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Our Newest ASCEND Organizational Member: NeurAbilities

NeurAbilities Healthcare is the premier provider of neurological and neuro-developmental services in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, offering comfort, hope and answers that transform the lives of individuals of all ages, and their families.

Our Mission- To transform the lives of neuro-diverse individuals through precision medicine, behavior sciences and therapeutic treatments with compassion, dignity, and respect.

Our Vision- To be the leading provider of comprehensive and coordinated neurological, behavioral, and therapeutic services.

P: 856 346 0005 F: 855 266 6180





1) Individual Therapy with Parent Support & Training

Therapy will be available both in-person & telehealth 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!


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 teletherapy 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]

Resources for Homeschooling 

Resources for All

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has created a COVID-19 update and FAQ webpage here. For specific health-related concerns not addressed here or by the CDC, you can contact the Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline at 1-800-722-7112.

Effective immediately, Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) is suspending non-payment terminations and waiving new late payment charges, learn more here.

Comcast is providing free internet access for 60 days through their Internet Essentials program. Learn more here.

If COVID-19 is impacting your employment, you may be eligible to receive assistance. Learn more here.

If you're interested in volunteering to support COVID-19 response efforts, you can find opportunities here.

Philadelphia Mental Health Center (PMHC), a non-profit agency providing various services to families. During this quarantine time, Telehealth services are offered to provide support to families and participants. Program Coordinator: [email protected] Agency website: www.pmhccares.org 

 Phila.Gov food link with interactive map for anyone, even if you are accessing school meals.


Urgent Care Centers in Philadelphia if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

Self-Advocates United as 1 (SAU1) is holding conference calls to share information, resources and provide a forum for people to discuss concerns regarding COVID-19. You can join the calls by computer at https://zoom.us/j/624794330 or by phone: dial (646) 876-9923, then your meeting ID: 624 794 330 #. Learn more about the calls here.

Up to two shelf-stable meals for youth are available at these schools Monday through Friday, from 9 AM - 12 PM. Select Philadelphia Recreation Centers are functioning as meal sites from Monday - Friday, 2 - 6 PM. Only meals will be provided during that time. There will be no structured activities. Learn more here.

Social Story about COVID-19 by Amanda McGuiness.

Social Story about COVID-19 by Pediatric Therapeutic Services.

UNC Team Creates Online Toolkit for Those Supporting Individuals With Autism During COVID-19 Epidemic.

Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times

ASERT Coronavirus Health & Safety Guide

Go Noodle’s Good Energy at HOME (also in Spanish)

18 Tips On How To Cope With Children During Quarantine by Bianca Miller Cole for forbes.com

PaTTAN- Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network offers these supports:

Activities To Do From Home 

8 Things to Do While Under Quarantine from Psychology Today.

Sister creates app to help brother with autism make friends. 

Planet Fitness is committed to continuing to provide you with healthy and safe alternatives to keep moving. We know the best way to stay healthy is to stay active, especially now.

Exercise can reduce stress, help you stay healthy, and keep you feeling great. So, we're offering  FREE in-home workouts , live-streamed daily, for all Planet Fitness members and non-members alike. Workouts will be led by our trainers and  surprise celebrity guests .

If you miss the live class, you can come back and watch it later. No equipment needed, and classes are 20 minutes or less.

Headspace Meditation Free Meditations

There are a lot of unknowns in the world right now. But one thing is certain - Headspace is here for you. To help support you through this time of crisis, we're offering some meditations you can listen to anytime.

These are part of a larger collection in the Headspace app - free for everyone - called Weathering the storm. It includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help you out, however you're feeling. It's our small way of helping you find some space and kindness for yourself and those around you.

Sprout Film The only distributor of films exclusively featuring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

We continue to add amazing films featuring people with IDD to our Sproutflix catalogue. If you would like to view the latest additions.

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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