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  • Anna Paola Smith, LCSW

    < Back Anna Paola Smith, LCSW Licensed Clinical Social Worker Anna Paola Smith attended The University of Texas at Austin where she received her BA in Psychology and her Masters degree in Social Work. She has had the opportunity to work with children and families in the school, hospital, and clinical settings. Anna Paola's interests lie in family system and how the development of one child may impact the entire family unit. After living in Austin for 6 years, she relocated to San Antonio with her husband, Daniel. During her free time she enjoys creating recipes for her Paleo-based Instagram account, exploring the culinary scene in San Antonio with her family and friends, and living an active, healthy lifestyle. (210) 435-1000 ext. 2010

  • Capital Campaign | Acn Home

    < Back Capital Campaign Building tomorrow together, your donation is our foundation. Autism Community Network officially moved to 535 Bandera on July 24, 2023. We are extremely grateful to the initial capital campaign partners for believing in our mission and partnering with ACN to lead the San Antonio and South Texas in strength-based, neurodiversity affirming care for the youngest members of our community. Our capital campaign remains ongoing, and we extend an invitation to future partners to become an integral part of our transformative capital campaign. This is not a simple call for funding, rather an opportunity to be a change agent in the care of children showing developmental delay or have a diagnosis of autism. Partnering with ACN to help manifest our vision of becoming a nationally recognized center of excellence for the assessment and treatment of children with autism will: Decrease critical wait times for the most vulnerable facet of our population Create a truly sensory friendly, welcoming environment for all visitors Provide space for play areas and community gatherings to include: an outdoor playground and sensory garden, indoor/outdoor space for Camp AUsome!, a state of the art, multipurpose community center adjacent to the main building, and an expansive parking lot for outdoor food/school drives and holiday events Expand upon current services with additional therapy rooms, kitchens to support ACN's new Feeding Empowerment Program, and larger gyms for therapy and group activities Partnering with ACN in this way will allow children on the spectrum to be absolute contributors to our society. Our children will push the envelope of what humanity is capable of with a team of professional and familial caregivers walking beside them. Let's get started

  • LOCAL Closer Look: Autism Community Network | Acn Home

    < Back LOCAL Closer Look: Autism Community Network Felipe Aguilar Feb 4, 2024 Felipe Aguilar talks with Adrienne Gaither, Director of Caregiver Empowerment and Occupational Therapist, Autism Community Network (ACN) in San Antonio. Gaither provides a historical and organizational overview of ACN. She also describes ACN’s mission as it applies to providing care to persons with Autism. Gaither gives some practical guidelines for caregivers of children with Autism and talks about the importance of early diagnosis. She describes services and resources that ACN provides to children and adults with Autism diagnosis. Learn more at ( ). Listen to the interview here: Previous Next

  • Volunteer | Acn Home

    < Back Volunteer Volunteer today, and transform tomorrow! At Autism Community Network, we believe that change starts with dedicated individuals like you. That's why we invite you to become a vital part of our volunteer family. By volunteering your time, skills, and passion, you can contribute to our neurodiversity affirming care for children and caregivers in San Antonio and South Texas. Whether you're interested in hands-on projects, sharing your expertise, or simply lending a helping hand, there's a place for you here. Whether you can spare a few hours a week or a couple of days a month, your contribution matters and is deeply appreciated. Ready to be the change? Let's work together to make a difference that resonates far and wide. Let's get started


    < Back TRANSPORTATION About Transportation Services Transportation can be a significant challenge for individuals with autism and their families. Our resource library provides information on transportation options, including accessible transportation services, school transportation, and public transportation resources. TRANSPORTATION Alamo Regional Transit (ART) 1.866.889.7433 AACOG - Transportation for Seniors 60+. 8700 Tesoro Dr., Ste. 700, SA TX 78217 Alamo Service Connection (Medical Transportation) 210.477.3275 For Medical or dental appointments. Medicaid or CSHCN eligibility required. Area Agencies on Aging Directory Medicaid Routine Medical Transportation Program 877.633.8747 Web: Click Here 1100 W. 49th St, Austin, TX 78756 There are here to provide Non-Emergency rides if you call and notify them at least 2 working days in advance; but as far as 30 days out; if you are out of town at least 5 days out of town as long as you are receiving Medicaid Benefits. Their ways of transport include; bus; van; taxi; rail for in town and bus; van; rail or airline for out of town. If a child 14 years old or younger they must be accompanied by an adult; 15 - 17 can ride alone if parent fills out consent form; also teen parents may ride alone with their child; without an adult. They are also able to accommodate those with disabilities, such as wheelchair bound. For more information, you may vista their website or call into the office. Monday - Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM to schedule a ride; but transportation 5:30 AM to 7:00 PM Monday - Saturday. They also have a reimbursement plan for gas; lodging and food; for more detailed information, please contact the office. Methodist Healthcare Health Bus 210.647.7433 Web: Offers free transportation to Metropolitan Methodist Hospital and any of its facilities, as well as to doctors on the medical staff at Metropolitan Methodist Hospital. Serves select zip codes; wheelchair accessible; call 48 hours in advance to reserve. Patient Air Transport Helpline 1.800.296.1217 Web: Makes referrals and provides assistance for patients who must travel long distances for evaluation, diagnosis, or treatment, and who need financial assistance to do so. VIA Transportation Services 210.362.2140 Web: 800 W. Myrtle, SA TX 78212 Complimentary para-transit provided to individuals who have disabilities that prevent them from using fixed route bus service; provided during the same hours of the day, same days per week and within three- quarters of a mile of a fixed bus route. Applications must be verified by the applicant’s physician and eligibility is then determined. Well’s Waldo Wheels 210.647.7433 Web: Provides services for pregnant women who go to Methodist facilities for well-checks and to assist parents in getting their children to medical appointments; Spanish-speaking drivers are available Previous Next

  • MEDICAL | Acn Home

    < Back MEDICAL About Medical Services Our list of medical providers help you navigate the growing list of specialists serving individuals with autism. Weather it's a dentist or pediatrician, these resources can help families find qualified medical professionals who can provide the care their loved ones with autism need. BIOMEDICAL TREATMENT Barry Smeltzer MPAS, PA-C 210.369.9856 Web: E-Mail: 155 E. Sonterra Blvd., Ste. 201, SA TX 78258 Clinician: services include but not limited to Biomedical/Environmental testing, dietary interventions, homeopathy, supplementation and/or prescriptions, if needed, Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber rental, and exclusively offering Low Dose Antigen therapy (LDA) here in San Antonio. Barry’s scope of practice is not limited to only those with an Autism diagnosis but to individuals and families as well. Please see the website and/or call for more information. Center for Complementary Medicine 210.733.0990 Web: 1931 NW Military Hwy., Ste. 203, SA TX 78213 Services include functional/integrative medicine, environmental detoxification, bio-identical hormones, biomedical testing, clinical nutrition, and classical homeopathy. Healing Provisions - Holistic Medical Clinic 210.369.9856 Web: 155 E. Sonterra Blvd., Ste. 201, SA TX 78258 Holistic medical clinic providing services to children and adults with special needs, including Low Dose Allergen & Low Does Immunotherapy, Neurointegration Brain Training, Epigenetic Consultations, Hyperbaric Chamber Rental, Lab Testing, & Nutrition Assistance here in San Antonio. Services are available to anyone of any age. Private pay only; no insurances accepted. Mon-Thurs 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Holistic Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, and Integrative Medicine Dr. Jeri Penkava 210.403.2343 Web: E-Mail: 1370 Pantheon Way, Ste. 250, SA TX 78232 Services provided include: Medical/Developmental Assessments - nutritional; Integrative/Holistic Treatments – EEG bio-feedback, Acupuncture, sound therapy, herbal therapy, medication management; and Children’s Yoga. New patients must go on their website under “New Patient Forms and Links” and fill out each form and then either fax or email the completed forms as well as your insurance card and copy of your photo ID (email to: ). Existing patients can follow the same link to schedule an appointment. CHIROPRACTICS Hansen Health Solutions 830.326.6132 Web: E-Mail: 13402 West Avenue, Ste. 103, SATX 78216 Spinal adjustments designed for each individual client, provides services for children disabilities. DENTAL Alamo Heights Pediatric Dentistry 210.822.8381 Web: 999 E. Basse Rd, Ste. 116, SA TX 78209 Dr. Martha Aranda, D.D.S – Aranda and Aranda DDS 10905 Wurzbach Rd, SA TX 78230…………………….………210.690.5252 1714 SW Military Dr. Ste. 104, SA TX, 78221….....……….....210.927.6333 Web: Pediatric Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Family Dentistry Children’s Dentists and Orthodontists (CDO) 210.495.5437 Web: E-Mail: 14801 San Pedro Ave., Clock Tower Bldg., SA TX 78232 Expert caring dentistry for children with special needs and their siblings! Our board-certified specialists and staff understand the demands of special-needs care and welcome these wonderful patients and their families! We offer routine care, sedation dentistry, emergency visits, general anesthesia and family orthodontics in a fun, kid-friendly environment. We are happy to file any dental PPO insurance on your behalf and are specifically contracted with traditional Medicaid, Humana, Cigna, Delta Dental, Aetna and MetLife. (Contracted orthodontic benefits may vary.) Children’s Hospital of San Antonio - Dental Clinic 210.704.2206 Web: 333 N. Santa Rosa St., Ste. 3601, SA TX 78207 Specializes in the prevention and restoration of dental health, with an additional focus on children with chronic dental or medical conditions Cute Smiles 4 Kids 210.435.3333 Web: 823 Bandera Rd, SA TX 78228 We’re open Saturdays and accept most insurance. We also provide: Oral hygiene presentations- Targeting children of all ages will be shown a movie followed by a fun presentation of the importance of brushing, flossing and, nutritional facts on proper ways to eat to avoid cavities. Parent meetings- Similar to the children oral hygiene presentation but, targeting parents on the proper way to teach their children how to floss, brush, we provide pamphlets and lecture parents on the importance of tanking their children to see a dentist. Provide them with health information and proper resources if they need to be taken to our office. Dr. James Doose, DDS - Thousand Oaks Children’s Dentistry 210.490.1133 2235 Thousand Oaks Dr., Ste. 122, SA TX 78232 Pediatric Dental Care. Received Parent’s Choice Award in 2018. Specialty expertise include pulp treatment, cleaning, extraction, fissure sealants, tooth decay, and dental check-up. Dr. George Gutierrez, DDS 210.824.5437 Web: 3830 McCullough Ave., Ste. 100, SA TX 78212 Accepts Medicaid; Services include Prevention, Restorative, Sedation, Hospital Dentistry, Orthodontics, Digital X-Rays, Nitrous Oxide, Sedation Appointments, & Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Susie Hayden - Stone Oak & Dominion Pediatric Dentistry 20322 Huebner RD, Ste. 103, SA TX 78258……210.491.4141 25035 I-10 West, Ste. 201, SA TX 78257……….210.698.6143 Web: We specialize in dental caring for children from infancy to thirteen years of age. Open Monday-Thursday. Dr. Cathy Lyles, DMD Pediatric - Children’s Dentist 210.404.7228 Web: 13032 Nacogdoches Rd, Ste. 202, SA TX 78217 Child Services include General Checkups, Dental Sealants, Filings, Fluoride Treatments, Teeth Cleanings, Extractions, Sedation Dentistry, & Hospital Dentistry. Dr. Cheryl Sellers, DDS & Dr. Kristopher Bennion, DMD - Children’s Ark 830.625.1234 Web: E-Mail: 610 Landa St., New Braunfels, TX 78130 The Dental Anesthesia Group 210.460.0271 Web: E-Mail: We go to other dentists’ offices and provide IV sedation and general anesthesia for patients. We are trained with a strong emphasis on pediatrics and special needs. Dr. Melvin Shanley, DDS 210.697.7377 4315 Moonlight Way, Ste. 101, SA TX 78230 Accepts many forms of insurance; From cleaning to X-rays; we make sure that your teeth get the best care. Our expert staff will make sure that you leave with a great smile on your face. Dr. Oscar Montemayor, DDS 210.344.0212 7254 Blanco RD., Ste. 102, SA TX 78216 Accepts many forms of insurance; Open 8am-5pm Monday-Thursday. Pediatric Dentistry of San Antonio 210.680.7841 6756 Poss RD, SA TX 78238 Accepts Medicaid, will provide services to children up to the age of 21; Preventative dentistry; dental emergencies; pediatric dentistry RiverCrest Family Dental 830.625.7611 Web: E-Mail: 1280 E. Common St., New Braunfels, TX 78130 Cleanings; Cosmetic Veneers and Direct Composite Bonding; Oral Rehabilitation; Geriatric Dentistry; Pediatric Dentistry; Oral Sedation; Implant Dentistry; Dentures; Tooth Colored Restorations; Root Canals. Texas Smiles of San Antonio 210.432.0909 Web: Email: 4847 W. Commerce St., SA TX 78237 Tooth Transitions Web: 5723 N. Foster RD, Ste. 105, SA TX 78244…….......….210.661.1352 19851 State Hwy. 46, Ste. 103, Bulverde, TX 78070….830.438.1153 We do everything we can to make your child’s experience fun and fearless. Dr. Ross is a board certified specialist in children’s dentistry. He is an expert at the unique dental needs of infants and children and loves to give his patients a friendly and comfortable experience. Our goal is to make the experience an informative, effective, and even ENJOYABLE one. We hope that in doing so, your child will establish a positive attitude toward his or her dental care in the office AND at home that will continue throughout his or her life. UT Health Science Center Dentistry – Salinas Outreach Clinic 210.358.8255 630 S. General McMullen, SA TX 78237 Accepts Medicaid, CHIP and self-paid according to income; Ages 6 months thru 17 years of age. Dr. Carolyn Walker, DDS - Leon Springs Dental Center 210.405.7138 Web: 25235 IH-10 West, Ste. 201, . SA TX 78257 Services include Cosmetic Dentistry, General & Family Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry, and Solea Laser. Accepted insurances include Cigna, Delta Dental Premier, Humana, and MetLife. World Pediatric Dental 210.888.0700 Web: E-Mail: 18707 Hardy Oak Blvd., Ste. 305, SA TX 78258 Dr. Oshmi Dutta and our team understand and are specialized in treating children with autism. We accept all insurances! Dr. Clyde Yost, DDS - Yost Pediatric Dentistry 102 Palo Alto Rd, Ste. 400, SA TX 78211………….………..….……...210.924.8770 3949 Fredericksburg Rd, SA TX 78201……………….………………..210.265.3361 Web: E: Accepts Medicaid and CHIP At Yost Pediatric Dentistry they are dedicated to quality and compassionate dental care for children. Dental Services include: Pediatric Dentistry; Exams; Cleanings; Sealants; Fillings; Root Canals; Extractions; Crowns; Bridges; etc. Medicaid; Medicare and private insurance accepted; please bring card and photo ID if applicable. Payment plan options are available based on family size and income for those without insurance. All fees and co-pays must be paid at the date of service. DEVELOPMENTAL PEDIATRICIANS Family Health Center - Downtown–Robert B. Green Campus 210.358.3400 903 W. Martin, SA TX 78207 Primary & Specialty Clinic Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Has adult and pediatric same day appointed clinics and a wide variety of specialty clinics, some of which have Saturday operation hours. The center serves as the hub for the Health System’s neighborhood primary care clinics and is the entry point into the University Health System for many. Dr. Mario A. Fierro, MD 210.614.5539 Web: 5430 Fredericksburg Rd., Ste. 508, SA TX 78229 Dr. Fierro specializes in developmental-behavioral pediatrics and has been practicing for 22 years. He is affiliated with multiple hospital systems including Methodist Hospital and Christus Santa Rosa Health System. Dr. James A. “Jaime” Phalen, MD Web: 4647 Medical Dr., SA TX 78229.........210.358.8145 2121 SW 36 St., SA TX 78237........... 210.358.5100 Dr. Phalen is a board-certified fellowship-trained developmental-behavioral pediatrician who practices evidence-based medicine. He has expertise in the evaluation and management of autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, sleep disorders, pediatric feeding disorder, and other developmental disabilities. Currently, he sees only children & adolescents empaneled to University Health System; accepts Medicaid and private insurance. Seeing new patients at University Family Health Center – Southwest Clinic! EAR, NOSE & THROAT Drs. Bertino, Schilling & Ruiz – ENT Clinics of SANorthwest Web: 4775 Hamilton Wolfe Rd, Bldg. 1, SA TX 78229.......210.614.1326 926 Brooklyn Ave, SA TX 78215.................................210.224.5481 Dr. Michael Bertino, M.D., Dr. Harry Schilling, M.D., Dr. Gilbert Ruiz, M.D. Accepts most insurances Dr. Juan Bonilla & Dr. Donald Moe – Pediatric ENT 210.733.4368 Web: E-Mail: 16723 Huebner Rd, SA TX 78248 Accepts Community First, Medicaid, CHIP, and Tricare. Dr. William Gordon, MD - Alamo ENT Associates-Medical Center 210.616.0096 Web: 7940 Floyd Curl Dr., Ste. 400, Medical Center Tower 2, SA TX 78229 Allergies and Hay Fever; Balloon Sinuplasty; Sinusitis; Nose and Sinus; Nosebleeds; Snoring and Sleep Disorders; Voice and Swallowing; Tonsils, Adenoids, and Ear Tubes; Thyroid and Parathyroid, Head and Neck Cancer; Pediatric Services; Hearing Loss; Hearing Aids; Vertigo and Balance; & Tinnitus Therapy. HOME HEALTH A Plus Family Care Pediatric Home Health 210.706.9111 Web: 9514 Console Dr., Ste. 100, SA TX 78229 We provide home health services for children from birth to 21 yrs. Nursing care for teaching, wound care, IV therapy, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech therapy for Speech and Language problems and for swallowing and oral aversion. Ability Home Care 210.344.5437 Web: 10609 IH 10 W., Ste. 105, SA TX 78230 Provides pediatric speech, occupational & physical therapy in the home, clinic setting or childcare facility; services may be provided in outpatient rehab clinic. Speech, OT, and PT services are covered by Medicaid, CHIP, health insurance, and private pay. Adaptive Health Services 210.824.5530 Web: E-Mail: 8700 Crownhill Blvd., Ste. 300, SA TX 78209 Locally owned home health agency providing private duty nursing services to San Antonio and surrounding areas. Insurances accepted include Medicaid (TMHP, Superior, Community First Star, Star Kids); MDCP-nursing respite; Tricare; & Private Pay. Ageless Living Home Health, LLC 210.582.5840 Web: 431 Wolfe Rd., Ste. 102, SA TX 78216 Provide pediatric and adolescent care through Private Duty Nursing, Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy, & Occupational Therapy. Insurances accepted include Aetna, Cigna, Children with Special Health Care Needs, BlueCross Shield, Community First, Cook Children’s, Driscoll, Molina, Superior Health Plan, United Healthcare, Tricare, Texas Medicaid Health Partnership, Texas Children’s Health Plan, Amerigroup, Children’s Health, Dell Children’s, First Care, Scott & White Health Plan, Parkland, & other private health plans. Please call to see if we accept insurance not listed as we’re always adding insurance providers. Ageless Living Home Health, LLC pledges to the community to provide the highest quality of care from the best qualified clinicians in the surrounding communities by contributing our services and being advocates to all children in need. Angels of Care Pediatric Home Health 210.731.9570 Web: 2040 Babcock Rd., Ste. 304, SA TX 78229 We have 15 locations throughout Texas and are a nurse and family owned and operated company. Services include Pediatric Nursing Care, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy, Private Duty Nursing, Attendant Care, Therapy, Respite and Adjunct, & Skilled Nursing. Payments Accepted: CCP, MDCP, PCS, Private Pay, CSHCN, Traditional Medicaid, Managed Care Medicaid, Private Insurance. Skills: Tracheostomy Care, Ventilator Care, Central Line Care. Enteral Feedings & Care, Intravenous Infusions, Medication Administration, Nebulizer Treatments, Respiratory Care, O2 Therapy, NG Tube Care, Wound Care, I/O Catheter Care, TPN Therapy, and many more. Assure Home Healthcare Pediatrics 210.684.6600 Web: 8700 Crown Hill Blvd., SA TX 78209 Christus HomeCare 210.785.5200 Web: 4241 Woodcock, Ste. A-100, SA TX 78228 Therapy in the home for OT, ST and PT; Vital Stim therapist and bilingual therapists available; skilled nursing visits for wound care, IV’s, asthma education, Bili blanket care and monitoring, newborn education, etc.; private Duty Nursing for chronic complex children; Pediatric Hospice for quality, end of life care; in network with TMHP, Superior, Molina, BCBS, Humana, Aetna Medicaid and Commercial, United, TRICARE, Cigna and Amerigroup. Circle of Care-Home Health 210.698.9844 Web: E-Mail: 4553 N Loop 1604 E #1119, SA TX 78249 Pediatric Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Case Management, Child Development, Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy. Himmel Home Health, LLC 877.944.6635 New Braunfels: ................830.625.8338 San Antonio: ....................210.979.7334 Austin… ...........................512.531.0792 Web: E-Mail: Provide In-Home Pediatric Therapy for birth through age 20: Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Vital Stim. LifeSpan Home Health 877.434.3153 Web: 6243 IH-10 W., Ste. 375 SA TX 78201………210.785.6696 Since 1984, Lifespan has provided nursing, therapy, and personal care services to Texans of all ages across the State. Serving patients and consumers with both long and short-term needs, Lifespan provides what you and your family need to stay healthy and active in your community and in your home. We accept Medicaid and most private insurances. Self-pay options and bilingual services available. Locations in Austin, Beaumont, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, Longview, Lufkin/Henderson, Midland/Odessa, Temple/Waco/Killeen and San Antonio. Little Engine Homecare, Inc 210.692.0222 Web: 3201 Cherry Ridge, Ste. D-400, SA TX 78230 Your complete pediatric home health provider, we offer Pediatric and Adolescent Nursing services, Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Bi-Lingual Therapy and Vital Stem Therapy; our services are provided to children from birth through 20 years of age in the privacy and comfort of their home, daycare Page 108 or learning center. We accept Medicaid. Nix Private Care - Home Care 210.341.0505 2929 Mossrock, SA TX 78230 Nix Private Care was designed and built on a foundation of trust; professionalism and respect. Serving the San Antonio and surrounding communities since 1999; Nix Private Care caregivers go the extra mile to ensure the highest quality services. Home care services include complete nursing care, occupational therapy, home health aid, equipment and supplies, physical therapy, speech therapy, medical social work, and psychiatric nursing care. Personal assistance services promoting a quality independent lifestyle offered by Nix Private Care are privately paid or paid by long term care insurance Patience Home Health 210.340.4445 12770 Cimarron Path, Ste. 134, SA TX 78249 Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy, Skilled Nursing In- Home; accepts Medicaid & most private insurance (Not HMOs) River City Home Care 210.342.2273 Web: 10221 Desert Sands, Ste. 108, SA TX 78216 River City Home Care is a non-medical Home Care Agency specializing in providing loving; compassionate care for individuals needing assistance with activities of daily living; errand and home services; and caring companionship. We value our clients and their specific needs. Our goal is to become an extension of your family while providing compassionate support for your loved one so they can remain independent at home. We provide quality care for the residents of San Antonio and surrounding areas. Care is available 24/7. River Kids Pediatric Home Health 210.888.0368 Web: 22211 IH 10 West, Ste. 1206, SA TX, 78257 Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy. In-Home Serving Austin, Houston, Dallas/Ft. Worth and San Antonio. Texas Kids Home Therapy 210.360.1662 Web: 7 Upper Balcones Rd, Boerne, TX 78006 Providing Pediatric Home Therapy Services from birth to 21 years of age; Services include Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy, Home Therapy and private-duty nursing. Insurances accepted include Community First, Traditional Medicaid (TMHP), Superior Healthplan, Texas Star Kids, and United Healthcare, but can accept any insurance if there’s a Medicaid secondary. We also have a self-pay option. Thrive Skilled Pediatric Services 210.804.0193 Web: 8610 N. New Braunfels, Ste. 402, SA TX 78217 Locations: Austin, College Station, Conroe, Fort Worth, Houston, Lubbock, Paris, Plano, San Antonio, Temple, Tyler. Services include Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Private Duty Nursing Insurances: Traditional Medicaid, Superior Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tricare Prime and Standard, Humana Military, TMHP, Community First Star Kids, Aetna Better Health, All Superior Health Plans and many other insurances not listed. Visiting Physicians Association 210.468.0800 Web: 4800 Fredericksburg Rd., Ste. 127, SA TX 78229-3628 Services include Primary Care, Short-Term Care, Laboratory, and Mobile X-Ray/ Ultrasound. We care for patients in private residences, assisted living communities, adult foster care homes (AFC), and group homes. You will take part in the decisions that affect your health and will be treated with respect and dignity every step of the way. We also provide important care coordination to help you access community resources and other services available in your home. We believe that our specialty services and care coordination demonstrate our commitment to providing you with the highest quality care possible; all in the comfort of your home. NEUROPSYCHOLOGIST South Texas Neuropsychology 210.614.3011 16014 Via Shavano, SA TX 78249 Web: Specialty practice providing clinical services including patient-centered neuropsychological evaluations and evidence-based treatment interventions for individuals with known or suspected conditions affecting cognitive abilities; Clinical services include comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations for adults, children and neurocognitive screening evaluations for geriatric patients; accepts referrals from physicians, federal and state agencies, attorneys, insurance carriers, and private individuals. OPTHAMOLOGIST Alamo City Eye 11601 Toepperwein Rd, SA TX 78233...............................210.946.2020 19026 Stone Oak Pkwy, Ste. 216, SA TX, 78258...............210.491.2020 3327 Research Plaza, Ste. 306, SA TX, 78235...................210.337.1910 Web: Comprehensive ophthalmology practice offering a full range of eye care services to include: Adult and Pediatric routine exams; cataract evaluation and surgery; glaucoma treatment and surgery; diabetic eye exams and laser treatment; macular degeneration evaluation; dry eye evaluation and treatment; adult and pediatric eye muscle surgery Dr. Charles S. McCash, MD – Children’s Eye Center of South Texa s 210.340.6633 Web: 1314 E. Sonterra, Ste. 5201, SA TX 78258 Services include Cataract Surgery, Contact Lenses, Strabismus, Chalazion, Nasolacrimal Duct Obstruction, Trauma, and Refraction. Office hours Monday thru Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m.-12 p.m., please call office to verify insurance. Johan T. Zwaan, MD 210.615.8474 8038 Wurzbach Rd, Ste. 520, SA TX 78229 Pediatrics only, up to the age of 14. Languages include English, Dutch, French, and German. PEDIATRICIAN Dr. Carlos Quiroz, MD – Little Texans Pediatrics 210.402.0138 Web: 20306 Encino Ledge, Ste. 101, SA TX 78259 Accepts Medicaid in only new-borns; Pediatric Medical Clinic treats children with disabilities. Hours are Mon-Fri 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Closed 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM for lunch. Private pay and most insurance accepted; no Medicaid accepted. Speaks English and Spanish. Dr. James A. “Jaime” Phalen, MD, FAAP Web: Medical Center Pavilion, 4647 Medical Dr., SA TX 78229 210.358.8145 Dr. Phalen is a board-certified fellowship-trained developmental-behavioral pediatrician who practices evidence-based medicine. He has expertise in the evaluation and management of autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, sleep Page 111 disorders, pediatric feeding disorder, and other developmental disabilities. Currently, he sees only children & adolescents empaneled to University Health System; accepts Medicaid and private insurance. Dr. Patricia Harkins, MD – Harkins & Associates Inc 210.692.3439 Web: EMail: 4118 Pond Hill Rd, Ste. 200, Shavano Park, TX 78231 This is a developmental pediatrics practice. Dr. Harkins specializes in Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, learning disabilities, and genetic disorders. She is known for her thoroughness and honest assessments. Kellum Pediatric Clinic 210.645.4305 7323 Marbach Rd, Ste. 107, SA TX 78227 Pediatric Clinic treats children with disabilities. Pediatric Hours Mon-Fri 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Clinics held Mon, Wed, and Fri 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Medicaid and most insurances accepted. Robert P. Sanders, MD (210) 736-3126 401 W Summit Ave., San Antonio, TX 78212 Services include General Pediatrics, Behavior and Development, and Complex Medical Management. In an effort to make our services accessible to any child in need, we accept all major commercial insurance plans in San Antonio as well as the Community First and Superior Medicaid Plans. Insurances accepted include Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, Cigna, Humana, Oscar, Tricare Humana, and United Healthcare. If you are unsure of any coverage, please call us or your insurance provider. San Antonio Pediatric Developmental Services 210.614.5539 Web: 5430 Fredericksburg Rd, Ste. 508, SA TX 78229 We serve as advocates for children who either have or may be at risk of developmental delays; through education and collaboration with other members of the community. Our practice focuses on high-risk children; from the time they are discharged from the NICU until their third birthday. PEDIATRIC NEUROLOGIST Dr. John Seals 210.615.2222 4410 Medical Dr., Ste. 240, SA TX 78229 Dr. Melissa Svoboda, MD 210.704.4708 333 N.Santa Rosa St., SA TX 78207 Specializes in Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay, and other Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. Dr. Sheldon G. Gross, MD 210.614.3737 4499 Medical Dr., Ste. 300, SA TX 78229 Office closed 12-1 p.m. Speaks English and Spanish. Neurosurgical Associates of San Antonio 210.614.2453 Web: 4410 Medical Dr., Ste. 610, SA TX 78229 1139 E. Sonterra Blvd., Ste. 301, SA TX 78258 Specialty services Provide comprehensive spine care across a full spectrum of neurological and spinal surgeries. Specialties include Bone Marrow Aspiration, Deep Brain Stimulation, Gamma Knife Treatment, Kyphoplasty, Skull Base Surgery, and Stem Cell Infusion. Office hours are Mon-Fri 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM. Most insurance accepted; Medicaid accepted on a case by case basis. South Texas Neurology Associates 210.614.3737 4499 Medical Dr., Ste. 300, SA TX 78229 Helps diagnose and treat neurological disorders. Most major insurances are accepted and Medicaid is accepted as a form of payment on a case by case basis. Hours of operation are Mon-Fri 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and they are closed for lunch between Noon - 1:00 PM. Languages spoken include English and Spanish. PHARMACIES, ADAPTIVE EQUIPMENT & MEDICAL SUPPLIES Carvajal Pharmacy Web: 3410 Roosevelt Ave., SA TX 78214...........210.922.2176 119 Huziar, SA TX 78214............................210.922.9031 1715 McCullough, SA TX 78212................210.977.1870 Provides DMEs, nutrition supplies, compounding, etc. Can provide delivery service. Comal Drugs 830.625.2421 Web: E-Mail: 544 Union Avenue, New Braunfels, TX 78130 Hours of operation are Mon-Fri 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Sat 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Davila Pharmacy 210.226.5293 Web: 1423 Guadalupe St., Ste. 108, SA TX 78207 Travis Medical Web: West SA - 6894 Alamo Downs Pkwy., SA TX 78238...........210.767.8004 North SA – 10421 Gulfdale St., SA TX 78216.....................210.366.1215 PSYCHIATRIST Genesis Psychiatric Center 210.404.9696 Web: 7122 Stonewall Hill, SA TX 78256 Insurances accepted include Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, and Humana. Dr. Lyudmila Hartt, MD - Hartt Medical Group 210.495.4085 Web: 400 N 1604 E., Ste. 125, SA TX 78232 Outpatient Psychiatry, insurances accepted include Aetna, ComPsych, and private pay. Susan Wynne, MD 210.615.8900 Web: 16007 Via Shavano, Ste. 101, SA TX 78249 Child, Adolescent, & Adult psychiatry. Insurance accepted is Cigna. PSYCHOLOGIST Any Baby Can of San Antonio 210.227.0170 Web: 217 Howard, SA TX 78212 Support sessions with licensed clinical psychologist provided free of charge to parents or caretakers in group formats. Sessions generally held bi-weekly at our location. Camino Real Community Services 210.357.0300 Web: P.O Box 725, Lytle, TX 78052 ECI Services, Mental Health Services, Intellectual & Developmental Disability services. Dr. Carrie George, PhD - Clarity Child Guidance Center 210.616.0300 8535 Tom Slick Rd., SA TX 78229 E-Mail: Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) specializes in the assessment/diagnosis of developmental disorders, particularly autism spectrum and mood disorders; provides therapy for higher functioning Asperger’s Disorder and other PDDs. Provide therapy for children with mood and disruptive behavior disorders between the ages of 3 and 17 years. Insurance accepted: Tricare, Medicaid, Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CHIP, Community First, LifeSync, and ComPsych, Texas True Choice, United Behavioral Health, and Value Options health insurance plans. Business hours: 9am to 5:30pm, Monday through Friday, and testing only occurs on Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Thursdays. La Paz Community Mental Health 210.697.5700 530 San Pedro, SA TX 78212 Miguel Serrano, LPC 210.574.7601 2114 Iowa St, SA TX 78203 Mr. Miguel Serrano is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in infant, child, adolescent and adult therapy. He is an ADHD coach and a parenting specialist; he works for the ADHD and Depression Clinic in the east side of San Antonio, Texas. National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) SA 210.734.3349 Web: E-Mail: 6800 Park Ten Blvd, SA TX 78213 Southside Counseling Group-Independent Practitioners 210.924.3556 Web: E-Mail: 94 Briggs St., Ste. 700, SA TX 78224 Betty Brune, PHD, Psychologist SLEEP MEDICINE Academy Diagnostics LLC, Sleep Center 210.616.9500 Web: 8215 Fredericksburg Rd, SA TX 78229 Tarak Patel, M.D. and Avie Grunspan, M.D. Both oversee the Center and are board certified in sleep medicine as well as pediatric pulmonology, neurology (CN), internal medicine, Academy Diagnostics Medicaid and other major insurance accepted; also self-pay. 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  • Pediatric Autism Communication Therapy Improved Long-Term Child Outcomes | Acn Home

    < Back Pediatric Autism Communication Therapy Improved Long-Term Child Outcomes Catherine Aldred Mar 27, 2023 Despite Autism being an enduring condition affecting 2% of people globally, evidenced intervention to improve the developmental impairments is limited. Paediatric Autism Communication Therapy (PACT) is currently the only scientifically evidenced early social communication intervention to demonstrate long-term improved child social communication outcomes into middle childhood. The PACT intervention has shown long-term improvement of autism core symptoms within randomised clinical trials (RCTs). PACT relatively low-intensity approach is referenced in UK national guidance for the new autism care pathway from pre- to post-diagnosis and education support. The evidence base Within the NICE recommendations for intervention and support for autistic development in early childhood, only two interventions met the evidential criteria set by NICE for inclusion.PACT was one of these (the other was JASPER). These two therapies were described as “social communication interventions” and their evidence was the basis for the NICE recommendation to services to consider social communication intervention for autism intervention. Both these therapies work with parents or teachers, and have evidence to improve autistic children’s social engagement, adaptation, communication, and in the case of PACT, autism symptoms. No other therapies were considered to have evidence of effectiveness. Recent independent reviews (e.g. Sandbank et al 2020) have reached similar conclusions. These findings should therefore guide evidenced commissioning of services in autism. How does Paediatric Autism Communication Therapy work? Parents or caregivers are guided through the six steps of PACT by a certified professional using video feedback techniques delivered in 12 alienate week sessions for six months and monthly maintenance sessions for a further six months. Caregivers send a video of a 10-minute interaction or play with their child to the therapist before each video feedback session. PACT builds on existing skills by sharing and analysing the best video clips identifying new strategies and techniques, summarised in an individual written programme for 30-minute daily practice between sessions. How is PACT different from other interventions? PACT has some unique distinguishing differences from other parent-mediated interventions. Firstly, it is the only intervention to use effective video- feedback methods with parents and caregivers and to use them within a modern developmental science-based model to optimise the social communication environment for the neurodivergent child. Secondly, PACT is the only intervention that has shown long-term sustained effectiveness in high-quality clinical trials in improving child autism outcomes for six years after the end of intervention. The Paediatric Autism Communication Therapy Trial An RCT of PACT delivered pre-school demonstrated significant endpoint effects to reduce symptom severity on ADOS Calibrated Severity Score (CSS) and ADOS-2 total algorithm score (Pickles et al. 2016; Carruthers et al. 2021). At follow-up, six years after the endpoint, treatment effects on child symptoms, adaptive outcomes, and child initiations with a parent were significantly sustained (Pickles et al. 2016). Furthermore, a mechanism study of the long-term impact identifies the ‘active processes’ by which interventions achieve their effects and provides insights into causal processes in development. PACT Trial Methods: Of 152 children randomised to receive PACT or treatment as usual between 2-5 years of age, 121 (79.6%) were followed 5-6 years after the endpoint at a mean age of 10.5 years. Assessors, blind to the intervention group, measured Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale Combined Severity Score (ADOS CSS) for child symptoms and Teacher Vineland (TVABS) for adaptive behaviour in school. PACT Trial Results: The treatment effect on child dyadic initiation with the caregiver (Dyadic Communication Measure for Autism, DCMA) was sustained through the follow-up period. Increased child initiation at the treatment midpoint mediated the majority (73%) of the treatment effect on follow-up ADOS CSS. A combination of midpoint child initiations and the direct effect of treatment also mediated the near- significant effect on follow-up TVABS. PACT Implementation The scalability of early evidence-based intervention is a global health priority. A not-for-profit social enterprise IMPACT CIC (Interaction Methods for Paediatric Autism Communication Therapy), established in 2017, disseminates PACT through a cascading ‘train the trainer’ model and implementation trials. Implementation trials test the feasibility, cultural acceptability and equal easy access to PACT in different contexts, including middle and low- economic settings. PACT video feedback methods are ideally adapted to online videoconference implementation. Pilot testing of online PACT has proved acceptable, feasible and accessible to families; further large-scale trials are in progress. Conclusions: Early social communication intervention can improve child social engagement with long-term generalised outcome effects on developmental. One thousand professionals have received PACT training, cascading PACT in twenty-six countries with six international implementation trials. Implications for autism services PACT is universally acceptable and feasible for implementation in different countries and cultures, enhancing autism care pathways from early identification and pre-diagnostic to post-diagnostic and education support. PACT training is available for professionals with appropriate training and qualifications and a minimum of two years of experience in autism. Please visit the website for more information on PACT training. Previous Next


    < Back EARLY CHILDHOOD INTERVENTION About Early Intervention Services Our early childhood intervention resources provide information on early intervention services available for young children with autism. These resources can help families access services that can improve outcomes and help children with autism reach their full potential. BEXAR COUNTY AVANCE - San Antonio 210.270.4630 Web: 118 North Medina Street, San Antonio, TX 78207 Meaning "advance" or “progress,” AVANCE serves as a trusted guide to assist under-resourced families of young children in overcoming isolation and lack of opportunity. Using our unique two generation education and relationship-building methodology, we help family members become the best parents, employees, and citizens they can be. Brighton Center 210.826.4492 Web: 14207 Higgins Rd. San Antonio, TX 78217 Throughout San Antonio and Bexar County, Brighton Center provides developmental and educational services to children of ALL abilities. With a holistic, family-centered approach, we offer enrichment and development through an inclusive early childhood education program, as well as therapy services, counseling, case management and special education support Camino Real Community Services 830.266.5500 Web: 19965 FM 3175, Lytle, TX 78052 ECI Services, Mental Health Services, Intellectual & Developmental Disability services. Center for Healthcare Services - CHCS-ECI, formerly PACES 210.261.3300 Web: 5802 S. Presa, San Antonio, TX 78223 Offering a variety of services for parents with children under the age of 3, who are experiencing developmental delays. Services include case management, family centered services, activities in familiar settings, and more. Mo family is turned away because they cannot afford to pay. Free services for children on Medicaid. Other services provided based on family size and adjusted income. City of San Antonio Head Start - Edgewood ISD 210.444.7825 Web: 5358 W. Commerce St., San Antonio, TX 78237 Serving Edgewood ISD; early Head Start/CCP Program in Bexar County for children ages 6 weeks to 35 months. City of San Antonio Head Start - San Antonio ISD 210.206.5500 Web: 1227 Brady Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78207 Serving San Antonio ISD; early Head Start/CCP Program in Bexar County for children ages 6 weeks to 35 months. Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center 210.614.3911 Web: 2203 Babcock RD., SA TX 78229 Easter Seals provides services, education, outreach and advocacy so people living with ASD and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities; Intervention strategies for children with ASD – Applies Behavior Analysis (ABA), Developmental, Individual-Difference, Relationship-Based (DIR) and The Education of ASD and Related Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH). You can call to schedule an appointment and a representative will come out to your home for an evaluation. Education Service Center- Region 20 210.370.5200 Web: 1314 Hines Ave., SA TX 78208 For more information see the following web-site: Epic Pediatric Therapy 210.226.9536 Clinic: 98 Briggs Ave., Ste. 990, San Antonio, TX 78224 Home Office: 6800 Park Ten Blvd., Ste. 246-E, San Antonio TX 78213 In-home and clinic therapy, services available include speech, occupational and physical therapies, private duty nursing and enteral services (tube/oral). Epic Pediatric Therapy Services is one of the largest pediatric therapy providers in Texas. We provide personalized physical, occupational and speech therapy to children, adolescents and young adults ages 0-21 in our kids-centered clinics or in the non-clinical setting. Family Service Association 210.299.2400 Web: 702 San Pedro Ave., #102, SA TX 78212 Serving Northeast, Northside, Southwest, Judson, East Central, Fort Sam Houston and South San Antonio ISDs San Antonio ISD 210.554.2200 Web: 141 Lavaca St., San Antonio, TX 78210 Serving San Antonio ISD; Pre-K and Head Start Small Hands Big Hearts Pediatric Therapy 682.738.3056 Web: 404 Racquet Club Blvd. Bedford, Texas 76022 In-Home sensory integration therapy, camp, and Parent’s Night Out activities. Accept most major insurances as well as well as traditional Medicaid and CHIP. HILL COUNTRY Boerne Homespun 830.249.6067 216 Market Ave., Suite 120, Boerne, TX 78006 Provides home-based services for children age 0-3 years who may be needing therapy or service coordination. Children may qualify if they have a medical diagnosis, developmental delay, or atypical development. Fredericksburg Homespun 830.997.9503 Web: 1328 S State Hwy 16, Fredericksburg, TX 78624 ECI Services, Mental Health, Adult Residential Services; Serving Gillespie, Kimble, Llano, Mason, Menard Counties; accepts Medicaid, CHIP, Private Insurance Hill Country MHDD-ECI Homespun 830.741.8083 Web: 728 18th St., Hondo, TX 78861 Mailing Address: PO Box 433, Hondo, TX 78861 ECI program serves families with children birth to 36 months with developmental delays or disabilities, also providing family support and specialized services to strengthen family’s ability to access resources and improve their child’s development through daily activities. Kerrville Homespun 830.257.2277 Web: 313 Leslie Dr, Kerrville, TX 78028 ECI Services, Mental Health Adult Residential Services, serves Kerr County; accepts CHIP, Private Insurance, Medicaid Uvalde Homespun 830.278.6261 Web: 324 Crystal City Hwy., Uvalde, TX 78801 ECI Services Mental Health Adult Residential; Services Kinney, Real, Uvalde Counties; accepts Medicaid, CHIP, Private Insurance Previous Next

  • Brick Campaign | Acn Home

    < Back Brick Campaign Buy a brick to help fund our future. Help us pave the way to our future by purchasing a brick to be installed along the entrance of our new Autism Community Network Campus. You can be a part of our future as we advance our mission to support neurodiverse children and caregivers in San Antonio and South Texas. Our brick campaign is a way to immortalize your commitment to ACN and support the continuing improvements of our new home. Join other families, individuals, and organizations to honor someone you love who is part of, or contributes to, the neurodiverse community. We are partnering with Polar Engraving to make this project a success. For more information, please email . Let's get started

  • Legacy Giving | Acn Home

    < Back Legacy Giving Secure the future; leave a lasting legacy through giving. Have you ever imagined the impact you could have on the world, even beyond your lifetime? Legacy giving is a powerful way to leave behind a lasting imprint, ensuring that the causes you hold dear continue to thrive for generations to come. What is Legacy Giving? Legacy giving, also known as planned giving, is a heartfelt commitment to support a cause that resonates with you well into the future. By including Autism Community Network in your estate plans, you're building a bridge between your values and the transformative work we do. Why Choose Legacy Giving? Impactful Transformation: Your legacy gift will contribute to sustained change in areas that matter most to you. Perpetuating Your Values: It's an opportunity to uphold your beliefs and create a better world aligned with your vision. Preserving Your Memory: Your generosity will be remembered, and your legacy will inspire others to follow in your footsteps. Financial Benefits: Some legacy gifts offer tax advantages that can benefit your estate and loved ones. How Can You Get Involved? Leaving a legacy is easier than you might think. You can choose from various options, such as bequests, charitable trusts, life insurance policies, and more. It's a personal decision that reflects your values and goals. If you're ready to shape the future through legacy giving, please fill out our legacy giving interest form, and we will set you up with one of our legacy giving partners to help you on your way. Your legacy is a testament to the change you wish to see in the world, and we're honored to be a part of that journey. Let's get started

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