Alabama Autism Assistance Program/ The HANDS Program

Alabama Autism Assistance Program/ The HANDS Program Alabama Autism Assistance Program (AAAP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
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Autism affects 1 out of 88 children. The mission of the AAAP/HANDS is to provide scholarships and therapy to children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.

Alabama Autism Assistance Program/The HANDS Program wants to wish all the mothers out there a Happy Mother's Day!
05/10/2020

Alabama Autism Assistance Program/The HANDS Program wants to wish all the mothers out there a Happy Mother's Day!

Our last spotlight is going to be a long one, but please read!!! Today’s spotlight is on Blake!!! Blake was the first li...
04/30/2020

Our last spotlight is going to be a long one, but please read!!! Today’s spotlight is on Blake!!! Blake was the first little guy I ever worked with. This was 1996, before there were BCBAs, RBTs or LBAs. In 1996, autism occurred in 1 in 1000 people, it was rare. In 1996, you had to search for ways to treat your child and training on how to do so. ABA was uncharted territory but Blake’s mom navigated it like a champ!! She and I even had the opportunity to receive training from Ivaar Lovaas. Methodologies and philosophies have changed and evolved, but the science remains and he was the first person to prove that ABA is the gold standard for treating autism.
Back to my buddy, Blake. We learned and grew a lot together. We worked hard but found time for trips to McDonalds and the park. He also loved hanging at my apartment at Bama with me and my roommates!! Today, Blake likes to swim, hang out with his family, watch Disney movies, swing, and ride dirt roads with his dad in his truck!! Blake, if it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing now! I’m so blessed to have had the opportunity to know and love you and your wonderful family!!! Thank you!!!!! 💙💙💙💙💙💙💙

Today’s spotlight is on Markel!! He is 17 years old. Markel enjoys fishing, going to the beach, word searches, baseball ...
04/29/2020

Today’s spotlight is on Markel!! He is 17 years old. Markel enjoys fishing, going to the beach, word searches, baseball and bead crafts. Markel loves to help around the house by doing dishes, folding clothes, and cooking!!!!! He knows sign language and taught HIMSELF how to swim AND ride a bike!! Wow!!!! Markel likes coming to HANDS because he can learn in a relaxed environment. We are glad you feel relaxed and happy when you are at HANDS. Markel, You are an amazing young man!!! 💙💙

Today’s spotlight is on MacKenzie!! She is 20 years old and her identical twin sister was featured yesterday!! MacKenzie...
04/28/2020

Today’s spotlight is on MacKenzie!! She is 20 years old and her identical twin sister was featured yesterday!! MacKenzie likes to be the social coordinator for the family and pick where they go when they are going out to eat!! MacKenzie loves to go on walks with her dad and swing on her porch swing. She also loves the beach!!!! You are such a wonderful young lady, MacKenzie!! We are so proud of you!!! 💙💙

Our spotlight today is on MACIE!!  Macie is 20 years old and has an identical twin sister who will be featured tomorrow!...
04/27/2020

Our spotlight today is on MACIE!! Macie is 20 years old and has an identical twin sister who will be featured tomorrow! Macie loves to do word searches, build things with legos, play on her ipad and listen to music. Her favorite vacation spot is the beach and her favorite restaurant is Sea and Suds!!! Macie also likes to play basketball and is a great free throw shooter! Macie, It has been a joy to watch you grow into a beautiful young lady inside and out!!!

Our spotlight today is on Omead. He is a wonderful 27 year old young man who loves going to the rodeo, playing badminton...
04/24/2020

Our spotlight today is on Omead. He is a wonderful 27 year old young man who loves going to the rodeo, playing badminton and all things DISNEY WORLD!! Omead is the "KING" of movie quotes. He can also do amazing things using photo shop to create cool pics of Disney Characters and their settings! Omead loves the entire HANDS Team, especially Ms. Riley!!! You are one cool and interesting guy, Omead!!!!

bonfire.com/handsprogramCheck out these adorable tshirts!!  They come in all different styles, colors and sizes for kids...
04/24/2020
Kinect: Alabama State Autism | Bonfire

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Check out these adorable tshirts!! They come in all different styles, colors and sizes for kids and adults. A portion of the proceeds will go to help continue to fund our KINECT SPORTS program so that we can continue to make it fun and FREE for all who want to play!!!! #teamhands #kinect #kinectbasketball #kinectkickball #allarewelcome

Help support our autism socialization program, Kinect: Social Groups. Kinect: Social Groups was started to give kids and adults with autism a safe place to interact and...

Today's Spotlight is on Alisha!!  Alisha enjoys arts and crafts, riding off road vehicles, car rides, going for walks, l...
04/23/2020

Today's Spotlight is on Alisha!! Alisha enjoys arts and crafts, riding off road vehicles, car rides, going for walks, listening to music,playing games on her ipad and learning new things!! Alisha is an active participant in our KINECT activities. She loves the social groups, especially yoga, arts and crafts and kickball!! We love those too, Alisha and can not wait to do them again!! You have grown into a wonderful young woman! We are so proud of you Alisha!!

Today's spotlight is on REID!!!!!  He is 15 years old.  Reid loves going to school, riding horses at the RED BARN, playi...
04/22/2020

Today's spotlight is on REID!!!!! He is 15 years old. Reid loves going to school, riding horses at the RED BARN, playing kickball at HANDS, doing art projects, swimming and riding bikes!! Reid loves everything about vacuums!! He even has his own business cleaning vacuums!! Reid's favorite thing about HANDS is playing kickball and eating at Mellow Mushroom after the games!!! You always brighten our day Reid!!!!!

There's still time to support our t-shirt campaign! Go to bonfire.com/handsprogram to  look at our new design on all of ...
04/21/2020
Kinect: Alabama State Autism | Bonfire

There's still time to support our t-shirt campaign! Go to bonfire.com/handsprogram to look at our new design on all of the available products. We have adult and youth sizes available!

Help support our autism socialization program, Kinect: Social Groups. Kinect: Social Groups was started to give kids and adults with autism a safe place to interact and...

Today, our spotlight is on Bentley!!! His favorite activities are coloring and playing outside! He loves to give hugs an...
04/21/2020

Today, our spotlight is on Bentley!!! His favorite activities are coloring and playing outside! He loves to give hugs and cuddle!! Bentley's favorite thing about HANDS is listening to songs during his sessions. His parents love seeing his progress and the confidence he has gained. We are so proud of you Bentley!!!

Cole is our spotlight today!!  He is 5 years old.  Cole's favorite things to do are play outside and jump on the trampol...
04/20/2020

Cole is our spotlight today!! He is 5 years old. Cole's favorite things to do are play outside and jump on the trampoline!! He is the youngest of 4 and the only boy!! Cole's favorite thing about HANDS is getting to see Miss Sara Beth!! You are one cool kid, Cole!!!!

Today's spotlight is on Alex!! Alex is 14 years old!!  He is such a delightful young man.  He is so polite and remembers...
04/17/2020

Today's spotlight is on Alex!! Alex is 14 years old!! He is such a delightful young man. He is so polite and remembers everyone's name. Alex is on his school's Archery Team!!! That is SO cool!! You make us proud Alex!

Today's spotlight is on Emma Grace!! Emma Grace is 5 years old. She loves to to swing, slide, play in bounce houses, jum...
04/16/2020

Today's spotlight is on Emma Grace!! Emma Grace is 5 years old. She loves to to swing, slide, play in bounce houses, jump on the trampoline, play in the sand, play with playdough and give lots of hugs!! Her favorite thing about HANDS is Ms. Riley!!! Emma Grace was adopted from Hungary by her sweet family when she was 3 years old, but she looks EXACTLY like her adopted Granddaddy when he was a little boy! Emma Grace's current request is to have a Roomba and a cat so that the cat can ride the Roomba! 😂😂 You are ALWAYS making us laugh and smile Emma Grace!!

Today's spotlight is on London!!  He is 9 years old.  He loves to fish, ride his bike, watch cartoons, draw, play with c...
04/15/2020

Today's spotlight is on London!! He is 9 years old. He loves to fish, ride his bike, watch cartoons, draw, play with cars and dress up like superheros!!!! He can also play the piano!!! London has learned new coping strategies during his ABA sessions at HANDS. That has helped him deal with anxiety. He even helps his mom calm down when she is feeling anxious! Way to go London. You are always there to lend a helping hand!!!!!

Today, our Spotlight is shining on Hudson!!! He is 6 years old.  Hudson's favorite things to do are eat and play outside...
04/14/2020

Today, our Spotlight is shining on Hudson!!! He is 6 years old. Hudson's favorite things to do are eat and play outside! He loves to splash around in water, play in the dirt and sand and ride his bicycle and scooter. Hudson also loves to watch the sunset. He has made so much progress with ABA therapy and using his LAMP device! His favorite thing about HANDS is getting to listen to Lion King Circle of Life with Miss Mercedes and Miss Sara Beth!! Hudson, you have the most beautiful smile and you brighten everyone's day!!!

Today’s spotlight is on David!!! David is 23 years old. He enjoys horseback riding, gymnastics, trampoline parks, and pl...
04/13/2020

Today’s spotlight is on David!!! David is 23 years old. He enjoys horseback riding, gymnastics, trampoline parks, and playing sports!!! He has been participating in our Kinect social groups and sports programs for the last few years. Kickball is his favorite!!! It’s ours too David!! We can’t wait to watch you play again this summer!! 💙💙

Happy Easter from HANDS!!!!
04/12/2020

Happy Easter from HANDS!!!!

Michael is our spotlight today!!! He is 8 years old. Michael loves doing things outside! Some of his favorites are swimm...
04/11/2020

Michael is our spotlight today!!! He is 8 years old. Michael loves doing things outside! Some of his favorites are swimming, swinging, riding his scooter, jumping on his trampoline and going for walks. He also helps his mom cook!! Michael communicates SO well with his LAMP device, especially when it comes to requesting his favorite foods!! 😋Michael, you have a smile that is contagious!! We love you!! 💙💙

Today’s spotlight is on Kamari!!! Kamari is 3 years old. He is the handsome guy on the right!! Like his brother Kylan, K...
04/10/2020

Today’s spotlight is on Kamari!!! Kamari is 3 years old. He is the handsome guy on the right!! Like his brother Kylan, Kamari also loves to ride bikes, play with monster trucks and ride power wheels!! Kamari likes to talk in a high falsetto voice. He thinks it is SO funny!!! You are always making us smile and laugh, Kamari!!! 💙💙

Our spotlight today is on Kylan!!!! Kylan is 3 years old. He is the cutie on the left, his brother Kamari will be our sp...
04/09/2020

Our spotlight today is on Kylan!!!! Kylan is 3 years old. He is the cutie on the left, his brother Kamari will be our spotlight tomorrow! 😍😍Kylan loves to ride bikes, play with monster trucks, and ride power wheels!! Kylan has been reading since he was 2 years old!! Way to go Kylan!! You are always amazing us!!

Our Spotlight is on Lily today!!! Her favorite activities are playing softball, basketball and kickball! She loves to wa...
04/08/2020

Our Spotlight is on Lily today!!! Her favorite activities are playing softball, basketball and kickball! She loves to watch Helena baseball and play with her dogs Luna and Ady. Lily has such a kind heart and always makes sure to include others in all she does. Her favorite thing about HANDS is meeting new people and playing kickball and basketball in our Kinect Sports Program!! We love your kind and loving heart Lily!! 💙💙

Today's spotlight is on Nicholas!!!! Nick is 14 years old.  He loves playing outside, playing Disney's Kingdom of Hearts...
04/07/2020

Today's spotlight is on Nicholas!!!! Nick is 14 years old. He loves playing outside, playing Disney's Kingdom of Hearts and Wii Orchestra. Nick is a very gifted musician. He plays the violin, cello and the keyboard!!! His favorite thing about HANDS is Miss Heather!!! Nick, you are an AMAZING young man! We love you!

Today, our spotlight is on Jaycob!!! Jaycob is 16 years old. He loves sports, riding his bike, listening to music and pl...
04/06/2020

Today, our spotlight is on Jaycob!!! Jaycob is 16 years old. He loves sports, riding his bike, listening to music and playing on his phone! When Jaycob was little, he made up his own sign language to help him tell his parents what he wanted!! It worked!! 👍🏻Jaycob loves playing kickball with our Kinect Sports Program. We love watching you play and compete Jaycob!!!

Today’s spotlight is on Henley!!! He is 20 years old and loves hanging out with friends! He enjoys listening to music. H...
04/05/2020

Today’s spotlight is on Henley!!! He is 20 years old and loves hanging out with friends! He enjoys listening to music. His favorites are John Denver, James Taylor and Bach. Henley is able to tell you the day of the week for any calendar date past or present. Isn’t that cool!!!Henley’s parents appreciate HANDS flexibility in services at different developmental stages and needs. We have loved watching you grow up Henley!! 💙💙

And our spotlight is on Conner today!!!!! He is five years old. Conner loves bowling, reading Pete The Cat books (he tau...
04/04/2020

And our spotlight is on Conner today!!!!! He is five years old. Conner loves bowling, reading Pete The Cat books (he taught HIMSELF how to read!!!), blowing bubbles, the beach, swimming, swinging and playing on his iPad!! His favorite things about HANDS are Miss Sara Beth and playing with his best buddy “B”. You always brighten our day Conner!!!!! 💙💙

Today’s spotlight is on Scarlet!! Scarlet is 4 years old. She loves to read and has been able to read since she was 3!!!...
04/03/2020

Today’s spotlight is on Scarlet!! Scarlet is 4 years old. She loves to read and has been able to read since she was 3!!!! Scarlet also loves to play outside. Her mom says she loves HANDS because “it sincerely feels like family”. That’s what we strive for, and we are so glad that you feel that way!! Keep up the good work Scarlet!!! 💙💙💙 #teamhands #autism

Today’s April spotlight is on Owen!! Owen is 10 years old and in the 4th grade. His favorite foods are pizza and French ...
04/02/2020

Today’s April spotlight is on Owen!! Owen is 10 years old and in the 4th grade. His favorite foods are pizza and French fries. He loves to swing, ride his bike, communicate on his LAMP device and hang out with his sister. His favorite thing about HANDS is Miss Heather!! (He’s even holding her pic in one of his spotlight pictures!💙). We are so grateful that you are finding your voice, Owen!!

Hello Friends, For the month of April we are going to spotlight a special person each day. Today it is Cayman!! Cayman i...
04/02/2020

Hello Friends, For the month of April we are going to spotlight a special person each day. Today it is Cayman!! Cayman is 8 years old and in the second grade. She loves unicorns more than life itself and her favorite food is pasta. She likes to ice skate, swim and ride her bike. She says she likes to come to HANDS “Because Ms. Riley loves me and I get to play Duck Life on my break!” We are so proud of you Cayman💙💙

04/01/2020

To kick off Autism Awareness Month, we are giving away 2 t-shirts! Make sure to like this post and tag a friend to enter. Winners will be announced tomorrow!

Alabama Autism Assistance Program/ The HANDS Program
04/01/2020

Alabama Autism Assistance Program/ The HANDS Program

❗Fundraiser Alert❗ Visit vantelpearls.com/Candacerigdon to preorder Vantel Pearl's new autism collection exclusive to th...
03/25/2020

❗Fundraiser Alert❗ Visit vantelpearls.com/Candacerigdon to preorder Vantel Pearl's new autism collection exclusive to this month only! A portion of the proceeds goes towards our programs. #supportsmallbusinesses #teamhands #autismacceptance

LAMP is going on sale starting tomorrow!
03/24/2020

LAMP is going on sale starting tomorrow!

We understand that these are trying times. That’s why PRC-Saltillo is making communication at home a little easier with 50% off our industry-leading iOS app, LAMP Words for Life® from PRC. Offer valid March 24-30, 2020

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Almost the whole team together!! #uaautismconference #teamhands
02/28/2020

Almost the whole team together!! #uaautismconference #teamhands

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Through the HANDS Program, AAAP is able to offer multiple options for behavioral and group therapy. Some of the options include: one on one in-clinic behavioral therapy, one on one home/school behavioral therapy, preschool classes, social skills groups, training for parents and professionals, and consultation services for parents and professionals.

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Have you been thinking about the Inaugural Tri State Adult Autism Symposium Conference but have not registered yet? Great. Just today, two people from Kansas registered to attend the conference. Someone from Phoenix, Arizona and a family from the Washington DC suburbs have already registered. That is why the words "Tri State" is a misnomer in the name of this conference. People from Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Kansas, Arizona, and Virginia have registered so far. Why not register, too? After all, this is an adult autism conference founded by an autistic adult for the adult autism community and autism community at large. The first and only adult autism conference east of the Mississippi River and only one of three adult autism conferences on this entire planet. Why attend the conference? Lots of social networking for autistic adults. A terrific silent auction, session presenters, and much more. For more information about the conference and registration, please go to www . gcaspies . org / conference. Early bird registration going on now. Don't wait too long before early bird ends - the cost to register will go up. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you in Chattanooga, Tennessee on July 22. Any questions? Email me at [email protected].