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Upcoming Special Needs Zoom Workshops

Our complimentary workshops are focused on empowering and educating families who have dependents with special needs giving them clear, actionable information that can be used to understand and build a responsible financial lifestyle. Our small and interactive seminars will be led by popular financial speaker, Pat Bergmaier, and will provide a comfortable setting in which attendees can learn how to take control of their present and future financial planning. As a follow-up, individual meetings may be scheduled to focus on your personal financial situation without distraction.

Please feel free to share with others and find us on Facebook to be kept up to date on new events and workshops too! Send your questions to Pat Bergmaier.

Tuesday August 4th, 7pm EST

Hosted by: Theraplay

Tuesday August 11th 3-4pm EST

Hosted by: Arc of Lehigh & Northampton Counties

Wednesday August 19th 1pm EST

Hosted by: Penn Mutual South

Wednesday August 26th 1pm EST

Hosted by: Penn Mutual South

If you and your group of friends/families you know want to do something just for your group - please reach out!

School district employees, therapy providers, supports coordinators, etc interested in hosting a workshop for your families - let us know!

Should your employer be offering something similar?-- Please reach out to Pat!

Remember, life will continue after this. The opportunities being presented right now with the stock market, tax law changes and Covid-19 related insurance changes (not good ones) really call for the need to plan NOW. Please do not hesitate to call to schedule an initial meeting via Zoom. 

Stay well!





1) Individual Therapy with Parent Support & Training

Therapy will be available both in-person & tele-health to meet your family's medical and comfort needs.

CFATC's unique therapy approach treats a wide range of childhood emotional, behavioral, and social challenges. We help clients at four levels: 1) Teaching CBT-inspired coping skills, 2) Unblocking stuck emotions with creative art-play and verbal therapy, 3) Forming & practicing relationships with healthy attachment & boundaries, and 4) Training caregivers in supportive structure & strategies. Info about individual therapy

2) The Art of Friendship Social-Coping Program @Home

The Art of Friendship Social-Coping Program @Home counteracts social distancing
isolation & skill regression
It isn't safe to gather in groups just yet, but our social skills group therapists innovated creative ways to make virtual social skills therapy engaging & successful. Visit our social skills site.

Connect Plus Therapy: Camp In A Box

CAMP IN-A-BOX is an exciting summer solution created by Connect Plus Therapy for children on the Autism Spectrum. Your child deserves the best. With expert clinical knowledge from BCBAs and super fun Behavioral Technicians we will provide CAMP IN-A-BOX customized for your child's needs. Insurance based program, Check eligibility today

We Have Your Box!

HillTop Prep Summer Adventures Online

We are happy to announce that we will be able to give our families a unique online summer program this year. While we hope that we will be able to have our summer programs as usual (or as close to usual as we can), we are fully prepared to offer a number of fun and exciting programs and activities online. We're also happy to share that due to various considerations, we will be offering a 30% discount to our camp tuition if we are providing our summer programs online. So we encourage you to sign up as usual using our registration portal. We've created a few payment options for families to have as much flexibility as possible. You may want to either pay just the deposit for now, or register without paying anything until we know exactly what we are able to provide. Below you'll find information about how to register, as well as a brief overview of what we're planning to do with our online programs.

Summer Camp Overview
Our regular summer camp program will feature a variety of activities. First, we'll have daily scheduled live activities, including STEM projects, arts and crafts, cooking, Minecraft, gardening, games, etc. We'll provide a list of supplies in advance. These will be led by our counselors as usual. We will also have weekly modules of guided activities that campers can complete on their own time, with support from our counselors as needed. Finally, we will be providing campers with access to an online library of self-guided coding and STEM projects and courses. Live support will be available if needed, too. These activities will be optional, so that campers can choose the activity or manner of participation that is best for them.

As in previous years, campers will have access to daily academic and writing support via Google Hangouts, as well as access to clinical support as needed. While we won't be able to enjoy field trips as we did previously, we will lead the campers through some virtual field trips. 

We're also introducing an optional, after-school Esports program for campers who would like to have the opportunity to compete in a formal gaming league. The games we're able to offer for now include Super Smash Bros, Minecraft, and Fortnite. This is an additional, but small, cost, so please contact me ([email protected]) separately if you're interested.

Pathways/Innovators Overview
Pathways To Independence and Summer Innovators will share some resources and activities. This program will consist of daily scheduled live sessions, and daily independent time to work on projects and other activities. These campers will also have access to our online library of online courses and projects with live support. Due to the nature of the program, the live sessions will be required so that students can get the effect of instruction.

Monday college visits will continue, but in a virtual manner. Mrs. Gillespie is planning to lead campers through 2 online visits every Monday. And like Summer Camp, clinical support is available as needed and the optional Esports program is available, too.

Please feel free to email if you have any questions for us. We've been working hard to create an online program that will still provide good benefits to our students and help them stay sharp over the summer and be more prepared for our return to campus. We hope you'll join us for this unique new program!

Thanks, and stay safe!


Note from Hill Top Prep School

I am reaching out to let you know that there is financial assistance available for families who may be on the fence about considering private school/Hill Top Prep because of the cost. We appreciate your support of Hill Top Prep, and if you have any questions about our program, please feel free to reach out. Thank you for continuing to send us extraordinary students!
Kind regards,

Program Description

Hill Top Profile


Behavior Analysis and Therapy Partners are  providing telehealth services for kids in our ABA and IBHS programs. If interested, contact Joe at 610-664-6200.
Communiverse Offerings:

Send us your questions and follow up on social media. E-mail us, text us, and call us with any questions you may have during this time. We will address all questions through video content on our social media pages:

Instagram - @Communiverse

Twitter - @CommuniverseLLC

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/CommuniverseTherapySolutions/

LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/communiverse-llc/

Kristina Vacha, LCSW, is providing tele-therapy during the quarantine period in the form of individual and group sessions. She will waive the fee for each client's first individual session or group session.
As some people are facing financial challenges during this time, she is offering behavior support/therapy at reduced rates based on your financial situation. If your child or adult child has a state waiver, the agencies should be allowing your assigned behavior therapist to provide tele-therapy for the duration of stay-at-home order. This is currently being offered by the Devereux  CARES Community Adult Autism Partnership Program (CAAPP ).
If you are a parent working from home, you should be able to set up online therapy with your regular therapist. If you don't have a regular therapist, your employer may be able to match you with a therapist providing online therapy through your Employee Assistance Program.
If you feel you need support and are not sure how to proceed, Kristina is available for a free phone consultation.
Kristina Vacha, LCSW
484-274-8957,  [email protected]
BCBA for Helping Hands Family provides in-home and in-clinic ABA services to children with Autism. Our clinic is located in Malvern, PA but is closed at this time. Even though our clinic is closed, we are available for home services. If we can help you with requests from displaced clients or, on a very temporary basis, with your own services, please reach out. Council for Autism Service Providers (CASP) has confirmed that we are considered an essential service at this time and are taking all precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of all. They continue to provide guidance on the best ways to provide these necessary services during this time.
We can provide temporary or ongoing support to children with either in-home services or through tele-health. We also are able to do intake and carry out initial assessments for children who have an autism diagnosis and need to start receiving ABA services. These services are paid through private insurance and can begin immediately. For more information, call 610-316-5902 or email:  [email protected].


In the best interest of all patients, family members and staff, NeurAbilities Healthcare has temporary closed our offices but continues to provide the services you need.  All of our staff are now working remotely to treat patientsschedule appointments and answer any questions. We are providing telemedicine services for many of our services, including Behavior Consultation and Training for parents in NJ and PA. We understand that some children may not be receiving their routinely scheduled behavioral services and would like to help.

Please call 856-346-0005 or email [[email protected]] to contact us for scheduling or general information.


Deborah Morris
P: 856-346-0005 x1212  F: 855-266-6180 E: [email protected]

ASCEND Group Membership Levels...Membership options that make sense

As a nonprofit organization, we depend solely on the support of our members as
we work to fulfill our mission to raise public awareness about AS and related disorders, advocate for improved education and services, and provide support and information to the Asperger and autism community.

Access to some of the content on this website is available only to subscribing members. Various membership options and benefits are shown below:

Member Benefits include:

  • Free admission to one or more meet-ups. Our meetups this year have been:
  • Free or discounted registration for ASCEND webinars and educational sessions.
  • Posting of events, research, camps and groups (organizational members only)
  • Referrals (organizational members only)
  • Invitation or join our professionals elist (listserv) for message posting (organizational members only)
  • Inclusion in our Membership Directory (optional and available only to member families)
  • Invitation to join our families e-lists (listservs) for message posting (member families only)
  • Access to our Members Only "Cybrary" containing: Autism & Employment Networking &  Interviewing Webinars, SAP: Autism at Work Session Recording,  College Panel Night hand-outs, Key Considerations and Concerns for Teens with ASD,Preparing Students with Disabilities For Life After School and the Workplace Presentation, Emotional Regulation, Living in an Instaworld and our e-newsletter archive (all members)

ASCEND Individual Membership $25/year

ASCEND Family Membership $45/year

ASCEND Organizational Membership $160/year

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