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Escape!

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Escape!

Welcome to the 2018 Winner’s Choice Raffle!   Click on each destination link below to learn the details! Bermuda Paradise New York Broadway Adventure Disney Adventure Napa Valley South to North Adventure Links at Spanish Bay   CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR...

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Totally Teens

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Totally Teens

  LoveU2Pieces is thrilled to announce the start of our Totally Teens Outing Groups to begin the week of June 18! Social relationships are an integral part of life. We know that connection to others is a mediating factor against stress and life struggles. The ability to interact with others effectively plays a critical role in navigating personal relationships, as well as eventually acquiring and maintaining employment. Totally Teens is designed to: • To provide planned and organized opportunities for social activities and experiences with others • To provide opportunities to informally practice social skills with others • To provide an accommodating environment to experience successful social interactions • To provide opportunities for various types of recreational events with others.   Potential ancillary benefits include the development of long-term friendships, and/or mentoring relationships, and just being able to relax and have fun! While Totally Teens Outings do not provide formal social skills instruction (we do offer formal instruction in other classes), the environment is rich with informal opportunities for life skill development while out in the community. If you know someone who would benefit from this type of group, please contact Office Manager, Julie Bonebrake to learn more and register! Julie@loveu2pieces.com or...

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JUMP!

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JUMP!

    Do you like to JUMP?   Gather some friends and join LoveU2Pieces to JUMP FOR A CAUSE at the Ultimate Trampoline Park®… Rockin’ JUMP Shrewsbury!    Buy your ticket now…. $10 for one hour of jumping!   Join us on June 28 anytime from 4 – 8 p.m. When you register, you can select how many hours you would like to jump!   REGISTER...

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Eat Pizza to Raise Some Dough!

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Escape!

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Escape!

          It’s that time again! LoveU2Pieces is opening its Winner’s Choice Raffle! By purchasing tickets, you will be supporting families who are living with autism, and buying a chance to win an incredible experience! The lucky winner – to be drawn on September 11 at our annual LoveU2Pieces Golf Scramble Awards dinner -will get to choose one trip from these 5 incredible options! 1 Escape to San Francisco & Sonoma               Winery Tours & Tastings, Fairmont San Francisco 2-Night Stay and Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn 2-Night Stay with Airfare for 2 This experience includes: Winery tours and tastings in Sonoma Valley Private tour and tasting at Benziger Family Winery Tasting at Chateau St. Jean 4 nights total Fairmont San Francisco and Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa 2 nights at each hotel Includes daily breakfast Round trip airfare for 2 to San Francisco or Oakland, CA Please note: Sonoma is approximately 1.5 hours north of airports Winspire Booking & Concierge Service 2 Las Vegas Showstopper           VIP Seating at Choice of Top Vegas Show, Renaissance 3-Night Stay with Air fare for 2 This experience includes: 2 VIP seats to ONE select top show in Las Vegas Including: Celine Dion, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Donny and Marie, Blue Man Group, Jersey Boys, Cirque du Soleil, Michael Jackson ONE, The Beatles LOVE, or Criss Angel’s MindFreak Live, and more. Shows subject to availability. 3 nights at the Renaissance Las Vegas Stay in a standard guest room just two blocks from the strip and enjoy a peaceful retreat at the end of the day at this non-gaming, smoke-free hotel. Round trip airfare for 2 Winspire Booking & Concierge Service 3 The Links at Spanish Bay                   Round of Golf at The Links at Spanish Bay (Pebble Beach, CA), Golf Cart Rental, Hyatt Regency Monterey 3-Night Stay with Air fare for 2   In the inaugural round following this golf course’s opening ceremony in 1987, Tom Watson came off the course declaring, “It’s so much like Scotland, you can almost hear the bagpipes playing,” A tradition was born, and today, you can hear the bagpipes play each evening as the piper closes the course shortly before sunset. This experience includes: Golf at The Links at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach Enjoy a round of golf for 2 including cart rental, at this course with its rugged coastline, sweeping ocean views and rolling sand dunes. 3 nights at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Stay in a standard guest room and enjoy the quintessential Monterey experience with east access to some of the Peninsula’s most well-known attractions. Round trip air fare for 2 Coach class airfare to San Francisco or San Jose, CA Winspire Booking & Concierge Service 4 Monterey Golf Experience              Golf at Del Monte Golf Course, Pebble Beach, Golf Cart Rental, Hyatt Regency Monterey 3-Night Stay with Air fare for 2 This experience includes: Golf at the Del Monte Golf Course, Pebble Beach Enjoy a round of golf for 2, including golf cart, at this par-72 course opened in 1897. Designed by golf and polo enthusiast Charles Maud, this inland course boasts a meandering layout that has challenged golfers for...

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Finding Our Way

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Finding Our Way

LOVEU2PIECES·THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 2017 April is Autism Awareness Month. While the month is generally focused on raising awareness and funds in support of these families, it can be an emotional time for those who are living the ASD journey. When a fellow Mom on this path shared a beautiful moment she experienced with her family on Sunday, I felt it deep in my soul. With her gracious permission, I am sharing it with you today. Her story so poignantly expresses an example of the multiple perspectives of this interconnected journey which we travel daily… In this snapshot of time, the isolation, the helplessness, the ferocity of love, hope and pride are all powerfully experienced. If you’re anything like me, yesterday was an extra emotional day. So I had to share this story. After dinner last night, my NT 7 year old daughter was drawing on a dry erase board. My ASD son was telling her what to draw… silly things … typical fecal humor stuff.  When my daughter asked “what should I draw you doing?” My son erases the board and tells her, “draw me alone cuz I’m lost.” I stopped what I was doing and asked him why he wanted his sister to draw him that way. My daughter and I kind of shared a look, but predictably he couldn’t explain why. So my daughter starts drawing and this picture is what she drew. Then she says “you’ll never get lost Ty, you’ve got us.” Obviously I had to leave the room for a few minutes! When I think about siblings of children with autism, I think of sacrifice, I think of, because of circumstances, having to grow up a little faster than their peers. I think of the guilt we feel as parents on days where our ASD child consumes so much of us, we feel like we have nothing left to give to our other kiddos. I curse this journey all the time, and it’s easy to forget that ALL our kids are on it with us. I’m so proud of my daughter for making this picture, for it’s also because of this journey that I know my son’s sister and brother will grow up to be a little more compassionate, a little more patient and understanding, a little more willing to look for the beauty in others, a little more willing to accept that love is UNCONDITIONAL. And hopefully a little more willing to fight for what’s right. Take comfort in this mommas! Has to count for something, right? When I launched LoveU2Pieces in 2009, I had spent my previous two years graduating with my Ph.D. in counseling, getting married, and becoming a mother of two. When my son was diagnosed with ASD, it’s no secret why the family as a whole was front of mind. As my team discussed the need for our organization, we had these thoughts: Raising a child on the autism spectrum brings with it a unique set of challenges… Not just for the child, but for parents, siblings and friends. By helping provide respite care, family and community education, and opportunities for connection, LoveU2Pieces is committed to putting a focus on fighting the autism battle by supporting the families living with it every day. I can – and do –...

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LoveU2Pieces Family Connections Program

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LoveU2Pieces Family Connections Program

A diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder can bring with it many challenges, not only for the individual, but also for the family members. Building and supporting communication skills through our LoveU2Pieces Social Connections Program is one way to move toward thriving with autism spectrum disorder. Our therapists provide specific weekly feedback to parents so they can support new learning and consistent response and terminology in the home. Sometimes, individuals and their families need additional support and specialized programming to build stability and connection to move toward this goal of thriving. Our LoveU2Pieces Family Connections Program provides the opportunity for more intense therapy with a licensed therapist to address a specific area of need, a detailed plan for addressing the issue, and ample time devoted to meeting the family goal. Family Connections Counseling can take place in our offices at an agreed upon time, or may be contracted to take place in the home. In-home counseling allows the counselor to observe the parent-child relationship in action, providing insight into family dynamics. An ongoing goal for LoveU2Pieces is to provide the support families need to effectively manage their home environment and stress levels so that everyone can thrive. To learn more about the Family Connections Counseling Program, you can contact Colleen Matlock, MA, LPC at 314.807.7354 or Colleen.Matlock@gmail.com. During the initial meeting, a family assessment will be completed used in conjunction with parent feedback to determine treatment goals. Our therapist will provide parent-coaching, family and individual therapy, as well as case management during the 6 week session. Each session runs one hour at a rate of $50 per...

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Register Now for Trivia 2017!

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Register Now for Trivia 2017!

      LoveU2Pieces Trivia Night is always a fun evening spent with family and friends! Start gathering your group now to join us this year at a new venue with new games! The best news? We are playing for the same great cause, with the same great emcee… Bob Huff! See the details for this event below and click HERE to register! See you January 21!   Click HERE to...

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It Really WAS Cool to Fly American with LoveU2Pieces!

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It Really WAS Cool to Fly American with LoveU2Pieces!

Saturday night, August 13, marked a significant event for the St. Louis Autism Community. American Airlines and LoveU2Pieces partnered to host It’s Cool to Fly American event at Lambert Airport. Participants were treated to a curb to plane simulation where they were able to “practice” the steps of air travel. The airport can be daunting for anyone, but when you add an autism spectrum disorder to the mix, it can sometimes be painful. Many families who live with autism spectrum disorders are trekking across the country on family vacations in the car, fearful of the outcome if they attempted air travel. American Airlines recognized these concerns and would like to smooth the process for families who would like to attempt flying for the first time. The result: It’s Cool to Fly American with LoveU2Pieces. Participating families brought carry-on bags, garnered boarding passes, passed through security, and made their way to the gate for a brief reception before boarding the plane. Guests were treated to gluten-free snacks, water, organic juices and organic fruit snacks. Once boarding the plane, they proceeded through the instructional process with flight attendants and taxied around the runway. It was a wonderful experience for all who attended! KSDK joined us for the event… take a LOOK  ...

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It’s Cool to Fly American with LoveU2Pieces

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It’s Cool to Fly American with LoveU2Pieces

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