Center for Autism Assessment and Behavior Health Treatment

16-Hour Parent Education Groups

As a part of the clinician-parent partnership model of intervention, ACT offers a 16-hour Parent Education Group in ABA.
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Functional Behavior Assessment

The soundness of any intervention begins with a thorough and accurate assessment. ACT utilizes a variety of assessment tools depending on the age and the needs of each individual...
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Infant Development Program

Research clearly shows that early intervention achieves better outcomes for the vast majority of cases. ACT’s infant development program is designed to achieve better outcomes as early as possible...
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Behavior Health Treatment

The goal of the Behavioral Assessment and Intervention Programs is to help individuals with autism and related disorders overcome their core deficits so that they may achieve more typical functioning and maximize their unique talents.
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In-Home Parent Education Training

Parents embark in a journey of knowledge and discovery. Together, parents and supervisors will analyze the child’s behavior and discover the purpose that is serving...
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Adaptive Skills Training

The goal of the Adaptive Skills Program is to enhance functional skills such as personal hygiene, self help skills, communication, and community integration primarily to meet their IPP goals...
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Social Skills Groups

Friendships enhance the quality of life for every person. Individuals with special needs, particularly individuals on the autism spectrum...
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Parent Seminars

Parent seminars will be offered periodically in order to provide parents with different topics of interest and to meet other families...
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Teacher Workshop

The purpose of the teacher workshops is to support teachers in maintaining control of their classrooms while being able to teach their lessons to the students...
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School Based Behavior Support-Shadows

ACT provides Schools with behavior therapists to provide direct support to students throughout the duration or a targeted portion of their school day...
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Behavior Respite Services

The goals of the Behavior Respite Services is to support families who qualify for respite services and whose children exhibit challenging behaviors due to significant deficits in cognitive, communication, and social skills...
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We are a family-oriented agency that is committed to narrowing the gap between the developmental path of individuals with special needs and individuals with typical development. ACT provides services for infants, children, adolescents, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Seizure Disorder, and related disorders.

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A Change in Trajectory (ACT)

ACT is a family-oriented agency that is committed to narrowing the gap between the developmental path of individuals with special needs and individuals with typical development. ACT provides services for infants, children, adolescents, and adults with autism and other related disorders. ACT is equipped with highly professional, courteous staff who are respectful of privacy and are dedicated to the individuals they serve. The operating model of ACT promotes personal growth and positive encouragement for consumers, families, and team members.

All therapeutic services provided by ACT are based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), the most scientifically-validated approach for changing behavior. The treatment modalities used by ACT are evidence-based practices that range from naturalistic teaching methodologies such as Pivotal Response Training (PRT) to more structured methods such as Discrete Trial Training (DTT). Program development and implementation are data-driven to ensure the best outcome for the individuals we teach.

ACT utilizes a model of service delivery that is best described as the clinician-family partnership model. Parents are an integral part of the assessment and intervention from start to finish by helping establish goals of treatment, implementing behavioral procedures, and evaluating treatment outcomes. Parents have the best understanding of the unique strengths and deficits of their child with special needs. The child benefits greatly when parents and clinicians partner to create a custom-tailored program comprised of a range of evidence-based behavior treatments. At ACT, we know that every family has a unique story and experiences which are treated with the utmost respect.

  • Director

    Mariela Feldman is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), who specializes in the treatment of children with autism and related disorders. She has 12 years of experience in the field and holds a Master degree in Behavioral Psychology from the University of Judaism. Ms. Feldman oversees the provision of all services at ACT and is supported by highly-trained clinicians in the field.

    Ms. Feldman has appeared on the TV show, “Los Niños en su Casa,” (the Spanish version of “A Place of Our Own,”) as the Autism Expert on KCET on May 9, 2007. She has taught BCBA courses at National University in Los Angeles and has presented at conferences such as CalABA.

  • Mission Statement

    ACT strongly upholds the belief that individuals with special needs have a right to a high quality of life. All of ACT’s programming is carefully designed with the guiding principle that pursuing personal achievement and striving to fulfill ones potential is a natural right for all individuals. We believe that equipping individuals who have special needs with skills necessary for independent functioning can foster personal development and facilitate living a full, dignified life. ACT is committed to this mission.

  • Guiding rules

    • All individuals have the potential to develop skills beyond their current level and should be free of behaviors that cause injury or pain to themselves or others.
    • Functional skills that will be meaningful in an individual’s everyday life will be targeted in interventions. Goals selected for a curriculum are developmentally and socially significant.
    • Treatments are based on evidenced-based literature to achieve positive outcomes.
    • Reliable data is gathered on every targeted goal and will be analyzed in order to make informed decisions regarding type and direction of treatment.
    • Effectiveness of treatment is closely monitored. The program is expanded or edited according to the actual progress being made.

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