Faces is a behavioral program located in Redwood City, serving clients throughout the Peninsula. 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 (ABA). In addition, we offer K-12 school support and resources, and parent consultation and training.
ABA is an evidence-based scientific process which uses the principles of learning and motivation to change behavior. For practical purposes, we refer to behavior as observable actions and skills. ABA techniques are used to bring about meaningful positive changes in behavior.
ABA has its roots in behavioral psychology, is endorsed by the US Surgeon General and is approved by the FDA. In the 1960s, therapists began using ABA principles and techniques to help children with developmental disorders. Since then, many scientific studies have confirmed that using intensive applied behavior analysis techniques with young children with autism significantly improves their cognitive abilities, non-verbal communication, receptive and expressive language skills, as well as other adaptive skills. Because it is an evidence-based scientific methodology, many insurance carriers will cover expenses related to this therapy.
ABA therapy uses many different techniques and principles and requires a qualified and skilled behavior analyst to customize an intervention program to a child’s specific needs. Understanding what motivates an individual is the key to applying many ABA techniques successfully. Once a child has been introduced and responds to certain techniques, they can be applied in a classroom as well as a home setting. This requires caregivers to also learn how to apply these techniques consistently and effectively.
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). We offer:
- Behavior Assessment: conducted by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in your home or at school
- Behavior Consultation: short-term consultation is designed to target specific needs and goals
- Parent and Community Training: individualized or group training on specific behavior management topics
- ABA Therapy Services: individualized therapy in the child’s home, school or community
Early intensive ABA interventions that begin before a child turns three usually involve 20-30 hours per week of in-home or on-site instruction. Levels of service may change over time or may vary with the specific needs of each child. Faces also offers less intensive, customized programs for preschool through elementary school aged children.
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 Tutors, who assist in teaching. All staff members receive rigorous and on-going clinical training, including Safety Care de-escalation procedures.
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. Teaching targets are established through the IEP and/or 6-month review process.
The primary goal of this program is to maximize children’s long-term levels of functioning.
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.
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. Faces merged with PACE in 2011.
Faces is located at 220D Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City. Visitors arriving from Highway 101 can get to our offices from either the Holly Street or Ralston Ave/Marine Parkway exits.
220 D Twin Dolphin Drive
Redwood City, CA 94065