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Autism and Special Needs Services

Our services are provided in a variety of settings including the clinic, home, school and community. In addition, as part of our commitment to community outreach, ACES frequently hosts and participates in a wide variety of community events, parent support groups, parent training sessions, and workshops related to autism and other developmental disorders. To assure quality services, we collaborate with professionals in the international autism community and are participating in various research projects.

ACES is proud to service families of various cultures. We provide services to families who speak Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, Farsi, Korean, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Punjabi and Hmong.

Insurance Based Services

ACES offers services to help individuals impacted with autism or other developmental disabilities maximize their full potential. We believe in providing comprehensive services to address all areas of needs for our clients. ACES staff have specialties in speech therapy, occupational therapy, and behavioral intervention (ABA).

ACES is contracted to provide insurance based services with most health insurance companies. We have a dedicated insurance department that can help you determine whether your child is eligible for insurance funded services.

Early Infant Intervention

ACES believes in providing the earliest possible intervention for children with developmental disabilities and offers a developmentally appropriate program focusing on the child and family, along with assessing a child’s strengths and individual learning style.

ACES also works with various local Regional Centers to provide comprehensive services for families. Services may include:

  • Assessment
  • 1:1 home therapy and trainings
  • Weekly parent training
  • Occupational therapy (fine motor, gross motor, sensory, self-help skills)
  • Speech therapy (oral motor development)
  • Parent support groups, including a 12 week curriculum on topics such as the IEP
  • Collaboration with neurologists, pediatricians and other outside services
  • Attendance at transition IEP's, IFSP meetings and IFSP goal development
  • Social skills groups (Buddies, PALS)
  • Center-based individual and group therapy

Home Based Intervention

Depending upon your location, local regulations, and funding source, ACES has the opportunity to provide home based services. Through Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), social skills therapies, and other proven teaching methodologies, ACES works with children and adults throughout California in their home environments, providing comprehensive and professional services to maximize their individual potential. Our objective with home-based services is to strike a balance in the home for families through skillful and compassionate intervention services, as well as provide a link between home programs and education through intervention and school support.

Clinic Based Intervention

ACES offers educational, behavioral, and social skills intervention at our various office locations. Clinic based services allow for children and their families to access state of the art resources at our facilities. ACES professionals are also able to co-treat at the various offices, maximizing the effectiveness of the services being provided.

Speech Therapy

A child's speech and language skills allow him to interact and communicate with others in his world. Speech and language services include intervention for delays or disorders in the following areas:

  • Receptive Language: How language is understood
  • Expressive Language: How language is used
  • Speech Sound Production: Articulation and phonological disorders; motor speech disorders including apraxia of speech and dysarthria of speech
  • Fluency Disorders: Including stuttering
  • Voice and Resonance: The quality of voice production

At ACES, speech and language therapy sessions are individualized to meet the unique needs of each child. Our skilled therapists use motivating, play based activities to maximize learning opportunities. We consider parents to be a vital component of the therapy process and strongly encourage their participation during sessions. Our speech therapists have been trained in ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) and continue to work in collaboration with our ABA staff and the ACES Academy staff. Parents learn about speech and language disorders and are provided strategies to practice with their children at home.

Speech Therapy Services

  • Services in both Spanish and English
  • Hanen Center - Parent Education Programs
    • It Takes Two to Talk
    • More Than Words
    • Target Words
    • Learning Language and Loving It
  • Occupational Therapy Co-treatments with OTs from Developmental Therapy Center (DTC)
  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
  • Kaufman Speech Praxis Program
  • Manual signing and gestures
  • Visual strategies and supports

To see speech and language milestones, please visit the frequently asked questions of the website.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy (OT) focuses on addressing an individual's occupations such as play, independence, self help skills, making friends and succeeding in school. ACES pediatric OT utilizes sensory integration, movement and play based therapy to teach skills. The following skills areas are commonly addressed using OT: Sensory Integration Gross motor Fine motor Visual motor Sensory motor Social-emotional ACES also works in collaboration with Developmental Therapy Center.

School Services

ACES provides a variety of school-based services in the home and school settings. Depending on the needs of the student and the school district, these services include behavior assessments, needs assessments, teacher consultation, aide training, modification of curriculum, inclusion consultation, and social facilitation consultation. If consultation is not sufficient, ACES can provide ABA aides or ABA supervisors to oversee the district programs. ACES can also design and implement a home based ABA program to support the school program when needed. In these situations, ACES collaborates with district staff throughout the IEP process including the creation of IEP goals, implementation of goals, data collection and reporting of progress.

Community Based Instruction

As our mission indicates, ACES is committed to helping individuals with autism reach their potential in their community and not just their home or school. Through the use of ABA techniques, ACES provides community based instruction to increase independence, safety, socialization and overall integration. ACES provides a number of programs such as the Community Integration Program (CIP) in which individuals, parents, and siblings join other families in the community with the support of ACES staff.

Social Skills Groups

Although the severity may vary, all individuals with autism exhibit deficits in social communication and social interaction. Social skills groups offer an opportunity for individuals with autism to learn social interaction skills, relationship skills and social language skills (pragmatics) with peers in a group setting.

ACES social skills groups follow the guiding principles of ABA to teach social skills. Strategies such as social stories and video modeling are combined with ABA principles such as prompting and reinforcement, to increase socially appropriate behavior. These strategies are applied in a group setting based in the clinic or community. ACES has a variety of groups for individuals of different ages and functioning levels. All individuals are assessed to ensure appropriate goals are developed and correct placement given these goals.

Vocational Training

ACES vocational training program teaches individuals with autism the independent living skills, vocational skills and social skills necessary to obtain and hold employment in their community, regardless of their functioning level. Individuals are taught a variety of vocational tasks such as filing, cleaning tables, and recycling. Just as importantly, they are taught skills needed to interact with others in the workplaces such as following instructions, asking for help, and working independently. Our hope for all of our clients is that they learn and be given the opportunity to feel the sense of accomplishment that comes from being a productive member of society in the workforce.