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Have You Met Deborah Dubree?

Balance the Spectrum of Autism is a powerful new program developed by Deborah Dubree, Ultimate Performance expert. Generous donations and fundraising events for the non-profit Sounds of Autism provide memberships into this year long, at-home program "What propels me is finding solutions – in this case, sharing new ways for parents and educators to manage the stresses and special challenges within the autistic community! I share scientifically proven techniques and modern technology, and offer practical solutions for minimizing stress and maximizing connection. When the environment is calmer, a child has more opportunity for growth and learning. Parents and educators can’t wait for decades for research. They need practical and real solutions now."

Deborah met Cricket Barrientos, founder Sounds of Autism, through a mutual friend. "I spoke with Cricket at Z’Tejas and she mentioned her autistic son. It struck me that there was something I could do to help; I researched, and drew on my 35 years of studies, along with my experience training professional athletes and business leaders to perform at their competitive best. I founded Balance the Spectrum of Autism that is currently offered exclusively through Sounds of Autism. This program supports parents and educators as they learn how to de- stress themselves in everyday situations. They are the first responders, and need to think clearly and act quickly. After they’ve calmed themselves, they can more easily make better decisions and take correct actions. When a parent or educator comes from a place of peace, it creates energy and a culture of calmness for the child. Sometimes a child can learn to self- manage and self-regulate their own stress using these same techniques."

Dubree has been in Arizona since 1979. "My family vacationed here for eight years, and found that we liked the climate. We also thought that the dry air was beneficial for our daughter who had allergies and asthma. There is so much to do here; I live on the outskirts of town, but it’s still convenient to enjoy the cultural events of the city!" Deborah also enjoys a bit of an adrenaline rush. She laughs,

"I’ve done cage diving with Great White sharks, driven in a NASCAR racecar, and am always looking for speed, travel opportunities, and adventures! I love living on the edge; there is a joy in conquering new experiences."

But Deborah is most excited about the success of the program provided through Sounds of Autism. "Several families have enjoyed significant breakthroughs by implementing the techniques. One mom was never able to shop for very long with her autistic son, but recently they enjoyed shopping for extended lengths of time. This type of situation formerly would have overwhelmed her son. A father had never received a true emotional hug from his son, but after he used these same techniques, the father received genuine emotional hugs from his child. This is a big deal. The program helps achieve a better quality of life. When the caregiver is less stressed, it creates a more conducive environment for the child to live with less stress, and opens up more possibilities for learning, growth and an improved lifestyle."

Deborah Dubree is passionate about sharing her methods and techniques with the autistic community in Arizona and around the world. "I believe everyone has a choice. I’m hoping people make a choice to support Sounds of Autism, so more families can enjoy the love and support that is offered through them and this program."

What are your local volunteer activities? 

Balance the Spectrum of Autism – program developed specifically for Sounds of Autism, Inc. Using scientifically proven and easy to implement techniques and technology, parents and educators learn to minimizing stress, promote maximum connection with the children and create an environment that promotes growth and learning. They experience more balance and harmony. This offers the opportunity for fewer meltdowns and greater learning. Children on the spectrum, if able, can learn to self-regulate their anxiety and stress, becoming calmer. Life becomes more bearable. Learning and socializing can become easier.

– Volunteer performance coaching South Mountain Community College, Men’s Golf Team

Who inspired you to give back to your community?

Cricket Barrientos, founder of Sounds of Autism, Inc. When we first met, Cricket shared her story of what it’s like being a mother of a son diagnosed with autism. Cricket also shared her hopes and dreams for Sounds of Autism. I felt I wanted to explore ways I might be able to assist. I knew that I wanted to do something to help support the families and educators in the community, finding a way to blend my education and skill set with the needs of the community. Cricket’s passion is infectious and her enthusiasm is commendable.

Which fundraising event is your favorite?

Ride and Rock with Mogollon. This is a premier motorcycle ride during 2013 Arizona Bike Week, hosted by Independent Motorcycles. Proceeds benefit Sounds of Autism.

Favorite restaurant?

Mastro’s City Hall Steakhouse, Scottsdale

Whom do you most admire, and why?

My dad. He was the most kind, loving, strong and caring people I have ever known. He taught me about the value of hard work, family and focusing on what’s most important; also, the importance of common-sense thinking. He was the best father and I am very grateful to him.

If your life were a movie, who would you want to play your part?

Geena Davis

Do you have any pets?

Kiara, a 5-year old golden-doodle

Favorite TV show?

Scandal and The Following

When you move, what will your home tell its next owner about you?

She is a peaceful soul, highly organized, loves Native American and Aboriginal culture and enjoys comfort.

What’s the best lesson you’ve learned through the years?

That I can do whatever I want and be who ever I want to be. I have no limitations.

What was your first job?

Beautician – I held a cosmetology license for 10-years when living in the Chicago area

What is your greatest indulgence?

Travel – I love to explore oceans, mountains, countries and cultures.

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

As a single mom, I raised two healthy, happy children while going from receptionist to CEO/Owner of a $20 million company, on a high school diploma.

What is your most treasured possession?

My art pieces of wolves, which accurately portray the wisdom, spirituality, leadership and confidence of wolves.

What is the quality you most like in people?

Loving or caring enough to speak their truth

Favorite books/Writers?

Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand / Good to Great, Jim Collins / Biology of Belief, Bruce H. Lipton

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Weakness. Not standing up for what they believe in or whining because things don’t go their way.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Movies. I love a variety of movies, especially action packed movies. The Avengers is one of the best.

What would we be most surprised to know about you?

I love speed and risk. Two of my favorite experiences included cage diving with Great White sharks and driving a 600 horsepower NASCAR racecar at speeds of 124 mph.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

Serve from strengths, not from other people’s weaknesses

What are some challenges facing nonprofits?

Receiving donations or sponsorships has become more difficult. The economy has caused people and businesses to hold on to their money and really question whether or not to give.