Special Needs Network, Inc.

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

The Special Needs Network autism center will be a part of a three-story, 55,000 square foot building on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital campus in the heart of South LA where County and community-based organizations will offer client-centered and culturally responsive integrated wellness services. With our partner, St. John’s Well Child and Family, the autism center will provide comprehensive medical, dental and therapeutic services designed to improve the quality of life for special needs children, teens and adults. From ABA, speech and occupational therapies, outdoor sports courts, a yoga center and music, technology and creative spaces, SNN’s autism center will provide the kind of state-of-the-art, high quality services our children and their families deserve.


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