The Importance of Mental Health in Families with Autistic Children and Loved Ones

Mental health is a crucial aspect of well-being for individuals and families worldwide. When a family includes an autistic child, addressing mental health needs becomes indispensable— not only for the child but also for their siblings and parents. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is characterized by a variety of challenges, including difficulties with social interaction, communication, […]

Ryan Riley

Hope For Three is proud to spotlight our February Autism All- Star, Ryan Riley! Diagnosed with autism at the tender age of three, 11-year-old Ryan Riley is now a dynamic fifth grader at The Westview School. With a keen passion for math, his favorites shift as frequently as the weather in Houston. Ryan is notably […]

Ways to Enjoy Holidays

There is no place like home… especially for the holidays. Here are some enjoyable ways to ensure that your autistic loved one has a fun and memorable break this holiday season. Holidays can be a challenging time for all of us, but especially for autistic children and loved ones. The time away from school, disruptions […]

Dion Coleman

A true gift to all who know him, meet Dion Coleman, Hope For Three’s December Autism All-Star. With a smile that can light up any room, Dion is known for captivating hearts with his sense of humor and genuine eagerness to help others. Dion is nineteen years old and attends the Adult Transition Program at […]

Robin Houston

Hope For Three is honored to introduce our December Autism Superhero, Robin Houston! Robin is a compassionate, empowering, nurturing person with her big superpower of being a fantastic wife, mom, sister, and friend, and she has taken care of her autistic nephew, Dion, since he was two years old. People describe Robin as a strong […]

Parent and Caregiver Self-Care During the Holidays

The holidays are both demanding and stressful for parents and caregivers. It is especially important to practice self-care. Author Eleanor Brown said it most beautifully; “Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” While […]

Hannah Collier

Hope For Three is honored to introduce our November Autism Superhero, Hannah Collier! Hannah is a compassionate, intelligent, caring person with her big superpower of helping special needs children, including autism, through observing, bonding with the child, and incorporating her ABA* methodologies into academic teaching. Hannah strives to know and bond with her students, find […]

Rhett Smith

November Autism All-Star Meet Rhett Smith, Hope For Three’s November Autism All-Star. Rhett is an energetic eight-year-old who was diagnosed with autism and apraxia at the age of two and a half years old. He has been in Advanced Behavioral Analysis and Speech Therapy ever since his diagnosis. While saying a single word of sound […]

Autism and Halloween

Halloween is a tradition that most families have participated in for hundreds of years. Unfortunately, it can be hard on children with autism because of the bright lights and loud noises, having to say trick or treat at each home, navigating the large groups of trick or treaters and social interactions, a change in routine, […]

Alric and Lili Ashbrook

Meet siblings Alric and Lili Ashbrook, Hope For Three’s October’s Autism All-Stars! Big brother Alric is eight years old and described by his family as a very kindhearted, loving, thoughtful, and caring boy. He always offers to help his family share with them and enjoys assisting his mom at her bakery. He also cares deeply […]

Kim Ashbrook

Hope For Three is honored to introduce our October Autism Superhero, Kim Ashbrook! Kim is an admirable, caring, and strong mother of Alric and Lili, two beautiful children diagnosed with autism. She believes every mother has their unique superpower. Still, her superpower is taking care of her day-to-day tasks, homeschooling one of their children, and […]

Toby Ibrahim

Meet Toby Ibrahim, Hope For Three’s March Autism All-Star! At age four, Toby was diagnosed with autism. Now at age eight, Toby is improving his language and social skills to connect with his older brother Maxwell and other children. Toby and Maxwell enjoy riding their scooters together; he also loves the trampoline, park and church. […]

Mandi Fought

Hope For Three is honored to introduce our March Autism Superhero, Mandi Fought! Mandi was a Special Education teacher; after retiring from teaching, she worked at the Food Pantry at East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry, as a Manager. Mandi retired in December 2022 to help parents, grandparents, and students better understand autism. After suffering […]

Holly Martinez

Hope For Three is honored to introduce our February Autism Superhero, Holly Martinez! Holly is a Special Education teacher at Fort Bend ISD. Since the beginning of her career, Holly knew she wanted to work with students who exhibited behavioral and communication challenges. Holly believes in the power of teamwork and how important it is […]

Cecilia (Cece) Voytek

Meet Cece Voytek, Hope For Three’s February Autism All-Star! Cece, who will turn 12 this month, is a healthy, happy girl living with her doting granny, Jerre. At three years old, when she aged out of Early Childhood Intervention, Cece was officially diagnosed with autism and ID at TCH Meyer Center. Now, she attends sixth […]

Giovanna Martinez

Hope For Three is honored to introduce our January Autism Superhero, Giovanna Martinez! Giovanna is a Special Education teacher at Fort Bend ISD. She strives to take the time to learn about her students to show them how she cares about them and provides the best learning experience according to their needs. Giovanna always wanted […]

Austyn Airhart

Meet Austyn Airhart, Hope For Three’s January Autism All-Star! Austyn is a funny, joyful, and easygoing boy who likes to collect Sonic the Hedgehog plushies and action figures. Austyn was diagnosed on the autism spectrum at age seven, and last summer, Austyn experienced a few severe seizures and was diagnosed with epilepsy. Austyn, age 11, […]

Claudia Diaz

Hope For Three is honored to introduce our December Autism Superhero, Claudia Diaz! Claudia and her husband, Chris, have one son, Alejandro, age 10, who enjoys books and practices jiu-jitsu with his dad. Claudia’s journey has been a balancing act between hers and Alejandro’s many medical issues. Claudia is a cancer survivor; she was diagnosed […]

Kais Khan

Meet Kais Khan, Hope For Three’s December Autism All-Star! At just two and one-half years old Kais was diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Now at age six, through hard work, Kais continues to show great improvement in his communication skills and behavior, making his family very proud. Kais and her sister Ava, age 8, are […]

Rachael Bradley

Hope For Three is honored to introduce our November Autism Superhero, Rachael Bradley! Rachael and her husband, Mike, have two sons, Landon, age XXX and Emmett, age xxx. Spending time together and meeting the individual needs of each son is something these dedicated parents strive for every day. Movie nights, board games, and playing outside […]

Landon Bradley

Meet 14-year-old Landon Bradley, Hope For Three’s November Autism All-Star. Landon is very friendly and loves when people say “Hi” to him. He loves to play jokes on people, collect small objects, and go hiking. The beach is his favorite place to be. Landon lives with his parents, Mike and Rachael, and his younger brother […]

Jillian Hahn

We are proud to introduce our October Autism All-Star, 18-year-old Jillian Hahn! Jillian graduated high school in May 2022, proving to beat all obstacles in her path. Hurdles, including continuing her education and the very disorienting loud noises and bright lights accompanying walking the stage to graduate. Jillian is headstrong and gives everything she does […]

Autism is Expensive

A study conducted in 2020 found that “the average per capita cost of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) is $3,566,881” (The lifetime social cost of autism: 1990-2029). Investopedia performed a research study of their own and found that raising a child without ASD in the United States in 2022 from the time they are born to […]

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 […]