At Kara Dodds & Associates, that’s cause for celebration! We partner with some of the best organizations in San Diego to provide services to our children, and to show our appreciation, we’d like to recognize their efforts.

We’ve had a long relationship with Valerie Saraf, the curator of Valerie’s List and Facebook pages. She has been a strong advocate for persons living with Autism for years, and is a strong voice for the amazing capacities of our children. We don’t know what we’d do without her newsletter. Stop over and take a look at the resources available for parents and kids, and start thriving!

Our friends at the Autism Tree Project Foundation have been partnering with us to provide free early intervention preschool screenings, serving over 2000 kids a year, and over 10,000 children since their inception in 2006. Autism Tree Project Foundation also provides mentoring for parents and several other resources. We’re proud to know them and hope you check them out!

There are several fun activities for you and the kids this month, and at Autism Speaks, you can download a puzzle piece project toolkit. The kit comes geared to Kindergarten all the way through high school (you can specify the age) and is an activity designed to raise awareness of what it’s like to process differently. There are many resources on this site raise awareness and celebrate our children’s capacities and contributions.

At Kara Dodds & Associates, we love working with your kids and believe in their capacity to learn and thrive. Finally we’d like to celebrate YOU! The families we partner with, for the privilege of working with you.

Read our Rave Reviews

Watching the documentary brought tears to my eyes and made my heart swell up. Words will never be able to express what the therapists at Kara dodds have done for our family.

Six months ago, I brought my son Atticus in for his evaluation, with only a handful of words and a tendancy to withdraw from interaction, I was desperately seeking someone...someway to help him.

Today he is like a brand new kid! He is thriving! Talking, playing, and so happy. I am so proud that he is mine, and to have kara dodds to thank for helping to give him the words and the will to use them.

B. Ellson

News, Media and Blogs

Strength and Power Training for Children with Poor Coordination!

By Veronica Glen, PT, DPT (

When Physical Therapists see a clumsy or uncoordinated child, one of the first thoughts we think is “That kid can use some balance training!” or “They could benefit from functional activity practice!” What current evidence based research is finding is that strength and power training can be just as helpful if not MORE helpful than functional movement training!

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