Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) seems to be a hot topic all over the news. From the increase of kids being diagnosed with ASD to theories about what causes spectrum disorders. A diagnosis of ASD typically happens when a child is between 1 and 5 years old, although it may happen at any point during a person's lifetime. What makes ASD far more complicated is that, as the name indicates, the spectrum covers a wide range of difficulties and we are still unable to pinpoint exactly what each child's progression will look like. So the earlier the diagnosis happens, and the earlier services are put in place, the better the outcome.

Once a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder is made, there are many options that can be put into place to help the child and the parents or guardians. Assembling a team of professionals and coordinating services with the school are essential to the success of the child, regardless of the child's age. Prepare To Bloom is here to help create your team.

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A Plan for Summer Posted April 25 2011 | 6:56 pm

As Spring Break comes to an end, the count down to summer begins. Summer means family trips, summer school, camps, and lots of unstructured time. This leaves parents with the daunting task of figuring out what to do to fill three months of freedom. Proper planning is the key to a great summer. Summer is a great […]

What we do at Prepare To Bloom, LLC Posted April 23 2011 | 7:38 pm

Prepare To Bloom, LLC Prepare to Bloom was formed in 2011 by Shayna Abraham, M.A., who has over a decade of experience in the therapeutic and educational consulting industry. She is well known for her work with another reputable consulting firm based in California. Shayna brings a unique set of skills, knowledge, experience, and expertise […]

New survey says half of all children with Autism try to leave safe spaces Posted April 20 2011 | 11:52 pm

Early findings by the Interactive Autism Network, the nation’s largest online autism research project, show that roughly half of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) between the ages of 4 and 10 attempt to elope. Elopement is the term the researchers settled on to describe the proclivity of children to stray, wander, run, bolt, or […]

Autism Awareness in April Posted April 1 2011 | 10:32 am

Since the 1970s the United States has recognized April as National Autism Month. So this April we want to help share some facts about Autism. Let’s start with the facts. There is no known single cause for Autism spectrum disorders. It is generally accepted that there are abnormalities in the shape, structure, and function in […]

Books on Autism

Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew

Framed with both humor and compassion, the book defines the top ten characteristics that illuminate the minds and hearts of children with autism. Ellen's personal experiences as a parent, an autism columnist, and a contributor to numerous parenting magazines coalesce to create a guide for all who come in contact with a child on the autism spectrum. Don't buy just one of this bookbuy one for everyone who interacts with your child! Give the gift of understanding.

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Prepare To Bloom, LLC

Therapeutic and Educational Consulting

Prepare To Bloom is a San Francisco Bay Area based consulting firm devoted to helping families make good therapeutic and educational choices. We were founded in the spring of 2011 bringing years of knowledge, experience, and expertise to help make a decision that is well informed and wise... a decision that will best enable an adolescent or young adult to grow to their full potential.

We specialize in placing adolescents and young adults in American therapeutic programs. We welcome the opportunity to work with families located within the United States and abroad.

Shayna Abraham, M.A.

Owner, Lead Consultant

Shayna Abraham holds a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology with a specialty in Eating Disorders from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She has completed additional course work in chemical dependency at California State University, East Bay. Prior to full time consulting, she worked therapeutically with a wide range of clients including adults, adolescents, children and families.

Shayna understands that each family she works with has unique and often complex challenges. Her intent is to meet each family where they are and guide them to reach their individually defined goals. Over the past decade, she has worked with hundreds of families and has placed clients in academic and therapeutic settings.

Shayna regularly travels nationally and internationally, maintaining her direct knowledge of schools and programs. This allows her to cultivate relationships directly with each of the professionals and programs she recommends. She utilizes her in-depth understanding of diagnosis, assessment, and treatment to advocate for her clients while guiding the family through the entire treatment process.


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