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow Autism families throughout the U.S. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact our team at info@sdautismhelp.com. For San Diego families, Crystal has also opened the Sanford Speech & Learning Center ( offering speech therapy and social groups for children of all abilities. Need help parents/caregivers? Access our free IEP guide and much more: to schedule a 30-minute FREE consultation with Crystal and her team? Get empowered!
Parenting Hacks for Autism Families: Part 2
Sep 9 2022
Parenting Hacks for Autism Families: Part 2
Parenting in general can be tough and rewarding at the same time. Life gets a little more tricky when you add Autism to the mix. Learn parenting hacks to implement asap from our guest, Clinical Speech Pathologist, Consultant, Author, and Mom, Susie Harder ( HarderSusie Harder is a clinical speech-language pathologist who is also the Founder and Director of three organizations to support kids. As a speech-language pathologist, Susie worked in the school setting and taught graduate-level speech pathology courses until she opened her own practice, Central Valley Stuttering Center in Clovis CA. She is currently one of California's top requested workshop speakers in her area of specialty, a consultant for school districts across the state, a direct clinical service provider, and coaches parents in how to best support their kids at home. In addition, Susie is the Founder and Director of Kids Rebuild, a nonprofit she created to engage kids in a community-based rebuild project after the devastation of a wildfire. Her nonprofit journey led her into authoring a children's book to support kids who lost homes in a fire in her hometown. Her book, Where's My House? is a bestseller in 4 categories on Amazon with 100% of the book proceeds going toward kids who lost homes in the Central California Creek Fire. Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLPCrystal is the owner and director of the Sanford Autism Advocacy Group, LLC ( a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow Autism families throughout the U.S. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact our team at info@sdautismhelp.com. For San Diego families, Crystal has also opened the Sanford Speech & Learning Center ( offering speech therapy and social groups for children of all abilities. Need help parents/caregivers? Access our free IEP guide and much more: to schedule a 30-minute FREE consultation with Crystal and her team? Get empowered!
Parenting Hacks for Autism Families: Part 1
Sep 8 2022
Parenting Hacks for Autism Families: Part 1
Parenting in general can be tough and rewarding at the same time. Life gets a little more tricky when you add Autism to the mix. Learn parenting hacks to implement asap from our guest, Clinical Speech Pathologist, Consultant, Author, and Mom, Susie Harder ( HarderSusie Harder is a clinical speech-language pathologist who is also the Founder and Director of three organizations to support kids. As a speech-language pathologist, Susie worked in the school setting and taught graduate-level speech pathology courses until she opened her own practice, Central Valley Stuttering Center in Clovis CA. She is currently one of California's top requested workshop speakers in her area of specialty, a consultant for school districts across the state, a direct clinical service provider, and coaches parents in how to best support their kids at home. In addition, Susie is the Founder and Director of Kids Rebuild, a nonprofit she created to engage kids in a community-based rebuild project after the devastation of a wildfire. Her nonprofit journey led her into authoring a children's book to support kids who lost homes in a fire in her hometown. Her book, Where's My House? is a bestseller in 4 categories on Amazon with 100% of the book proceeds going toward kids who lost homes in the Central California Creek Fire. Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLP Crystal is the owner and director of the Sanford Autism Advocacy Group, LLC ( a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow Autism families throughout the U.S. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact our team at info@sdautismhelp.com. For San Diego families, Crystal has also opened the Sanford Speech & Learning Center ( offering speech therapy and social groups for children of all abilities. Need help parents/caregivers? Access our free IEP guide and much more: to schedule a 30-minute FREE consultation with Crystal and her team? Get empowered!
Friendships, Dating and Autism: Living Your Best Life (Part 1)
Sep 2 2022
Friendships, Dating and Autism: Living Your Best Life (Part 1)
Friendships and relationships can be amazing and awkward, all at the same time. In this episode, relationship coach Jeremy Hamburgh (MyBestSocialLife.com) helps young adults and adults on the autism spectrum learn better ways to connect with others. Parents will gain tips as well!Jeremy HamburghJeremy Hamburgh is the founder of My Best Social Life, where he is one of the first dating and friendship coaches in America to focus exclusively on transforming the social lives of autistic young adults.  A PEERS certified autism social skills instructor, Jeremy's clients make new friends, develop relationships, and build a vibrant social life in less time than they ever thought possible.  Over the last 12 years, Jeremy's combination of world class support, a comprehensive, step-by-step social strategy and a supportive online community has empowered his clients to meet countless new people, make tons of new friends, go on exciting dates, start amazing relationships...and some have even gotten married!  He has dedicated his career to empowering autistic adults to live their best social lives, and he helps them do it with a deep commitment to compassion and sensitivity. Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLP Crystal is the owner and director of the Sanford Autism Advocacy Group, LLC ( a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow Autism families throughout the U.S. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact our team at info@sdautismhelp.com. For San Diego families, Crystal has also opened the Sanford Speech & Learning Center ( offering speech therapy and social groups for children of all abilities. Need help parents/caregivers? Access our free IEP guide and much more: to schedule a 30-minute FREE consultation with Crystal and her team? Get empowered!
Friendships, Dating and Autism: Living Your Best Life (Part 2)
Sep 2 2022
Friendships, Dating and Autism: Living Your Best Life (Part 2)
Friendships and relationships can be amazing and awkward, all at the same time. In this episode, relationship coach Jeremy Hamburgh (MyBestSocialLife.com) helps young adults and adults on the autism spectrum learn better ways to connect with others. Parents will gain tips as well!Jeremy HamburghJeremy Hamburgh is the founder of My Best Social Life, where he is one of the first dating and friendship coaches in America to focus exclusively on transforming the social lives of autistic young adults.  A PEERS certified autism social skills instructor, Jeremy's clients make new friends, develop relationships, and build a vibrant social life in less time than they ever thought possible.  Over the last 12 years, Jeremy's combination of world class support, a comprehensive, step-by-step social strategy and a supportive online community has empowered his clients to meet countless new people, make tons of new friends, go on exciting dates, start amazing relationships...and some have even gotten married!  He has dedicated his career to empowering autistic adults to live their best social lives, and he helps them do it with a deep commitment to compassion and sensitivity.Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLPCrystal is the owner and director of the Sanford Autism Advocacy Group, LLC ( a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow Autism families throughout the U.S. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact our team at info@sdautismhelp.com. For San Diego families, Crystal has also opened the Sanford Speech & Learning Center ( offering speech therapy and social groups for children of all abilities. Need help parents/caregivers? Access our free IEP guide and much more: to schedule a 30-minute FREE consultation with Crystal and her team? Get empowered!
Financial Planning for Autism Families: Part 2
Sep 1 2022
Financial Planning for Autism Families: Part 2
It’s never too soon to start planning for your family’s future. However, this might feel overwhelming when it comes to finances. Listen up as our special guest Elizabeth Beltran helps us make “cents” of our money.Elizabeth BeltranI am currently going into my third year as a Financial Representative for Modern Woodmen of America and am so excited to continue helping families all around California. Modern Woodmen has been a great opportunity for me to learn and grow as a financial expert.We are a Fraternal Organization that not only focuses on a holistic approach to our clients financial planning, but also focuses on creating quality family life and community impact. Since we are not a publicly traded company, our profits end up going back into our members and their communities. I have always had a philanthropical heart and love that I get to include it with my career.My goal is to make sure my clients feel comfortable when talking about uncomfortable times in their life, I wish to help them plan for the good and bad days and for them to know that I truly care for their peace of mind and knowledge of financial planning.Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLPCrystal is the owner and director of the Sanford Autism Advocacy Group, LLC ( a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow Autism families throughout the U.S. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact our team at info@sdautismhelp.com. For San Diego families, Crystal has also opened the Sanford Speech & Learning Center ( offering speech therapy and social groups for children of all abilities. Need help parents/caregivers? Access our free IEP guide and much more: to schedule a 30-minute FREE consultation with Crystal and her team? Get empowered!
Financial Planning for Autism Families: Part 1
Sep 1 2022
Financial Planning for Autism Families: Part 1
It’s never too soon to start planning for your family’s future. However, this might feel overwhelming when it comes to finances. Listen up as our special guest Elizabeth Beltran helps us make “cents” of our money.Elizabeth BeltranI am currently going into my third year as a Financial Representative for Modern Woodmen of America and am so excited to continue helping families all around California. Modern Woodmen has been a great opportunity for me to learn and grow as a financial expert.We are a Fraternal Organization that not only focuses on a holistic approach to our clients financial planning, but also focuses on creating quality family life and community impact. Since we are not a publicly traded company, our profits end up going back into our members and their communities. I have always had a philanthropical heart and love that I get to include it with my career.My goal is to make sure my clients feel comfortable when talking about uncomfortable times in their life, I wish to help them plan for the good and bad days and for them to know that I truly care for their peace of mind and knowledge of financial planning.Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLP Crystal is the owner and director of the Sanford Autism Advocacy Group, LLC ( a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow Autism families throughout the U.S. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact our team at info@sdautismhelp.com. For San Diego families, Crystal has also opened the Sanford Speech & Learning Center ( offering speech therapy and social groups for children of all abilities. Need help parents/caregivers? Access our free IEP guide and much more: to schedule a 30-minute FREE consultation with Crystal and her team? Get empowered!
Autistic Adults Advancing in the Workforce: Part 2
Sep 1 2022
Autistic Adults Advancing in the Workforce: Part 2
Finding the right job is tough, especially for adults on the autism spectrum. In this episode, learn more about how to showcase your strengths and get connected with a meaningful place to work. Garrett HoffGarret Hoff is the founding Director of the Autism Tree Project Foundation (ATPF) Autism Advance Program, where he volunteers his time to help Autistic individuals advance in the workforce whether that be through academic or professional pursuits. He graduated summa cum laude from George Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Communication in May of 2021 and currently works in the Conflicts Department of AmLaw top 100 Law firm. He is planning on going to law school this fall and has already received over $650,000 worth of scholarship offers. Garrett was diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum at the age of 2 years and 9 months and received substantial hours of speech, music and occupational therapy for much of his childhood.Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLPCrystal is the owner and director of the Sanford Autism Advocacy Group, LLC ( a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow Autism families throughout the U.S. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact our team at info@sdautismhelp.com. For San Diego families, Crystal has also opened the Sanford Speech & Learning Center ( offering speech therapy and social groups for children of all abilities. Need help parents/caregivers? Access our free IEP guide and much more: to schedule a 30-minute FREE consultation with Crystal and her team? Get empowered!
Autistic Adults Advancing in the Workforce: Part 1
Sep 1 2022
Autistic Adults Advancing in the Workforce: Part 1
Finding the right job is tough, especially for adults on the autism spectrum. In this episode, learn more about how to showcase your strengths and get connected with a meaningful place to work. Garrett HoffGarret Hoff is the founding Director of the Autism Tree Project Foundation (ATPF) Autism Advance Program, where he volunteers his time to help Autistic individuals advance in the workforce whether that be through academic or professional pursuits. He graduated summa cum laude from George Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Communication in May of 2021 and currently works in the Conflicts Department of AmLaw top 100 Law firm. He is planning on going to law school this fall and has already received over $650,000 worth of scholarship offers. Garrett was diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum at the age of 2 years and 9 months and received substantial hours of speech, music and occupational therapy for much of his childhood.Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLP Crystal is the owner and director of the Sanford Autism Advocacy Group, LLC ( a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow Autism families throughout the U.S. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact our team at info@sdautismhelp.com. For San Diego families, Crystal has also opened the Sanford Speech & Learning Center ( offering speech therapy and social groups for children of all abilities. Need help parents/caregivers? Access our free IEP guide and much more: to schedule a 30-minute FREE consultation with Crystal and her team? Get empowered!
Autism Mom 101: Part 2
Aug 29 2022
Autism Mom 101: Part 2
Are you a mom new to an Autism diagnosis for your child? Feeling confused, overwhelmed, or losing hope? Have no fear! In this episode you will hear from fellow moms who are successfully navigating life as Autism parents. Learn tips that you can implement right away!Alondra Galvan, IEP AdvocateAlondra is a mother to a wonderful, six-year old autistic boy and a passionate IEP Advocate. She started her own family Autism journey with her son when he was just 18 months old. The process of a diagnosis was long and tiring, but thankfully Alondra’s love for reading and researching helped her to prepare for the long road ahead of them. ​Along the way, Alondra became a Registered Behavioral Technician (RBT) and has now transitioned to IEP advocacy. Helping other parents understand the IEP process is one of Alondra's greatest joys.Kristine Domingo, IEP AdvocateA San Diego native, Kristine has always strived to find ways to make effective positive change within her surrounding community. Whether it be in advocacy, volunteer work, or education, she truly believes that collaboration is the key to meaningful and impactful experiences. A former arts educator, she knew at a young age that she wanted to help children and families thrive within their own lives.Kristine strives to keep current with her advocacy development and is a member of the Counsel for Parent Attorneys & Advocates (COPAA). She is also working toward the 2022 Special Education Law & Advocacy Series (SELAS) certification. In her free time, Kristine enjoys music, dance, creating macrame/fiber art, and spending time with her family.Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLPCrystal is the owner and director of Sanford Autism Advocacy Group, LLC ( a consulting group offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystal specializes in supporting fellow families impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal and her team at info@sdautismhelp.com.Need help parents/caregivers? Access our free IEP guide and much more: to work with Crystal and her team? Here's how: Get started by scheduling your 30-minute FREE consultation: Get empowered!
Autism Mom 101: Part 1
Aug 21 2022
Autism Mom 101: Part 1
Are you a mom new to an Autism diagnosis for your child? Feeling confused, overwhelmed, or losing hope? Have no fear! In this episode you will hear from fellow moms who are successfully navigating life as Autism parents. Learn tips that you can implement right away!Alondra Galvan, IEP AdvocateAlondra is a mother to a wonderful, six-year old autistic boy and a passionate IEP Advocate. She started her own family Autism journey with her son when he was just 18 months old. The process of a diagnosis was long and tiring, but thankfully Alondra’s love for reading and researching helped her to prepare for the long road ahead of them. ​Along the way, Alondra became a Registered Behavioral Technician (RBT) and has now transitioned to IEP advocacy. Helping other parents understand the IEP process is one of Alondra's greatest joys.Kristine Domingo, IEP AdvocateA San Diego native, Kristine has always strived to find ways to make effective positive change within her surrounding community. Whether it be in advocacy, volunteer work, or education, she truly believes that collaboration is the key to meaningful and impactful experiences. A former arts educator, she knew at a young age that she wanted to help children and families thrive within their own lives.Kristine strives to keep current with her advocacy development and is a member of the Counsel for Parent Attorneys & Advocates (COPAA). She is also working toward the 2022 Special Education Law & Advocacy Series (SELAS) certification. In her free time, Kristine enjoys music, dance, creating macrame/fiber art, and spending time with her family.Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLP Crystal is the owner and director of the Sanford Autism Advocacy Group, LLC ( a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow Autism families throughout the U.S. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact our team at info@sdautismhelp.com. For San Diego families, Crystal has also opened the Sanford Speech & Learning Center ( offering speech therapy and social groups for children of all abilities. Need help parents/caregivers? Access our free IEP guide and much more: to schedule a 30-minute FREE consultation with Crystal? Get empowered!