CULVER CITY, Calif., Feb. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST), an agency providing comprehensive autism services, has expanded its services to the Bay Area, including the cities of Alameda, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Richmond, Oakland, Fremont and Livermore. AST provides support for individuals with autism from infancy through adulthood, as well as their parents, families, schools, and communities.
"AST is expanding its geographical reach because we recognize that there is an increasing need for quality autism services providers in the Bay Area," said William Frea, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Co-Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of AST.
It's estimated that one in every 110 children born today will be diagnosed with autism. Autism is a complicated developmental disorder that presents itself with a wide range or "spectrum" of symptoms, from mild motor skill difficulties to problems with communication and social interactions. AST's therapeutic approach is based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), the most widely researched and scientifically-validated method of treatment.
"The choice of autism treatment can greatly impact a child's progress and future quality of life," said Ronit M. Molko, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Co-Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of AST. "Early assessment and appropriate interventions and therapies are critically important to help these children learn the social and behavioral skills they need to function in school and in life."
AST's family-focused programs are designed to be collaborative, fun and make measurable progress; details on available programs and services, as well as parent tip sheets, resources, and more information about autism, can be found on AST's website at www.autismtherapies.com or by calling (866) AST-1520.
About Autism Spectrum Therapies:
Founded by respected experts in the field of autism, Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST) provides individuals with autism with a range of services from infancy through adulthood, as well as comprehensive training and support for parents and families in their homes and communities. AST's highly trained clinical staff uses scientifically-validated methods grounded in the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), with customized services ranging from play-based early intervention programs, to classroom support, to building practical skills for independent living. AST's intensive family-focused approach facilitates measurable, sustainable progress and helps individuals with autism achieve their full potential. More information at www.autismtherapies.com.
SOURCE Autism Spectrum Therapies