FirstSteps Raises Over $5,000 For Autism!

altFirstSteps helped to raise funds for Autism Speaks Los Angeles and Bay Area Walks as well as Autism Society of Ventura County's Aut2Run and raised over $5,000 this year! Over the past 12 years, we have raised over $160,000 in proceeds for autism education and research. In addition to the money raised, our staff enjoyed working with families handprint over 200 balloons, 40oz of paint and 20oz of glitter! We also held our first ever Pier to Pier Fun Run & Walk to help raise money for the Autism Speaks Los Angeles Walk this year!

Our Hermosa Beach and West Los Angeles centers ran and walked between the Manhattan Beach Pier and Hermosa Beach Pier during the Pier to Pier Fun Run & Walk on Saturday, April 15th. Next, our North Los Angeles/Ventura County Center participated in Autism Society of Ventura County's Aut2Run on Sunday, April 23rd. Lastly, our East Los Angeles Center participated in Autism Speaks Los Angeles Walk at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, April 29th. 

Thank you to our families and staff who helped to shed a light on autism awareness and acceptance! 

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FirstSteps Pledges To Light It Up Blue!

liub 2017Team FirstSteps is proud to Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness! 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates autism's prevalence as 1 in 68 children in the United States. 

Join us and shed a light during World Autism Awareness Month and support World Autism Awareness Day on Sunday, April 2nd, 2017. 

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Upcoming Sensory-Friendly Movie Screenings for March/April

AMC Theatres will be featuring sensory-friendly screenings for Beauty and the Beast, Power Rangers, and The Boss Baby! 

Each local participating theater will offer showtimes on the following days for: 

  • Beauty and the Beast - Saturday, March 25th, 2017 
  • Power Rangers - Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 
  • The Boss Baby - Saturday, April 8th, 2017 

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Spring Crafts for National Craft Month

March is National Craft Month! Here are some of our favorite crafts you can do with your family: 


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Tips for Dentist Trips

DentistFebruary was National Children’s Dental Health Month, but it’s important to focus on best dental practices all year round. As such, we want to take this opportunity to pass along some helpful tips to consider to make these visits a bit more enjoyable.

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Holiday Tips

holiday tipsThe holidays are a time to celebrate with friends and family. It is also a time to give thanks and celebrate the spirit of giving and receiving. Below you will find some helpful tips to help make this holiday season merry and bright for your child and your family

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Thanksgiving Tips

thanksgiving day tips 300x200Thanksgiving is a time to gather with friends and family to celebrate and give thanks. However, for some families of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), this holiday may be overwhelming with all of the many unfamiliar foods, faces, and places. 

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Halloween Tips

iStock 102116461 SMALLHalloween can be a fun holiday, however, with all of the ghosts, goblins, and commotion out there, it has the potential to be scary as well. To help make Halloween fun and safe for all, we offer the following tips:

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Transitioning Back to School

back to schoolNow that morning drop-offs and afternoon pick-ups are a part of the daily routine, we hope everyone is feeling more settled. If there are any remaining jitters or you are looking to help your child master the skills required of the daily routines, please review some of our helpful tips. 

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Airline Travel Tips

iStock 73952937 SMALLMost airlines offer early boarding for passengers traveling with children and/or those with special needs. But should you take advantage of it? Early boarding means more time in the seat waiting for the plane to take off and more passengers squeezing through the aisles with luggage, which could be quite aversive. Below are some helpful tips to consider regarding early boarding, as well as ideas on how to make your traveling time a bit easier and hopefully, a lot more fun. 

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