"What intrigued me the most was that everybody in their life has been touched by autism." -Carly McHenrOnce an ACES Angel, always an ACES Angel is what we say around here. Carly McHenry worked at ACES for three and a half years. She started out as a Behavior Interventionist and eventually advanced into a teaching assistant position at ACES Academy. Now? She runs her own successful small... more
Nobel prize winning peace activist, Malala Yousafzai, once said, "One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world." This blog tells the inspirational story of a very special Autism Puzzle wall – a wall inspired by one ACES puzzle piece, one teacher, and one classroom. It is a perfect way to wrap up April Autism Awareness month.
The story begins in early April with... more
I know for many people "Autism Awareness Day" is every day. It is inescapable and it is forever. Yet for many without a direct link to someone with autism spectrum disorder, there is little understanding of how autism is treated. For this reason, I proudly wear blue on World Autism Awareness Day (April 2nd) and take every opportunity to share what I know with others. Autism Awareness Month is... more
The unconditional, nonjudgmental love and companionship felt from a therapy dog can add an element of novelty that enriches a therapy session and bring joy to individuals challenged with autism. ACES is proud of our partnership with the Orange County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OC SPCA). For seven years and going strong, ACES has been a part of their P.A.W.S. (Pets Are... more
Temple Grandin will be the featured speaker at UNT's Autism Event April 13. Temple Grandin will be the featured speaker at UNT's Autism Event April 13. As part of the second annual "+ Autism" series, ACES is grateful for the opportunity to co-sponsor Temple Grandin's lecture and panel discussion in partnership with the University of North Texas. The event will be held at 9 a.m. at the Temple... more
All children benefit from a structured day and staying engaged with peers during school breaks, but children with Autism are especially in need of ongoing structure, consistency, and social interaction when their daily routines are disrupted.
ACES has been practicing ABA for 20 years. We have found that offering specialized Seasonal ABA Camps are a great way to keep developing positive... more
Open ACESACES is excited to announce a unique sibling program now being offered in the Orange County clinic. Open ACES blends siblings of clients, typical peer model volunteers, and clients with autism into small groups to learn from one another. Clients and siblings of all ages are welcome to join. Trained and caring behavior interventionists work diligently to help all siblings, volunteers,... more
Smita Mehta, a professor of special education at UNT, poses with toys that could be good for children with special needs inside the Kristin Farmer Autism Center at UNT.Finding the right toys for your child with special needs can be a challenge. Today's toys can sometimes overload a child with too much stimuli; while others can actually help improve motor skills, auditory skills, socialization... more
At ACES, it’s not just the kids who love Halloween! ACES Irvine staff really got in to the spirit this year holding their first annual “Staff and Family Halloween Party” on October 28th.
Games and activities were provided for the well-attended event including the Eyeball Toss, Pin the Hat on the Witch, and Haystack Hunt. The office was bustling with games, crafts and fun around every... more
"Are you a user of the Force?" said Kylo Ren. "Yes" repeated a young boy with autism. The boy then activated his lightsaber to absorb the force lightening.The "Jedi Training" provided by Kylo Ren was one of many Star Wars themed activities offered as part of the "Open ACES" program. Although the children called it the "fun Star Wars day," the purpose of this event went beyond simply having a... more