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February is an important time of year, as we celebrate Black History Month to recognize the central role of the Black community in US history and to highlight the community’s many achievements. February also brings us American Heart Month, promoting the opportunity to take care of our heart health. Finally, we also want to take a moment to wish a joyous new year to all of our families who celebrate the Lunar New Year!

Take a look at our updates and stories for this month.

Autism Services

This year has been off to a busy start for our ABA program! Some of our practitioners were able to attend our very own BHPN conference, which was full of informative speakers discussing timely topics and new research in the field. Our team was especially excited to catch Dr. Temple Grandin’s presentation!

Our ABA practitioners are often asked for book recommendations from our parents and caregivers on

topics related to autism. We’d love to share our teams’ must-read recommendations, with topics that resonate with our client families! Our recommendations below are focused on books written by people on the autism spectrum, and can also be shared by parents and caregivers with other family members or people in the community that would like to learn more about autism as well.

  • The Autistic Brain: Helping Different Kinds of Minds Succeed by Dr. Temple Grandin
  • The Real Experts: Readings for Parents of Autistic Children by Michelle Sutton
  • How Can I Talk If My Lips Don't Move: Inside My Autistic Mind by Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay
  • Carly’s Voice: Breaking Through Autism by Arthur Fleishmann

Want a refreshing dose of neurodiversity in your TV lineup? Amazon Prime Video’s new show As We See It features actors on the autism spectrum, along with a neurodiverse crew and production staff. Catch the first season to celebrate authentic representation!


This month, we’re sharing an interview with Christian (23) who started attending Kaleidoscope in March 2021. He began the program when we were entirely remote, but is now enjoying 3 days per week in-person. Here’s what Christian thinks about the program...

Q: What do you like about Kaleidoscope?

A: I love all of the activities we do and the places we go. The Lawrence Hall of Science was really fun, the movies,

and the games we play. I like having fun and learning how to go places, and taking my time to pick what I like.

Q: What do you want to learn while at Kaleidoscope?

A: More independent stuff like microwaving and baking brownies.

Q: What activity do you look forward to the most?

A: I love going to the movies, so I get excited when I see it on the calendar. Buying lunch is always fun because we get to try new places.

Q: What’s the best thing about Kaleidoscope?

A: I have made new friends and met new people. It wasn’t easy meeting people when the world was closed down, and you guys made it easy with the Zoom projects and games.

We’re glad to have Christian at Kaleidoscope learning and socializing with others, especially during a pandemic where making new friends had been a challenge. Our program is currently accepting new participants at both our Dublin and Walnut Creek locations. Please have interested friends and family reach out to Zach Lupton at [email protected]

Early Intervention (EI)

Early literacy helps children develop a rich vocabulary, self-expression and reading comprehension. For our clients ages 0-5, research tells us that the first 3 years of life are critical for a child’s brain development. Early literacy helps children develop a rich vocabulary, self-expression and reading comprehension. Singing and reading to children are some of the most important ways to help your child develop literacy early in childhood. Children learn to make sounds, move their mouths and use

gestures to communicate, which helps to provide a foundation for their language and listening skills.

By attending our virtual Learning Focus Groups, our clients get exposed to words and sounds making them excited to participate in other early literacy activities when they transition to pre-school. In our Learning Focus Groups, we practice oral motor exercises to help gain skills in communication. Oral motor exercises can be fun to do with children sitting in front of a mirror or with siblings and friends. These exercises teach children to move their tongue and lips to form letters and sounds.

Try out some of these activities to practice!

You can always reach out to [email protected] for more information on our EI services.

Did You Know?

You can make your Amazon purchases count towards supporting Easterseals Northern California’s programs with donations made by Amazon! Next time you want to browse and shop Amazon, visit and select Easterseals Northern California as your charity of choice before putting anything into your cart. There is no additional cost to do this and the Amazon shopping experience is just the same as the “old-fashioned” way. Shop for nearly all your favorite goods while doing some good!

For general questions, please reach out to us at [email protected]

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