“If they can not learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn”
Dr. O. Ivar Lovaas
Meet Sabrina Thomas, a mother of two beautiful son’s, Shaquille and Omar Thomas. A passionate Autism Awareness Advocate and founder and creator of Especially Loved, a Facebook community where families with special needs can interact, connect, support and encourage each other. Sabrina has extensive knowledge of and is very passionate about autism and devotes a lot of her time to acquainting herself and spreading awareness.
Sabrina’s passion for Autism Awareness is inspired by her son Omar, whom she spends most of her spare time with, attending to and managing his special needs. As a result, Sabrina’s interest has immensely grown and she believes by raising awareness, we will enhance the lives of people with special needs now and in future. Sabrina’s aims to use her experience with her son to prove that people with special needs can have normal lives.
Having worked in the hospitality field for twenty years, Sabrina is kind, accommodative, enthusiastic, and has great interpersonal skills. It is these qualities coupled with her love for her son and her appreciation for all people living with special needs that are the driving force behind her awareness initiatives.
Sabrina aims to accomplish her goal of effective advocacy and as such is a supporter of the March of Dimes, St Jude’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Tidewater Autism Society of America among other organizations that support autism and other developmental disabilities.
She loves to travels, watch movies and enjoys a good glass of wine.
Currently, alongside her awareness advocacy, Sabrina is working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a concentration in child and adolescent development. She is also a Co-Author in two books, the first one is “Moments in Life, The Caregiver’s Story where she shares some of her story about being a caregiver to her special needs son. The second one is ‘You Need It; I Got It!” she shares challenges of being a special needs mother, gives advice and speaks about how she manages her son, advocacy and entrepreneurship.