Resources

Below you will find a listing of local and national resources specific to autism and related disorders, including diagnostic services, support groups and more. Please be advised that California Autism Center and Learning Group is not affiliated with and does not specifically endorse any 3rd party resource listed here. We highly recommend reaching out directly to the organizations below to confirm services offered and eligibility in case changes have occurred.

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Local ABA Providers

ACES (Autism Comprehensive Educational Services)

Age Group: 18 months to adulthood
Center-Based or In-Home: Both
Social Skills: Programs available
Insurance: A variety of insurances
Areas Served: Locations across California
Website: www.acesaba.com

A Change in Trajectory (ACT)

Age Group: 18 months to adulthood
Center-Based or In-Home: Both
Social Skills: Programs available
Insurance: A variety of insurances including Medi-Cal
Areas Served: Fresno, Visalia, Riverside, Los Angeles, San Diego

Autism Learning Partners

Age Group: 18 months to adulthood
Center-Based or In-Home: Both
Social Skills: Available at certain locations
Insurance: Takes a variety of insurance including Medi-Cal
Areas Served: Locations all through California

Behavior Intervention Association (BIA)

Age Group: 18 months to adulthood
Center-Based or In-Home: Both
Social Skills: Programs available at certain locations
Insurance: Takes a variety of insurance including Medi-Cal
Areas Served: Fresno, Clovis, Merced, Salinas, San Francisco

Bella Vista Behavior Services

Age Group: 8 years and under
Center-Based or In-Home: Both
Social Skills: Incorporated in their programming
Insurance: Accepts a variety of insurances, including Medi-Cal
Areas Served: Visalia

Beyond Behavior California

Age Group: 18 months to adulthood
Center-Based or In-Home: In-home or school consultations
Social Skills: Programs available
Insurance: Beacon, VMRC, CVRC, Private Pay
Areas Served: Amador, Calaveras, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Madera, Merced, and Fresno

BICC

Age Group: 18 months to adulthood
Center-Based or In-Home: Offers both based on need
Social Skills: Currently for older age groups only
Insurance: Takes a variety of insurance including Medi-Cal and private pay
Areas Served: Locations across the Central Valley

Bright Future Program — Behavior Services

Age Group: 3 years to high school-aged
Center-Based or In-Home: Center-Based
Social Skills: Programs available
Insurance: Accepts a variety of insurances, including Medi-Cal
Areas Served: Tulare County

Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)

Age Group: 18 months to adulthood
Center-Based or In-Home: Both
Social Skills: Incorporated in their programming
Insurance: Takes a variety of insurances, including Tricare in the Fresno location
Areas Served: Locations across California
Address: See Website

Esperanza’s Therapy Services

Age Group: 18 months to adulthood
Center-Based or In-Home: Both
Social Skills: Programs available
Insurance: Medi-Cal, Anthem Blue Cross, Cigna, and United Health Care
Areas Served: Locations across the Central Valley
Website: esperanzats.com

Fresno EOC Head Start

Age Group: 6 weeks to 5 years of age
Center-Based or In-Home: Both
Description: No cost preschool program primarily servicing low income families. Provides comprehensive services including education, social, emotional, health, nutritional, family support, and disability service to children and families.
Insurance: No Cost
Areas Served: Fresno County

Genesis Behavior Center

Age Group: 18 months to adulthood
Center-Based or In-Home: Dependent on location
Social Skills: Call for more information
Insurance: Accepts a variety of insurances including Medi-Cal
Areas Served: Merced and Sacramento Counties

KADIANT

Age Group: 2 to 12 years of age
Center-Based or In-Home: Both
Social Skills: Programs available
Insurance: A variety of insurances
Areas Served: Locations across California
Website: www.kadiant.com

Learning Arts

Age Group: 18 months to adulthood
Center-Based or In-Home: Both
Social Skills: Teens/adolescents social skills programs available
Insurance: A variety of insurances
Areas Served: Fresno, Stockton, Bakersfield, San Leandro, Salinas

One Piece at a Time Development Center

Age Group: 18 months to 18 years of age
Center-Based or In-Home: Offers both based on need
Social Skills: Social skills available
Insurance: Call for more information
Areas Served: Fresno
Website: www.opatdc.com

TALK ABA

Age Group: 18 months to 10 years of age
Center-Based or In-Home: Center-Based
Social Skills: Available in the afternoons primarily for ages 6-10
Insurance: A variety of insurances including Medi-Cal
Areas Served: Fresno

Supplementary Programs for Youth

Aspire Speech & Learning Center

Description: Provides speech-language and academic services to children and adults
Website: aspirespeech.com

Break the Barriers

Description: Offers a wide range of inclusive classes and programs for children with disabilities including swimming, archery, dance, day camp, gymnastics, martial arts, music, and sign language

Central California Adaptive Sports Center

Description: Provides year-round adaptive recreation and adventure programming for people with disabilities
Address: See Website

Empower Speech Therapy & Life Skills Center

Description: Provides speech therapy services, specializing in bi-lingual services, Augmentative & Alternative Communication/ (AAC) / Assistive Technology Services. Marriage and family therapy services.

EPU Children's Center

Description: Comprehensive, family-centered early intervention services for children with special needs.
Website: epuchildren.org

Exceptional Sports for Youth with Needs (ESYN)

Description: ESYN is a non-profit organization that offers a variety of adaptive sports such as bowling, dance, soccer, baseball, basketball, swimming, surfing, and horseback riding. They also host special events throughout the year such as an Easter Egg Hunt BBQ, Halloween carnival, and Breakfast with Santa.

Junior Grizzlies

Description: Co-ed baseball league for junior athletes with mental and physical disabilities

Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes

Description: Reading and comprehension center for children and adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (autism, ADHD, dyslexia)

Lori Ann Infant Program

Description: Serving children and families of children with special needs, including assessments and parent support

Metamorphosis Therapy Group

Description: Speech and language services

Simpson Speech and Language

Description: Provides comprehensive evidence-based assessments, consultations, and individualized speech therapy.

Speech Therapy Link

Description: Provides individualized treatments for diagnosis and issues that require intensive intervention for pediatrics and adults.

The Talk Team

Description: Certified and licensed speech pathologists

TopSoccer

Description: For individuals, children or adult, with intellectual, emotional, or physical disabilities that have a passion for the game of soccer. TOPSoccer provides people with diverse abilities an opportunity to play soccer in a structured environment that is safe, fun, supportive, and inclusive.

Adult Services

Best Buddies

Description: Programs that empower the special abilities of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by helping them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society
Insurance: Call for information

Central Valley Training Center, INC (CVTC)

Description: Adult day program, vocational skills, independent living skills, behavioral management
Insurance: Referrals from CVRC only
Website: www.cvtcinc.com

Community Integrated Work Program (CIWP)

Description: Adult day program, vocational skills, independent living skills
Insurance: Referrals from CVRC only
Website: www.ciwp.org

Resources for Independence, Central Valley (RICV)

Description: Promote independence in the community through an array of programs including high school transition, career placement, and transportation services.
Insurance: Call for more information
Website: www.ricv.org

The Arc

Description: Adult day program, community employment program, community integration, community living, supported living
Insurance: Referrals from CVRC only

Trinity Development Center

Description: Adult Day Care
Insurance: Referrals from CVRC only

Vocation Plus Services, INC

Description: Coordinates with local companies to employ individuals with physical, developmental & intellectual disabilities. Physical mobility required.
Insurance: Referrals from CVRC only

Wayfinders at Fresno State

Description: Residential postsecondary independent living program with vocational, campus and community inclusion for students with intellectual disabilities. (2-year program)
Insurance: All services are out of pocket

Zocdoc

Description: A blog dedicated to healthcare; Pursuing an autism or ADHD diagnosis as an adult (medically reviewed by Dr. Nassim Assefi)

Diagnostic

Autism Speaks Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Revised (M-CHAT-R) Online Assessment Tool

Description: A screener that will ask a series of 20 questions about your child's behavior. It is intended for toddlers between 16 and 30 months of age. The results will let you know if a further evaluation may be needed. You can use the results of the screener to discuss any concerns that you may have with your child's healthcare provider.

CVRC (Central Valley Regional Center)

Description: Provides assessment, evaluation, case management, referral programs, and activities for people with developmental disabilities
Website: www.cvrc.org

Dr. Bradley T. Wajda DO

Description: Doctor of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

Dr. Carlos Barrios, MD, Inc.

Description: Provides psychiatric evaluations to children 3-12 years of age. Dr. Carlos Barrios offers a functional and metabolic approach to child psychiatry, providing effective care through remote sessions, specializing in autism, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and bipolar disorder.

Dr. Howard Glidden Ph.D.

Description: Doctor of Neuropsychology

Dr. Jasmine Atwal MD

Description: Psychiatrist

Dr. Joseph Alimasuya M.D.

Description: Doctor of Child Psychology

Dr. Mark Barnes Ph.D.

Description: Doctor of Child Psychology

Dr. Mark D. Popper Ph.D.

Description: Doctor of Psychology and Psychotherapy
Website: www.medsfree.com

Dr. Nicholas Anderson

Description: Clinical Psychologist; provides comprehensive evaluations for all ages, specializing in toddlers and children under the age of three.

Dr. Timothy C. Foster MD

Description: Pediatric Neurologist

Seeds of Hope Psychological Center

Description: Provides comprehensive evaluations for school aged- children and children under the age of three.

Sullivan Center for Children

Description: Comprehensive outpatient treatment facility providing outpatient psychological and psychiatric service to children, adolescents and families in the Central Valley. Comprehensive assessments, psychotherapy, medication, forensic, and other special services.

Toribio Psychological Services

Description: Delivering a wide range of psychological services to the Central Valley (Therapy, Psychological Testing, Psychiatry, and Autism Adolescent Social and Life Skills Group)

Advocacy, Education, & Support

All 4 Youth Wellness Center

Description: Enables youth and families to access behavioral health services at school, community or home. The goal is to remove barriers and increase access to a positive healthy environment to live and learn.

American Autism Association

Description: The American Autism Association is a not for profit organization dedicated to helping families and individuals affected by autism, while increasing awareness of the varied difficulties individuals with autism spectrum disorder face. Services focus on accessible education through parenting workshops, advocacy and therapeutic recreational programs.
Website: www.myautism.org

Autism Speaks

Description: Promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder

Autism Insurance Project

Description: A non-profit organization that assists autism families obtain medically necessary treatments through their health plans, which include fielding public questions, offering seminars, educating legislators, and much more
Website: www.mhautism.org

California Sibling Leadership Network

Description: The purpose of this organization is to build a network of information, support, and advocacy resources to empower siblings to thrive throughout all of life.

Carlos Vieira Foundation

Description: The Carlos Vieira foundation provides educational tools, medical supplies, and services to families who live in Central California that are affected by autism with the “Direct Help Grant Program.”

Central Valley Children's Services Network

Description: Provides support, education and linkage of community resources to advocate for high quality care for all children in the Central Valley
Website: www.cvcsn.org

College Planning for Students with Disabilities

Description: Online Guide — Tools needed to be successful in college for students with learning disabilities

First 5 Fresno County

Description: First 5 is an advocacy company that directs children & families to services in the San Joaquin Valley.
Website: first5fresno.org

Fresno Autism Network (FAN)

Description: FAN is an organization established to provide education & supportive services for families & children affected by autism.

Fresno EOC WIC

Description: Fresno EOC WIC provides supplemental nutritious food, nutrition education, breastfeeding support and other services to woman who are pregnant, breast-feeding, postpartum, and children under 5 years of age with low to medium household income.

Help Me Grow (Fresno County)

Description: Information and referral helpline for everyday parent questions, free developmental screenings for children under age 5

JDT Consultants Inc. (Therapeutic Behavioral Services)

Description: Short term mental health services that are provided to eligible clients in need of behavioral support.

National Alliance on Mental Illness: Fresno

Description: NAMI's mission is the sharing of information with people with mental illness, their families, friends, mental health professionals, and the public.

Resources and Educational Advocacy for Classroom Help (R.E.A.C.H.)

Description: Nationally certificated educational advocate and multi-credentialed teacher serving the Central Valley. R.E.A.C.H. offers support regarding IEPs, IEEs, IHPs, 504 plans, manifestation determinations, authoring goals/accommodations, assisted/supported decision making, general education, bullying, parent education, referrals, etc.
Website: www.edhelp4u.com

RethinkFirst

Description: Evidence-based treatment solutions for educators, clinicians & parents working with special needs children.

United Cerebral Palsy of Central California

Description: Life skills, visual arts, performing arts, technology education and community integration training
Website: www.ucpcc.org

Autism/Sensory Friendly

Always Faded Barbershop

Description: A barbershop that is sensory friendly for individuals with Autism.

Chuck E. Cheese's

Description: "Sensory Sensitive Sundays" Chuck E. Cheese will open 2 hours early every first Sunday of the month and will feature reduced lighting and noise, food and games, trained and caring staff, and more!

Edwards Fresno Stadium 22 & IMAX

Description: "My Way Matinee" are sensory friendly films. Show times are available on their website.

Heidi's Hair

Description: "Haircuts for extraordinary kids" In home haircuts for children and adults with special needs

Limitless Pottery at Good Dirt Pottery

Description: Offers adapted pottery classes for kids and adults with special needs or disabilities.

MAGIC Fresno

Description: Provides adaptive and integrative sports training and athletic opportunity in an exceptional need, friendly sports environment.

Maya Cinemas

Description: "Maya Cares" hold sensory friendly screenings on the first Saturday of every month.

No Surrender

Description: Every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, the first hour at No Surrender (Clovis), the arcade, color lights, and music will be turned off for a more friendly experience for children with autism.

Sierra Vista Cinemas 16

Description: "Sensory Sensitive Films" are at 10am on the last Saturday of each month. Visit their website for the full schedule

Support Groups

Central Valley Moms of Autistic and Neurodivergent Children

Description: An online support group (Facebook) providing moms of children on the autism spectrum a safe place to give and receive support. This group also hosts occasional in-person support groups and mom’s nights out.

Empower Spectrum

Description: A therapy group for autistic adults who are seeking connection, support, and a sense of belonging.

EPU Parent Support Groups

Description: Support group of fellow parents with children with exceptional needs that is all about listening, sharing, and supporting each other with practical feedback and shared experiences.

Ivan and Friends — Uniting ASD Families

Description: An online support group (Facebook) run exclusively by volunteers that strives to provide hope, encouragement, and a safe place for families affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This group hosts and provides information about local activities such as family events, mommy outings, daddy get-togethers, etc.

Joni and Friends Fresno

Description: A national Christian organization that works with local churches and other organizations to provide outreach programs that minister help and hope to those who face the daily challenges of life with any disability. Joni and Friends hosts a mother’s support group available once a month.

Parents Helping Parents

Description: Parents Helping Parents is a nonprofit organization that provides information, training, individual assistance, and resources that is committed to supporting families raising their loved ones with a disability.
Website: www.php.com

The Autism Community in Action (TACA) — San Joaquin Valley Chapter

Description: TACA provides parent education and support to families across the United States. The SJV Chapter holds “Coffee Talks” throughout the year, usually in Visalia. Coffee Talks provide settings where families can informally network, share resources and speak with seasoned parents.

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