April 21, 2017 – OUR STARS INC. is proud to let our followers know that we have a brand new donor, Ralphs. That’s right, we are now enrolled in Ralphs community program. This new enrollment means that every purchase our followers make at Ralphs goes towards helping Our Stars Inc. and it is as simple as swiping your Ralphs card and shopping for groceries.

Our mission is to empower families and communities to effectively advocate for all children who have but not limited to special needs like autism, and to provide a safe environment where students and families can learn and engage in social and academic enrichment.

This new partnership with Ralphs will be a tremendous help to us going into the future as our non-profit is highly interested in creating programs that will help to benefit those deeply impacted by autism and other special needs.

Here’s what you should know, if you’re interested in using your Ralphs card to help us.

Get started by registering your Ralphs card online at ralphs.com using our organization name, OUR STARS INC. and/or NPO number #83742. Don’t have access to a computer, then please call 1-800-443-4438 to learn about the alternative sign-up method.

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– Be sure to have your Ralphs REWARDS card handy and register your card with your organization.
– If a follower does not yet have a Ralphs REWARDS card, please let them know that they are available at the customer service desk at any Ralphs.
– Most participants are new online customers, so they must click on ‘No Account? Register’ (top right hand corner).
Follow the easy step-by-step instructions to create an online account.

– After you confirm your online account in your email inbox, then return to www.ralphs.com and click on Sign In and enter your email address and password.
– Complete your information on this form, then.
– Scroll down to Community Rewards – Enroll.
– Type the NPO number (#83742) or name of organization (OUR STARS INC.) and complete your enrollment process
– REMEMBER, purchases will not count for Our Stars Inc. until after your card is registered.
– Followers must swipe their registered Ralphs REWARDS card or use the phone number that is linked to their registered Ralphs REWARDS card when shopping for each purchase to count.

Have anymore questions concerning the Ralph’s Community program? Try Ralphs FAQ’s.


Our S.T.A.R.S. (Succeeding Through Autism with Resources and Support) Inc. is a growing non-profit 501(c)(3) organization of parents and children who share common experiences and friendships. We work hard to find resources for our children and to meet day-to-day challenges and successes of our most important mission of parenthood.

We are uniquely different in structure and in the services we provide. We support families through informal meetings, information, referral services, and educational workshops, and host networking events for families. We also, provide advocacy services like assisting parents with IPP or IFSP/IEP binders for peer support.


Ralphs Grocery Company was founded in 1873 by George Albert Ralphs and is currently the largest subsidiary of Cincinnati-based Kroger. The original store was located in Los Angeles, California. During the 20th century, Ralph’s became a grocery pioneer, offering self-service markets with checkout stands in distributed locations.

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6 Quick Helpful Tips for an Autism Child’s Successful Visit to Barbershop

I recently took my boys to get haircuts at the barbershop for the first time (Read: Our Trip to the Local Barbershop for a Haircut). Since everything was a such a success, I wanted to share the tips I used to make sure their visit went as smoothly as possible.

TIP #1

Think of a few activities, toys or food your child really enjoys to use as his special reward or bonus. What does he like to do? What makes him happy? Show pictures of the reward. Take an iPad or kindle fire so the child is able to play a game or watch a favorite show while they wait and during the hair cut.

TIP #2

Explain to your child exactly what you are planning to do during the haircut. Have conversations about getting a haircut. Use short sentences or visual supports using personal photos or picture icons. Take pictures while your child is getting a haircut. Take a picture of all the items used. You may also use icons like PECS or Boardmaker. Read a book or make your own with pictures about getting a haircut. Also, have a picture of their special reward for after the hair cut.

TIP #3

Let the barber know to Edge the front, sides and nape of the neck first for a shape-up then cut the hair. Should your child not tolerate a haircut before you or the barber is done, a shape-up will give him a clean, fresh haircut look, even if the hair has not been entirely cut.

TIP #4

Reassure your child during the haircut. Explain each step of the way. Praise him, for example, “Good job keeping your head still. You are sitting so nicely.” “All done, right after…” Let your child know that there is an end in sight. This step may be faded out gradually as your child becomes more familiar with the process.

TIP #5

Once the haircut is done, admire your child’s clean-cut appearance. “You look handsome!” Show him how he looks in the mirror, if tolerated. Take before and after photos so they can see the benefits of getting a haircut.

TIP #6

Remember to give your child a reward or bonus that he will enjoy. Give your child a choice for their bonus. A reward or bonus will show him that although we must do unpleasant things sometimes, we also get to do things that we enjoy.

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Our First Trip to the Local Barbershop for a Haircut

This past Saturday, I took my boys to get their hair cut at local barbershop, Paco’s Fresh Kutts. This was CJ’s and EJ’s first experience at an actual barbershop. Since they were babies, they have gotten their hair cut at home. CJ has done fairly well with the experience and I’d been talking to him about going to the barbershop to get his hair cut like a big boy like his older brother JJ which made him excited. EJ, on the other hand, hates haircuts. He hates the sound of the clippers and the little hairs that fall on his face during the hair cut. EJ usually screams and hollers as if someone is hurting him. I’ve talked with EJ about getting a big boy hair cut as well and to my surprise he was super excited too! After about a month of casually talking about hair cuts at the barbershop, I finally made the appointment.

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Planning for Spring/Summer Break Activities

Spring break is upon us, or will be soon, for most. In the past, I used to scramble to find activities for my kiddos to do during spring break which can become very stressful when you don’t have a plan for out-of-school time. Lesson learned, so now, I plan ahead!

I try to keep my kids’ schedules somewhat the same as when they were in school. This means my boys wake up and go to sleep at the same times they would if they had school and they also eat lunch and snacks around the same time. To help reinforce this, I setup a picture schedule that features pictures of items or activities so my boys know what they will be doing for the day.

I use a monthly calendar and/or a weekly planner and I write down all of my appointments and my children’s appointments, including activities according to my available time on any given day.

Here’s a list of my top Spring/Summer Break Activities:

1. Paint or Draw
2. Start a Patio Garden
3. Movies
4. Picnic at the Park
5. Swimming
6. Cooking
7. Zoo
8. Trampoline Park
9. Museum
10. Farm Visit

What activities do you do for Spring/Summer break? Please share in the comments below.

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UPDATE: Volunteer Application (March 2017)

We have created another link to the volunteer application on Google Forms.


If you are still having a problem with the volunteer application, please email your resume and position you are applying for to contact[@]ourstarsinc[dot]org.

For the list of positions still available, CLICK HERE.

Please do not hesitate to let us know when there is a problem. We will work quickly to correct it.
Thank you!

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