We are making a pledge to “Light It Up Blue” in Support of World Autism Day on April 2, 2013.  In its fourth year, “Light It Up Blue” is a unique global intiative to help raise awareness about Autism.  Iconic landmarks around the world will “Light It Up Blue” to show their support.  We are going to put some blue into April 2nd by replacing our front porch light, stringing lights or wearing blue.  Find out more at www.lightitupblue.org


Jan Shefferly & Frank Swinkey

Sara Kemp & Giles Arendt

Lora and Christopher Clements

Hands on Childrens Museum

Kasey & Justin Ruiz

Elizabeth Catterson

Joe and Linda Swinkey

Scot & Annette McQueen

Louise Boxill

Deliese Catterson

Eric Mallek

Steven Welliever & Jessica Archer

Heide & Doug Caesar

Capitol Playhouse

Mike & Linda Fredericks

Heather & Jake Winfrey

Kellen Krieg

Carolyn & Harrison Fry

Stephanie & Jerod Nace

South Puget Sound Painting

Lauren O’Neill

Kayla Oakes

Karan L Wright

Claudia Rodriguez

The Allen Family

The Williams Family

The Johnson Family

Marcie Taylor

Mario Marini

Brenda Amburgy

Patrick Wigren

Matt Flores

Trish Stier

Michael Berst

Lisa and Lauren Askew

Catriona, Claire and Connor Colerick

Caleb McDonough

Karen White

Leah White

Kellie Anton

Neva Lou Lenk

Robin Zukoski

Katie Kemp

Patty Blackburn

Rachel Ann Swinkey

Lucinda Palmer Lambert

Hazel Lewis

Kristy Dees

This year, the gingerbread house was characterized by child-driven themes of symmetry and stacking.  Our students and their brothers and sisters had a hand in this memorable tradition.  I’m sure that Santa and his reindeer will enjoy the creative touches of the chimney that reaches to the sky and the extra treats dropped into the house. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

On April 17th, Pediatric Therapy Associates Jan, Lora and Sara met with the preschool teaching team as well as the elementary education and special programs teachers and support staff  at the Hands On Children’s Museum to present “Tips for Teachers”.  The inservice focused on providing clinical information and practical sensory based and social thinking strategies that can be used with museum guests and education program participants who are on the Autism Spectrum.  It was a pleasure to meet with these skilled and caring teachers and staff.  We appreciate the fabulous opportunities that HOCM provides for children in our community.  A special thanks to HOCM for displaying the Autism Speaks sign and blue lights in a prominent location for the Autism Awareness campaign earlier this month.  The picture below shows us with just a few of the participanats in the inservice.

Jan, Lora and Sara with select museum staff


We are making a pledge to “Light It Up Blue” in support of World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, 2012.  In its third year, “Light It Up Blue” is a unique global initiative to help raise awareness about autism.  Iconic landmarks around the world will “Light It Up Blue” to show their support.  We are going to replace our front porch light with a blue light, wear the color blue or maybe string a strand of lights in our window.  Autism Speaks, North America’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, is launching a Light It Up Blue iPhone App to help support the campaign.  Find out more at www.lightitupblue.org


Marcie Taylor

Heather Painter

Karan Wright

Hands On Children’s Museum

Janet Shefferly & Frank Swinkey

Budd Bay Realty

Grant and Mary Johnson

Jill Daniel

Buddy Up! Horsemanship

Mindy Stanley

Sara Kemp

Terrina Gadd

Sandy Williams

Jessica Stelle

Capital Playhouse

Heidi Fredericks

Robyn Sowers

Helen and Daniel Allen

Rebecca Allen

Denise Dress

Liam and Leigh Davis

Evelyn Williams

Gretchen Maliska

Karen White

Leah White

Christopher and Lora Clements

Billie Uhri

Jessica Reever-Rush

Rachel Swinkey


Our students and their sibs helped to decorate our third annual gingerbread house this week…a creative and sticky undertaking!

We wish all of you a very happy and healthy holiday season!