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 supportive and collaborative atmosphere. 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.
Parents observe weekly sessions and weekly group parent trainings, and most often receive additional parent training in the home or every-day setting.
Programs ACES Offers
- Early Intervention Groups: Buddies, Pals and Friends ACES offers early intervention ABA therapy in small groups with clients 18 months to 4 years. Play and language are the primary focuses of these groups. “Pals” is considered a stepping stone for “Buddies” and is often the first exposure a child has to generalization and group learning. Each client will have an assigned 1:1 behavior interventionist that will target individualized goals. As the client acquires new skills and/or maladaptive behaviors are reduced, the client is incorporated into our peer-centered program, Buddies.
- ACES Learning Center ACES Learning Center is a group ABA program held in the clinic for clients ages 3-5 years old. Small groups (dyad, triad, or groups of 4-6 clients) are formed with peers of similar abilities, with each client having a 1:1 behavior interventionist. Often, clients will join the ACES Learning Center after they participate in the Early Intervention Groups at ACES. Once a client turns 6 years old, they are encouraged to join our Peer Social Skills Groups.
- Weekend or Weekday ABA Programs Weekend or Weekday ABA groups run weekly in the clinic for all ages and developmental levels. The clinic is a great place for clients to have access to peers, fun, and generalized activities. Teaching sessions occur in a small group format, with each client working toward individualized goals. Groups rotate to different stations including: work with teacher, social games, board games, fine motor, large/gross motor, and more. Small groups are formed with peers of similar age and ability.
- Community Integration Programs (CIP) ACES CIP Programs run on weekdays or weekends in the community. ACES staff support the entire family in aiding the client in integrating into their community. Clients will practice generalizing skills in new settings, such as: movie theaters, bowling alleys, theme parks, restaurants, malls, and more. Clients of all developmental levels are welcome to participate. This program highlights adaptive and social skills as well as generalization and maintenance of these skills.
- Peer Social Skills Groups Peer social skills groups at ACES strive to bring together clients of similar skill levels, age, and interests to work on social skills in the clinic or community settings. Groups are offered for emerging, intermediate, and advanced level learners and have an emphasis on teaching social skills. Turn taking, waiting, functional communication, perspective taking, flexible thinking, problem solving, conversation skills, reading and responding to body language/facial cues are common skills targeted in these settings. Often friendships are forged by clients who participate in this program.
- Pre-Teen and Teen Groups ACES offers pre-teen and teen groups to bring together clients of similar skill level, age, and interests to work on social skills that will help them make and keep friends. Community outings are planned by the pre-teens and teens based on locations that they want to access and enjoyoutside of the ABA group. Often pre-teen and teen groups will practice and plan for an outing, attend the outing together, and finally review the outing. In addition to social groups for teens, ACES offers an adolescent health series to teach pre-teens and teens about their changing bodies and everyday health.
- Focused Social Skills Groups ACES offers a variety of focused social skills groups including: dance and movement, soccer, and t-ball. These groups run similar to peer social skills groups, but have an emphasis on one of specific activities listed above. These groups are often used to expose clients to new leisure skills which they would have not otherwise experienced. The groups run in increments of 4 weeks in the clinic or a community setting. Often friendships are forged from these groups and clients have also mainstreamed into community classes from the foundation given in the focused social skills group.
- Seasonal ABA Camps ACES offers seasonal camps in the winter, spring, summer, and fall. Camps generally run in the clinic for all ages and developmental levels for a duration of 3-5 hours. Clients are placed in small groups according to age and skill level. Groups rotate to various stations including: work with teacher, social games, board games, small motor, large motor, and more. Seasonal ABA Camps are a fun way to generalize skills to new
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 through other funding 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.