Faces is an behavioral program located in Redwood City. Our mission is to enable children with autism to reach their full potential through early intervention therapy based on the science of Applied Behavior Analysis. In addition, we offer K-12 school support and resources, and parent consultation and training.
Faces moved to 220D Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City on September 1, 2013. Visitors arriving from Highway 101 can get to our offices from either the Holly Street or Ralston Ave/Marine Parkway exits. The space is located on the first floor of the back of a small office park of professional buildings.
In 1995, a group of families who have children with autism came together and realized that they had all searched the same path for diagnosis, information about the disorder, and treatment for their children. The parents were not the only ones who suffered through this process: the impact of the delay in treatment for their children meant that critical time to make a difference was lost forever in the search to simply find treatment.
Together, these parents founded the Foundation for Autistic Childhood Education and Support (FACES) to provide the community with an Early Intervention resource.
Intensive behavioral early intervention (a.k.a., Intensive Applied Behavior Analysis or intensive ABA) is based on empirical research and is currently considered by many to be the most effective treatment for children with autism. FACES uses multiple ABA-based teaching methods to address all significant areas of functioning (language, behavior management, academics, self-help skills, peer socialization, play) across environments (home, school, the community). Research-supported techniques and methodologies used include naturalistic teaching (using naturally occurring activities, motivators, and situations as teaching opportunities), teaching procedures guided by Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior, discrete trial teaching, and programming for generalization. Intensive early intervention typically consists of 30-40 hours per week of in-home and on-site, one-on-one instruction. However, level of service may change over the course of intervention or may vary with the specific needs of each child served. FACES also offers less intensive, customized programs for preschool through elementary school aged children.
Faces endorses least-restrictive teaching practices. Naturalistic teaching and incidental teaching are used, unless the child is unable to learn through these methods. Then, a more discrete format is used until stimulus control is established. Teaching targets are established through the IEP and/or 6-month review process. At Faces, developmentally-based assessments, functional behavior assessments, curriculum assessments, and session data inform programming decisions. Children are served by a team of professionally trained staff. The typical team consists of a Case Consultant, who oversees the team, the Case Manager, who directs programming and who spends the most time teaching the child and trains other tutors, and tutors, who assist in teaching. All staff members receive rigorous and on-going clinical training, including Safety Care de-escalation procedures.
The primary goal of this program is to maximize children’s long-term levels of functioning. Some children may be able to achieve normal levels of cognitive and academic functioning and be indistinguishable from their typical peers. Other children will make substantial gains but will continue to need academic and social support. A few children may make little progress as a result of the program. We attempt to maximize each child’s learning by using a team approach, collaborating with other professional care providers, and including parents and other caregivers in therapy.
We highly encourage parent involvement in therapy. Parent training is typically incorporated into the child’s ABA sessions. Parent consultation is also available independent of therapy services.
220 D Twin Dolphin Drive
Redwood City, CA 94065