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Our Mission

Shades of Motherhood, Inc. is dedicated to providing emotional support, resources and activities to enhance the well-being of mothers with loved ones on the autism spectrum. We understand the role of a mother of a child with special needs may be twice as hard as her peers given the additional responsibilities of advocating for the needs of loved ones and implementing possible therapies all while managing a household and trying to maintain a sense of personal wellbeing. While mothers differ in their approach to caregiving, having a sense of connectedness with those who are experiencing similar struggles may relieve stress and offer encouragement. Additional supports include group activities organized to promote emotional and physical health as well as volunteer opportunities to promote inclusiveness (e.g., typical alongside those with special needs) and social skills in the community.

"Parents of children with special needs create their own world of happiness and believe in things that others cannot yet see"



We offer support groups from the comfort of your home. Our leaders consist of counselors and other professionals with related experience. If you are interested in joining a group, email us at

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Our Mission

Meet The Team

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Maritza (Mitzy) Pardo is a Latin American Board Certified Behavior Analyst, clinical assessor, and writer, passionate about supporting the caregivers of special needs children.

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Shanna Zunder is a behaviorist and mother of two who continues to support families in the special needs community.

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Laura Garcia is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and clinical assessor who is passionate about providing inclusive opportunities for students with special needs.

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Emily Frlekin-Pardo is a writer, editor, human rights advocate and mother of two. She has become a vocal mental & physical health advocate for women, like herself, coping with PPD and faced with challenging child-rearing obstacles.

We Need Your Support Today!

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