Autism Community Network

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utism Community Network (ACN) offers diagnostic and therapuetic services for under-served and economically challenged children.  In addition, they offer family empowerment classes, courses and events, and professional development programs for healthcare providers and caretakers.  Since 2009, ACN has served more than 20,000 children, parents, caretakers and professionals.

What is Autism:

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder characterized by deficits in social interactions, communication and abnormal behavior patterns.  Because this development occurs in early childhood, it is critical to diagnose children early for the best chance of success.

According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control, the incidence rate of autism is 1 in 59 individuals.  At the local level, a report commissioned by the Kronkosky Foundation in 2016, found that 1 in 81 individuals in Bexar County are classified as having autism.  The rate of autism has continued to grow since ACN’s inception in 2008, yet the services available in San Antonio and Central Texas are not able to keep pace with the need.   ACN provides clinical autism diagnostic services and training/education to families and professional who have limited options. Currently, ACN is one of only two organizations serving the Medicaid population in Bexar, and surrounding counties, with clinical autism diagnostic services.

Mission

To maximize the potential of children with autism by providing early diagnosis for those with limited access and educating and empowering the community to support them.

Goals

The primary goals of the Autism Service Center of San Antonio are to provide early, high quality,  interdisciplinary diagnosis and treatment for young children with autism spectrum disorders; education and training for autism service providers and families touched by autism; and comprehensive information and networking of our autism community.

Contact Information

Autism Community Network 4242 Woodcock Dr. Suite 101 San Antonio, Texas 78228
(210) 435-1000

What Services Does The Autism Community Network Offer?

Diagnostic Services

Autism Community Network provides early, high quality, interdisciplinary diagnostic services to children up to age six who are suspected to have autism. ACN serves families with limited access, as well as those who are suffering financial burden and/or have limited English proficiency. All services are offered in English and Spanish.

Level 2 Focused Assessments - The Level 2 Focused Assessment is the first step of the diagnostic process. This includes: internal testing with probes for developmental milestones (i.e. language development, social skills development, motor development, sensory processing capacities, and adaptive skills). Restricted, repetitive patterns of behaviors, interests, or activities related to autism are also identified. In addition to internal testing, experienced Speech and/or Occupational Therapists use the M-CHAT-R parent-report screening tool, parent-child observation, and parent interview. Based on the results, a child may be scheduled for an Interdisciplinary Diagnostic Evaluation or referred to community resources to help the family maximize the child's potential.

Interdisciplinary Diagnostic Evaluations - These evaluations are an arena-style assessment of the child's overall development with a focus on communication, adaptive behaviors, and social-interaction skills. The team makes diagnoses and fundamental intervention recommendations. Our developmental-behavior pediatrician provides immediate feedback on the day of evaluation regarding the test results and the diagnosis received from the evaluation team.

Family Empowerment Program

Autism Community Network provides the educational tools necessary for families to maximize the potential of their children with autism, To meet meet this need, they offer Family Empowerment Classes, Hands-On Family Empowerment Courses, and Family Empowerment Events.

Family Empowerment Classes - These classes are specially designed for family members of children of all ages with autism including parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and foster adoption parents and are offered on a variety of topics related to caring for a child with autism. We offer the classes on a regular basis as well as on-demand. The classes are provided free of charge thanks to the support from United Way of San Antonio.

Hands-On Family Empowerment Courses - These courses a re designed to target the specific needs of families and supplement therapy for children up to the age of eight with autism. Sessions allow families to work one-on-one on the specific needs of their child with a therapist who specializes in Autism.

Family Empowerment Events - These Events offer families an autism-friendly environment in which to socialize with peers, get to know our therapists, ask questions, and have fun! These events are free thanks to support from Autism Speaks.

Professional Training

The General Professional Trainings are geared toward: A) Individuals who are paid to care for children with autism who are not family members including babysitters, nannies, live in nannies, au pairs, respite care workers/volunteers, daycare providers, and foster parents; B) paraprofessionals who are not licensed or certified including teaching assistants, instructional assistants, and registered behavioral technicians (RBTs); and C) licensed/certified professionals who have little to no experience in providing educational/therapeutic services to children with autism on the topic of training.

Upcoming Events

2nd Annual Spanish Family Empowerment Conference:
Love in all Languages – Supporting Dual Language
Learners with Autism

Date: February 14, 2010
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 pm
Location: The Burleson Center for Innovation and Education : 534 Cordelia St. Building 2, San Antonio, TX 78237

For more information

Family Support Group
2020 Meeting Calendar

Date: January – December 2020
            (check link below for Saturday date)
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Autism Community Network: 4242 Woodcock Drive, Suite 101, San Antonio, TX 78228

For more information on Saturday dates

Family Empowerment Hands-On Training Courses

Who: Parents, primary caregivers, and family members of children up to 8 years old with autism spectrum disorder
Location: Autism Community Network : 4242 Woodcock Drive, Suite 101, San Antonio, TX 78228

For more information on classes

Family Empowerment Classes – Spring 2020

Date: January – April, 2020
Time: Times vary per day
Location: Various locations

For more information on specific days, times and locations for each class

If you are interested in supporting the Autism Community Network or are in need of their services, please contact 210.435.1000 or visit them at www.acn-sa.org.

Testimonial

My son received his diagnosis here and we have taken several workshops and participated in a study. The staff is very nice and friendly and offer resources to all families. The classes are informative and very helpful. I'm so grateful to the Autism Community Network. I definitely recommend them to all families who have a loved one living with autism.

- Bianca I. Ramirez

My son received his screening and diagnosis here. We also have attended several of the parent training classes over the years. I am so thankful for this place. I recommend to all who are in need of services relating to autism.

- Veronica Garcia