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Elaine Hall “Coach E!” , Elaine Hall (“Coach E”) has been called many things in her multi-faceted and accomplished life including:

The Founder of The Miracle Project, A United Nations Autism Enrichment Program Global Ambassador, Motivational/Inspirational Speaker, Educator, Writer, Creative Consultant, Performer, Professional Studio Acting Coach, the subject of the HBO documentary Autism: The Musical, Creator of the renowned “Kids On Stage LA" Program, and the Director of the Vista Inspire Programs including the Nes Gadol religious studies curriculum. The New York Times reference her as “the Child Whisperer”; other global press simply call her "an original," a thought leader and cultural influencer in the niche area of Autism Program Creation and Advocacy.

Her favorite title is "Mother" to her son Neal, who continues to be her inspiration for innovating life affirming, award winning media and educational programs with production partner, Diane Isaacs, designed for families living with autism, Universities, first responders, government officials, and health care workers.

Ms. Hall is a sought after Keynote speaker, most recently speaking at The USA Autism and Asperger's Conference in Seattle and after her keynote receiving a standing ovation at the Variety the Children's Charity in St. Louis. Awards include those from ASA, Autism Speaks, Areva Martin's Special Needs Network, Holly Robinson Peete's HollyRod Foundation, Senator Pavley, Etta Israel and Villa Esperanza Services. Ms. Hall was honored by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for boundless service to the global community of families living with autism. Referencing Ms. Hall's program, April 15, 2009, was officially proclaimed, "Miracle-Minded Autism Compassion Day. Elaine has appeared on CNN, CBS, Oprah Radio, NPR, featured in the New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Wall Street Journal. She is a regular contributor to TheHuffingtonPost.com.

Elaine's memoir, Now I See The Moon: A Mother, A Son, A Miracle for publisher, Harper Collins was chosen by The United Nations for World Autism Awareness Month. (See: Nowiseethemoon.com). In it, Hall chronicles her journey from a being a broken single mother to becoming a recognized and dynamic force in the areas of Autism and Special needs program design and implementation.

When traditional therapies did not work for her son, Neal, adopted from a Russian orphanage and diagnosed with autism. Elaine sought creative people (actors, writers, musicians) to join his isolated world. Slowly Neal emerged into our world. These methodologies are the foundation of The Miracle Project profiled in the Emmy Award winning documentary AUTISM: The Musical.

Elaine’s Miracle Project students recorded a CD ,produced by Film and TV industry pro - Diane Isaacs, with extraordinary recording artists, Holly Robinson Peete, Chaka Khan, Jack Black, Rev Run, Babyface, Kyra Sedgwick and others. Fly Into Autism celebrates the boundless Abilities of children with perceived disabilities, and reinforces Hall’s Miracle Minded philosophy for life and educating. This year, The Miracle Project students were honored at Carnegie Hall in January 2011 and performed live with other exceptional musicians with autism alongside celebrities Jack Black and Stephen Stills and other at benefit concert at the Grove in Los Angeles in October 2011.

Elaine Hall continues her leadership as the director of Vista Inspire Program, at Vista Del Mar in Los Angeles, which includes the Nes Gadol program for children with autism who wish to study for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

Her latest book , co-authored with Diane Isaacs, Seven Keys to Unlock Autism: Creating Miracles In The Classroom is being released November 2011 and has already received critical acclaim.

Elaine and her team are now launching The Miracle Project nationally with locations in West Los Angeles at Vista Del Mar, and in the Valley at The Help Group. The first satellite will be The Miracle Project of New York City at the 92nd Street Y beginning Fall 2011. She is available for workshops, speaking engagements, to emcee events, phone consultations, trainings, and is a media personality. Elaine lives in Los Angeles with the two loves of her life, her teenage son, Neal and her husband, Jeff Frymer, a play therapist. Email Elaine@themiracleproject.org or www.TheMiracleProject.org

Blog Entries by Elaine Hall

Jewish Inclusion: Dare to Dream

(10) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 5:00 PM

February is Jewish Disability Awareness Month (also known in Los Angeles as Jewish Inclusion Awareness or IAM). There are hundreds of activities throughout the country to help bring understanding and inclusion of those who are "differently abled." For several weeks, I have been actively planning events, in many cities, including...

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In Times of Darkness: Love More

(14) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 6:03 PM

I grieve as everyone does now for the parents who lost their young children in the tragic shooting in Connecticut. My heart aches for the families of the heroic staff of Sandy Hook Elementary School who lost their lives protecting their students. I cannot even imagine the devastating pain that...

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Divorce And Autism: Avoidable Or Inevitable?

(95) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 1:35 PM

My first marriage was in trouble long before we adopted our 23-month-old son, Neal, from a Russian orphanage. That Neal was diagnosed with autism shortly before his 3rd birthday, only put Miracle-Gro on an already fragile family system.

Sure, the stresses of autism were undeniable: Neal didn't sleep (which,...

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Living With Autism: You Are Not Alone

(9) Comments | Posted March 19, 2012 | 12:17 PM

I am haunted by the headline: Mother killed 22-year-old autistic son, then herself.

"He used a voice-output device that allowed him to communicate on a limited basis," reads the article written by Lisa Fernandez and Julie Prodis Sulek in the Mercury News. "He was delightful," a...

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7 Keys to Unlock This Holiday

(4) Comments | Posted December 21, 2011 | 12:31 PM

Co-written by Diane Isaacs

My business partner and co-author, Diane Isaacs and I were recently talking about the "busyness" of the holiday season. We wondered why when we casually tell friends and colleagues to have a "happy holiday," we can receive a look of suspicion or a roll of the...

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Autism: Is It An 'Obsession' Or Just A Preferred Interest?

(36) Comments | Posted September 20, 2011 | 9:36 AM

Joel knows a lot about dinosaurs. His parents are told that he must put a stop to this obsession so he can focus on other subjects. Marcy can sing every Joni Mitchell song but speaks only a few words. She is put in a class for lower-functioning children and taught...

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Airlines and Autism

(29) Comments | Posted August 22, 2011 | 6:56 PM

I received an message on my Facebook today from a most distraught mother whose family was kicked off an airplane when her autistic daughter wasn't able to fasten her seat belt because of her anxiety with flying.

The airline's response to the mother was:

When a passenger tries...
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'Barn's Burnt Down -- Now I Can See the Moon'

(2) Comments | Posted March 27, 2011 | 12:50 PM

"Barn's burnt down -- now I can see the moon."

This evocative Haiku written by Mizuta Masahide, a 17th century Japanese poet and samurai, has spoken to me deeply since I adopted my treasured son Neal, who has taught me the gifts of leading a purpose-driven life. I aspire each...

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Living with Autism: Two Programs, One Heart

(11) Comments | Posted February 9, 2011 | 5:15 PM

Two weeks ago, we had the pleasure of experiencing first hand each other's nonprofit organizations. As the L.A.-based The Miracle Project expanded to New York and the N.Y.-based Music for Autism expanded to L.A., we were immediately struck by the shared motivations and core values of our programs.

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7 Gifts to Take to a Family with Autism

(0) Comments | Posted December 24, 2010 | 7:52 PM

Only a few more hours until the Big Day, and still don't know what to give your neighbor/sister/colleague's child who has autism? You're not certain if they like Disney Princesses or Harry Potter legos. You've heard that the iPad is great for kids with autism, but it's a little out...

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Finding Gratitude Even When Things Don't Look So Good

(1) Comments | Posted November 24, 2010 | 9:43 AM

Dear friends and family,

It is this time of year that we take stock of what we have and overlook what we have not. There is so much to be grateful for. Jeff, Neal and I are so blessed to have so many wonderful friends, supportive family and so much...

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This is for All Mothers....

(2) Comments | Posted November 19, 2010 | 9:21 PM

"This is for All Mothers," gasps Eustacia Cutler, barely catching her breath, as she is gifted the EMMY Award that Julia Ormond won for portraying her in the HBO film, Temple Grandin

"For all mothers who work in silence... guiding their child with autism." Eustacia continues in tears.

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7 Easy Ways to Help a Family Diagnosed With Autism

(3) Comments | Posted August 17, 2010 | 12:20 PM

We've all heard the news: one in 91 children are now being diagnosed with autism in the United States alone. This is staggering. Today, almost everyone knows someone with autism. And yet, with all the talk about cures, causes and concerns, there is rarely any information on how we can...

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Living With Autism: Summer Vacation

(7) Comments | Posted August 9, 2010 | 8:00 AM

Ahhhh, Summer Vacation. A little R&R before the school year begins!

For many of us who have children on the autistic spectrum, long gone are the expectations of spending glorious temperate days lounging under a coconut palm in a tropical paradise while watching the kids effortlessly scoop sea critters into...

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Living With Autism: Miracles Have Wings

(6) Comments | Posted July 7, 2010 | 7:07 PM

How do you know if you are doing the right therapy for your child? With so many "remedies," "cures" and paths to take, how do you know if you are on the "right" one? How do we know if it's "working?"

Like most things in my life, my answers didn't...

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Living With Autism: When Our Kids Become Adults

(11) Comments | Posted June 1, 2010 | 1:37 PM

As Neal celebrates his 16th birthday, I am met with the realities of parenting a child with severe autism. Neal will always need me to care for him.

Yes, he has come so far in his development. At one time too frightened to even leave the house due to...

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Radiance and Chicken

(3) Comments | Posted May 19, 2010 | 6:51 PM

It's not just the chicken. Yes, the food is definitely quality at El Pollo Loco. But that's not why I go to the drive-in on Lincoln and California in Venice every Monday. It's not just because it's a drive-thru and convenient, although that is exactly why I went there the...

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Dr. Stanley Greenspan Inspired Hope

(4) Comments | Posted April 29, 2010 | 10:00 PM

My heart grieves the passing of Dr. Stanley Greenspan, whose pioneering work provided hope, inspiration and a proven methodology to support families of children with special needs. Prior to meeting Dr. Greenspan in June of 1997, my then three year-old son Neal, adopted from a Russian orphanage, spun...

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To Russia, with Love?

(7) Comments | Posted April 23, 2010 | 1:38 PM

As a mother of an adopted child and a child advocate, I've received numerous emails and phone calls this week asking me my thoughts about the eight year-old boy, Artyem Saviliev, who was sent back to Russia by his adoptive mother. Many of the inquiries erupt with the accusation, "How...

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Heartbroken and Outraged over Autism Related Police Shooting

(9) Comments | Posted March 31, 2010 | 5:12 PM

As a mother of a teenage son, I am heartbroken. As a friend and coach for teens and young adults with Autism, I am outraged and scared.

Last weekend, the LA Times reported that Police fatally shot an unarmed man, Steven Eugene Washington, 27 in Koreatown.

My...

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