Special Needs Network, Inc.

Center for Autism + Developmental Disabilities (C.A.D.D.)

Our much anticipated autism clinic is now open.


We are very proud to announce that Special Needs Network in partnership with St. John’s Well Child and Family Center have established a Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities in Compton, Watts and Willowbrook community. The Clinic is a crossroad where the uniquely rich cultures and traditions of the South L.A. Community meet, and where families are placed front and center and provided the highest quality care available. The Clinic is a one-stop shop for families in the community in need of behavioral therapy services, education, and other valuable resources.


The Autism Medical & Developmental School-Related Clinic is our answer to the current inequities in South Los Angeles, where 30% of adults are uninsured and more than 14% of residents are unemployed, more than double the rate of West Los Angeles residents. Since 2000, five emergency rooms have closed, leaving only one full-scale ER/trauma center currently serving over one million residents in the nearly 100 square mile area.


The clinic will primarily provide a medical home for children with  learning, developmental and mental health issues by offering comprehensive assessments, ABA, speech and occupational therapy, and other needed services. The wide range of free or low-cost health and social services will target at at-risk and low-income youth and families and provide services such as family counseling, legal support services, and educational training for parents and caretakers.


For More Information: 323-291-7100 ask to speak to Juan Carlos Garcia



St. John’s Well Child and Special Needs Network
Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (C.A.D.D.)





Behavior Therapy

Specifically what we are providing is ABA therapy.  The modalities (method of delivery) will be Discrete Trial Training (DTT), play therapy, natural environment training, and social skills.  In conjunction with Behavior Therapy is always a component of Parent Education.  Individualized goals are formulated for each child and therapists work in session with the children several times a week to reach those goals.  They are formalized in quarters and reported every six months.  Goals are usually stepping stones to reaching performance as compared to that of a “typically developing” child.  The logic is that children reaching their individualized goals will allow them to access their respective environments in the same manner as their typical counterparts.  Parent education adds a component to therapy that is “take home.”  Essentially the best way to provide intervention on a day-to-day basis for children is to constantly be molded.  A parent will receive support from our staff in the intervention of their children.  Specific programs will be written for the child in order for the parent to implement.  A program is just a step by step written document that instructs parents on how to react to certain situations when the child is exhibiting specific behaviors or a step by step written document that instructs parents on how to best build skills in their children (language, social, motor, etc.…).



We will also be teaching parents/caregivers how to advocate for their children and how to deal with situations that arise in educational/therapeutic settings.  At times children aren’t dealt with in the best manner and as a result, their trajectory in therapy and prognosis is affected.  The level of therapy implemented can mean the difference between having a child that is able to reach a point that they can speak.  Furthermore, it can affect the normal functioning or lack thereof.  Our kids really have the potential to be “typical” and have “typical” lives, however, services aren’t always up to par.  Considering that we are dealing with a lot of lower socioeconomic parents the likelihood of lack of education and high and in turn the ability to be a critic of the services being provided may not be that great.  Our job will be to review documentation brought to us and help parents address the issues they may be facing.


We will also provide:

> Referrals and links to additional special needs services

> Comprehensive primary and preventative medical care

> Behavioral health services and assessments