Thriving Autism Families

Words of Wisdom from an Autism Mom: Part 1

September 16, 2022 Crystal Sanford Season 3 Episode 8
Thriving Autism Families
Words of Wisdom from an Autism Mom: Part 1
Show Notes

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 Hoff
Dayna 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 For San Diego families, Crystal has also opened the Sanford Speech & Learning Center (, offering speech therapy and social groups for children of all abilities. 

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