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The ASCEND Program is a program within United Cerebral Palsy of Southern Arizona (USPSA) offering home-based specialized habilitation services for families with young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ASCEND employs the scientifically proven principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to develop an individualized teaching plan for each child with a focus on developmental and functional skill building. ASCEND conducts ongoing evaluation of our services to ensure every child is successful.

Early Childhood Services. ACSEND provides services to children eligible for Early Childhood Autism Specialized Habilitation through the Arizona Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). Preschool-aged children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), as well as children identified as high risk for ASD, may be eligible for early childhood habilitation services. Contact ASCEND and your DDD Support Coordinator today to begin the referral process.

Family-Centered Approach. We see parents as the experts of their children. Our families play an active role by identifying and implementing family-centered goals and providing feedback regarding the quality of services. Applied Behavior Analysis Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the science of human behavior and learning. ABA uses assessment, data monitoring, and systematic intervention to accelerate learning outcomes. Target skills are broken down into achievable steps and positive reinforcement is used to maximize motivation and growth. ABA is endorsed by the National Institutes of Health, the Association for Science in Autism Treatment, and the U.S. Surgeon General as the most effective way to teach individuals with Autism.

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