We had the good fortune of connecting with Crystal Sanford and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Crystal, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I found myself in an area of need. I had recently become a special needs parent and started to realize that there was a lack of resources and supports targeted at parents. Mostly everything I found was targeted to children.
After thoughtful consideration, I decided to blend my experiences and expertise and start a consulting company that would focus on empowerment for special needs parents. I had a lot of professional experience and always knew that one day I would start a small private practice or company of some kind. In 2016, I realized that it was the best time to do that. I wanted to develop something meaningful for families that would allow me to have more flexibility in my schedule. I also wanted a company that my kids could be proud of and hopefully they could participate in as well.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Sanford Autism Consulting is a consulting practice offering insight, empowerment, and hope to families with unique needs. I am able to offer my experience as a professional and parent and share that with fellow parents along their special needs journey. I am most proud of the parents who have taken my classes or engaged in my services and share that they are more confident and prepared to advocate for their child. I am also proud of our new podcast, Thriving Special Families. This has allowed me another avenue to provide quality content to families.
It has taken faith, consistency, and patience to get where I am in my business. I have learned to persist even when nothing seems to be happening. I have made presentations with one parent in the audience and with a room full of attendees. My goal is always to add value to parents, doing that is what makes me/my business successful.
By engaging with Sanford Autism Consulting, I want each parent to know that there is hope for their struggles. I have overcome so much and I want parents to believe that they can, too!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Some of my favorite San Diego places are: Balboa Park, Mission Beach/Belmont Park, Brockton Villa Restaurant, Cabrillo National Monument, Old Town, and Cafe Coyote.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have four girlfriends who have supported me through good, bad, and everything in between. Their encouragement, love, and support has been invaluable. Shout out to: Michelle Bruce, Dr. Aneita High, Kanika McDougall, and Janette Ridgels. I also would love to shout out Barbara Maisonet, one of the best business coaches around!