Respite care

Autism Speaks defines respite care as, “short-term care for a child or adult that allows the primary caregiver relief.” Respite care can be rewarding, needed, and highly beneficial to those caring for loved ones with autism. The key is using Respite Care in ways that benefit your family, your time, and your mental health. For […]

Tyler Kinser

Hope For Three is so proud of our July Autism All-Star, Tyler Kinser! Tyler is a 22 year-old Avondale House graduate! After 9 years, Tyler was presented with his high school diploma in May of 2022. Tyler’s diploma a symbol of the hard work, dedication, and patience required of him. Noticing Tyler’s differences after 17 […]

The Importance of Parents Finding Relaxation

Parents take on several tasks every single day: scheduling, routines, doctor’s appointments, meals, homework, school, practices, and so much more. For many families around the globe, an autism diagnosis makes that list even longer. Rather than spending time planning family vacations for the summer, most parents of children with autism are preparing themselves and their […]

The Role of Siblings to Autistic People

For families beginning the autism journey with a new autism spectrum disorder diagnosis, parents may ask, “What does this mean for my family?” Or, “What does this mean for my other children?” The critical thing to remember is that you are not alone. Many families wonder how their other children, older or younger, will process […]

Melody Joy DiPasca

Hope For Three is honored to announce our June autism All-Star, Melody Joy DiPasca. Melody is a hardworking mother and advocate of two handsome little boys. When her youngest son, Gio, was diagnosed with autism, she knew her life would change but was unsure how. Since her family’s journey with autism, Melody embraced the difficult […]

The Role of Parents and Caregivers to an Autistic Child

For every child, the role of a parent/caregiver goes further than the word “caregiver.” It means advocator, supporter, friend, comforter, protector, and more. For a child that needs assistance communicating their wants and needs, the role of a parent/caregiver becomes essential to their mental and physical growth. So how can a parent adequately be a […]

Transition for a Student with Autism Spectrum Disorder – Life after High School

Every day we continue in life is another day to learn something new, create a new goal, or build relationships. As children and adults grow in their understanding of the world around them, they are learning. For those with autism, learning life skills is crucial for development and transition into life after school. A high […]

Addison Ciszewski (Age 10)

Hope For Three is proud to announce our May Autism All-Star, 10-year-old Addison “Addi” Ciszewski! Addi was described as “vivacious” by the medical staff when she was born and has lived up to that adjective ever since! She shines brightest outdoors, surrounded by nature, her dog, bubbles, the pool, and hopefully some frogs! Addison loves […]

Cookie Joe

Hope For Three is proud to announce our May Autism Superhero, Cookie Joe! Cookie is a longtime friend and motivator for Hope For Three and our community. Cookie took her passion for dance and helping others to a whole new level when she opened Cookie Joe’s Dancin’ School 40 years ago: bringing passion, love, and […]

Grant Maniér Update

Hope For Three is honored to announce our second-time nominated April Autism All-Star, Grant Maniér. Locally known as Jigsaw Grant, the co-author, award-winning Eco-artist, and special needs advocate has been making strides in his social life, academic, and professional life. Grant’s artistic abilities began at a young age; loving to draw, paint, and express himself. […]