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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 need for our clients. ACES’ staff specialize in areas such as 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 developmentally appropriate programs that focus 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::
- 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
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 the Western United States 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.
A child's speech and language skills allow them to interact and communicate with others in their 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.
Social Skills Classes
ACES provides various social skills classes in an atmosphere of support, collaboration, and training. Our programs use the principles of ABA to teach critical adaptive, social, and communication skills. Programs are offered in multiple settings including: community, home, and clinic. Beginner, intermediate and advanced groups are available in each program to accommodate your child’s skill level.
Programs ACES Offers
- Early Intervention Groups: Buddies, Pals & Friends ACES offers early intervention ABA therapy in a small group format with students 18 months to 4 years. Teaching occurs in a small group format and 1-1 instruction is integrated for students to target individualized goals.
- Weekend ABA Groups Weekend ABA groups run weekly in the clinic for all ages and developmental levels. Teaching sessions occur in a small group format, with each child working toward individualized goals. Groups rotate to different stations including: kitchen/cooking, gym, work with teacher, pretend play, social games, structured games, and more!
- Community Integration Program ACES C.I.P. programs run on weekdays or weekends in the community. The entire family is supported by staff who help them integrate into their community and help the student generalize skills in new settings, such as: movie theaters, bowling alleys, theme parks, restaurants, malls, and more. Students of all developmental levels are welcome to participate.
- ACES Learning Center ACES Learning Center is a school readiness program for ages 3-5 years that teaches behavior skills essential to learning in a group environment, such as: sitting, attending, following simple directives, responding to questions, and more. This program is center-based and students are placed in small groups with similar matched peers.
- Peer Social Skills Groups Peer social skills groups at ACES strive to bring together students of similar skill levels and interests to work on social skills in the clinic or community settings. Groups are offered for emerging and intermediate level learners, and have an emphasis on teaching play skills and social skills. Often friendships are forged by students who participate in this program.
- Advanced Social Group for Children Advanced social skills groups at ACES strive to bring together students of similar skill levels and interests to work on social skills in the clinic or community settings. Groups are offered for advanced level learners, and typically have one group leader facilitating learning opportunities. Students work on advanced social skills, such as: perspective taking, flexible thinking, problem solving, conversation skills, reading and responding to body language and facial cues, and more.
- Open Minds: Social Group for Pre-Teens and Teens Open minds is an advanced social skills group at ACES for pre-teens and teens. Our goal is to bring together motivated teens in middle or high school who are interested in learning how to make and keep friends. We teach critical skills such as: conversation skills, flexible thinking, how to use social media, perspective taking, how to self-regulate in social situations and more.
- Seasonal ABA Camps ACES offers seasonal camps in the winter, spring, and summer. Camps generally run in the clinic Monday through Sunday for all ages and developmental levels for 5 or more hours. Students are placed in small groups according to age and skill level. Groups rotate to various stations including: fine motor, gross motor, seasonal activities, table work, cooking, social games, play, art and music, and more.
To inquire about the programs offered in your location, call us at: (800)515-5016. Private pay options are always available if your child does not qualify for funding from outside sources.
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, and social-emotional. ACES also works in collaboration with Developmental Therapy Center, our sister company.
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.
ACES vocational training program strives to teach individuals with autism the independent living skills, vocational skills, and social skills necessary to obtain 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.