Region: Based in San Diego, CA, and works with families world-wide
Julie has worked with over 1,000 families touched by autism world-wide since 1998. Studying everything from Behavior Modification to Relationship based modalities, Julie felt stifled by being contained in a box, while representing various modalities she was trained and certified in through the years. Having to represent a modality meant fitting a child into a program rather than creating a program around a child. This mind-shift inspired the creation of Natural Play Therapy - where no two programs look exactly alike, yet they are all based on respect for the child, creating emotional trust, and a natural desire to learn. Julie is passionate about her work, connecting with families near and far.
Julie Sando has changed our lives forever. Watching her work with my son (5 years old, severe autism) had me shedding tears of joy for the first time in ages. I literally witnessed her limitless beliefs in my son's reality and potential manifest before my eyes. Her grace and integrity is unparalleled and her desire to help our family is motivated by the purest love of any practitioner we've ever worked with. In a one-day outreach with Julie, my son made more progress and gains that I'd seen for several months prior. Natural Play Therapy, Julie's original brain child, is born out of the best of all autism programs, therapies, philosophies (east and west), personal growth programs of anything I've ever found. Her genuine humility in the face of such gold is almost outrageous! Don't waste even one more second wondering if you should add Julie and her magical gifts to your life - just jump in and watch your child grow!
-A Mother in CT