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Ascend Diagnostic & Support Services is a multi-specialty group practice that provides services and supports for people with autism and/or developmental disabilities. We operate from a strengths-based approach that seeks to improve individual and family quality of life and we believe that all people and families deserve access to high-quality care.

We offer the following services:

ABA Therapy for children under 6: We offer the Early Start Denver Model for young children. ESDM is a type of ABA therapy specifically developed for young children with autism. ESDM is a naturalist intervention that is play-based and designed to fit with how young children learn.

ABA Therapy for children over 6: We offer behavior support and skill development services.

Autism Evaluations: Ascend provides autism evaluations for both children and adults.

Individual Therapy: We provide mental health services for children and adults that have both autism or other developmental disabilities and mental health concerns/trauma.

Group Therapy: We offer various group therapy sessions. See our website for the most updated list.

Q Does insurance cover ABA services?

Yes! California law requires insurances to cover ABA services for children that have a qualifying diagnosis.

Q How do I know if my child needs an autism evaluation?

There are many different reasons that parents seek an autism evaluation for their child. A child may have been flagged by a pediatrician after scoring as at-risk for autism during routine screening, parents may have concerns based on their child's behavior (signs and symptoms of autism) or their child’s school may have raised concerns about their development and behavior. Sometimes children have been diagnosed with something other than autism but parents are concerned that this diagnosis may not be correct. All of these are good reasons to seek out a full diagnostic evaluation from a qualified professional

Q Can an adult get an autism evaluation?

While most people think of autism as a disability identified in childhood, there are some adults who wonder if their disability may have been “missed” when they were children. While it can be a bit more challenging to get an autism diagnosis as an adult, it is definitely possible. It is important to seek out a qualified professional who has experience diagnosing autism in adulthood. Also, an important part of the process will be that a person who knew you as a child (ideally a parent or caregiver that you lived with) will participate in the evaluation. As autism is a developmental disorder, the clinician will need information about your early life and development.

Q Can people with autism also have mental health issues?

Yes! Many people with autism also have mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc. It is important for people to get care specific to their mental health disorder. Unfortunately, it can sometimes be more difficult for people with autism to get evaluated and treated for anxiety. Some health care professionals who are not familiar with autism may assume that the symptoms of anxiety are just part of the person’s autism symptoms. This is called diagnostic overshadowing. Some people with autism may struggle to communicate to others their emotional states, which can also be a barrier for health care providers who are unfamiliar with autism. It can also be a struggle to find a therapist, especially for people who have autism and cognitive disabilities. Ascend is happy to accept therapy clients at all levels of cognitive functioning, we believe everyone deserves quality health care.

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  • Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Tuesday10:00 AM - 06:30 PM
  • Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Thursday10:00 AM - 06:30 PM
  • Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Issues

  • Anxiety
  • Aspergers
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Parenting
  • PTSD and Trauma
  • School Issues

Languages

  • English

Insurance

  • Cigna

Approach

  • Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Psychological Testing and Evaluation
  • Strength Based Therapy
  • Trauma Focused Therapy