Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, communication, relationships, and self-regulation. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 54 individuals in the United States today.
Signs of autism usually appear by age 2 or 3. Some associated developmental delays can appear even earlier and can be diagnosed as early as 18 months. Research shows that early intervention, like applied behavior analysis programs, leads to positive outcomes later in life for people with autism.
Parents may want to contact their pediatrician for a screening if their child shows some of the behaviors listed below:
Problems with communication:
Problems with social interaction:
Repetitive or obsessive behaviors:
Special Explorer offers both center-based and home-based services to best suit the needs of our consumers.
Center-based services include in-person interactions at one of our certified centers with a trained Behavioral Therapist, as well as socialization programs with other children.
Home-based services include over-the-internet teletherapy sessions hosted over Zoom to connect with your child and learn skills without leaving the house.
We recommend you take a tour of our Special Explorers facilities, and we will recommend a customized program that fits your child's needs. Get in touch with us and we'll work together to find the solution that best suits your child.
Special Explorer Center is a Registered and Licensed Medical Facility (LICENSES #153808928) and is funded through Kern Regional Center socialization program (028-Vendor #PK6488).
We also provide Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy in a one-on-one setting through private insurance.
Our hours vary between locations. You can find a list of our current locations and hours by following the link below: