September 7, 2022
What is Wandering? It may be confusing to some why a person may decide to wander away from their home. What we do know is that wandering (also known as eloping) is a complex behavior that is common in individuals with autism. In fact, statistics… Read More
July 27, 2022
When a family has been monitoring a child’s development and is starting to wonder if the child would benefit from an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) evaluation, the team at Acorn Health understands that process isn’t easy to understand, and can take a long time to coordinate. Acorn Health… Read More
July 21, 2022
Are you wondering if Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy should become a part of your child’s preschool experience this fall? If your child recently received an ASD diagnosis, you are likely inundated with making decisions, and balancing the time of your child between ABA therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and preschool, too! Learning more about the benefits of ABA therapy during preschool can help in that decision-making process. Consulting with your child’s Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) or pediatrician can be another helpful perspective to consider when deciding when to begin ABA therapy. Read More
July 14, 2022
When a child participates in applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy, they are working toward specific goals, but they are also learning how to learn from their natural environment everyday. ABA therapy teaches them how to positively work with a teacher, sit and wait for instructions, and systems of positive and negative consequences associated with specific behaviors. These learned systems can help them potentially be productive learners in other types of therapy that support what they are learning during ABA therapy. Read More
July 7, 2022
Every day, our community continues to uncover more about autism and how to better support families and individuals with autism. ABA therapy remains a constant and effective treatment option to consider, which is why Acorn Health continues to grow and expand across the United States.
As Acorn Health expands, one thing that stays the same is our commitment to the highest quality, most advanced ABA therapy services and practices. All our locations are Behavioral Health Center of Excellence® accredited, which means that every one of our facilities upholds the same, consistent high levels of care for our patients and their caregivers.You can expect streamlined processes, excellent service from our team members, progress measurement and reporting, collaboration with other providers, and a gentle and caring experience that puts your child first.
Acorn Health continues to evaluate where ABA services are most needed, and plans to continue its growth trajectory to make it possible for families to receive quality health care, conveniently. Read More
June 23, 2022
Are you concerned your child has or may drop skills over the summer months? There are signs to look for that could help you identify that happening sooner than later. One of the clearest signs that a skill is regressing is if the child fails to utilize a skill under conditions in which it was previously taught. For example, if a learner was taught to wash their hands after using the bathroom and maintained the skill for several weeks after learning it, but the parent observes them skipping this part of the toileting routine. This is a clear sign the learner might need a few booster teaching sessions. There could be several reasons why this happens. Read More
June 6, 2022
Your child may be exhibiting signs they are ready to be toilet trained, or maybe you are just very eager to ditch the diapers. Toilet training a child requires the right balance between a child’s readiness to learn to use the toilet, and a parent’s readiness to do the training. When a child has autism, toilet training could come with specific challenges. What we know is that all children are different, so whether your child is diagnosed with autism or neurotypical, it’s a complicated process to sign up for.
That said, a toilet trained child is quite an accomplishment for themselves and for the parent. Say goodbye to the cost of diapers or pull-ups and improve your child’s confidence in being able to independently use the restroom. It’s worthwhile to begin the process of toilet training once you believe it’s the right time to do so. Read More
April 14, 2022
During Autism Awareness Month, it’s a time to learn more surrounding the benefits of early and proper intervention programs, which have the power to alter the course for children with ASD. The reason that early intervention is so important is due to neuroplasticity, which generally refers to how someone’s brain can adapt and learn due to experience. Read More
April 9, 2022
Research has shown that as many as 80% of children with autism spectrum disorder are affected by sleep issues. Inconsistent or inadequate sleep can exacerbate problem behaviors, so establishing a more consistent bedtime routine is worth the effort. When a child has a regular bedtime, it creates a sense of predictability in family routines. But it’s not only for Monday through Friday. It’s important that newly established routines carry through seven days a week. When all caregivers are committed and abide by a consistent bedtime routine, a child is more likely to learn the skills to fall asleep & stay asleep without disruption. This is especially important for children with autism, who are frequently most successful with predictable and consistent schedules.Bedtime routines should be short, predictable and expected. School-age children typically need 10-11 hours of sleep, however, there is research that suggests children with autism may need less. Read More
March 15, 2022
ABA therapy is a flexible therapy that is adapted for each child. ABA stands for “applied behavior analysis” and teaches skills that are necessary and useful in everyday life. ABA therapy helps an individual become more independent over time and be as successful as possible in school and at home. It is designed based on each child’s individual needs and preferences to provide positive reinforcement in activities they do on a daily basis. It helps strengthen positive behaviors and decrease negative behaviors.
This guide based on the most commonly asked questions from parents will outline what is involved in ABA therapy and what to expect if you are considering it as a treatment option for your child. Read More
February 22, 2022
Acorn Health is pleased to announce the acquisition of Lucent Development and Behavior Solutions. The acquisition of Lucent expands Acorn Health’s presence in Florida and furthers its mission of providing high-quality, center-based ABA therapy services to children diagnosed with autism.
“We are thrilled that owner Amanda Wesson and her team will be joining the Acorn family,” said Vicki Kroviak, CEO of Acorn Health. “The addition of Lucent helps further our mission to deliver best-in-class ABA services to more families in the greater Orlando area. We believe acquisition will help further our goal of increasing access to ABA therapy for families in need.” Read More
February 14, 2022
Acorn Health recognizes the growing need for children to have convenient access to quality care. Early intervention is key for children with autism to be able to achieve their greatest potential in life.
Today, Acorn Health is proud to add three new locations to its growing U.S. footprint, which now includes 60 total locations. The three newest locations are scheduled to open by the end of March and April of 2022. Read More
February 11, 2022
Acorn Health is pleased to announce that Sarah Vega has joined the organization as Senior Vice President of Payor Relations. In this role, Vega is responsible for leading all aspects of Acorn Health’s payor relations, including contract management, negotiations, and compliance. Her work also includes a continued effort to strengthen… Read More
February 8, 2022
Winter can be a challenging time of year for parents. When the temperatures plummet and the sun hides behind the clouds for months, finding appropriate and enjoyable activities for your child with autism can be difficult. If your child is currently involved in applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy, your child’s behavior analyst can be a great resource to ask for activity ideas to keep your child happy and healthy throughout the winter months.
Acorn Health is sharing several creative ideas that you can try at home with your child, and these activities also serve as opportunities to practice principles from ABA therapy at home. Read More
January 3, 2022
As we look back on 2021, we are incredibly moved and thankful for the progress our clients have made and the growth that Acorn Health has experienced. Most of all, it has been our honor to help more families and children across more communities than ever before.
As of the end of 2021, we have a total of 57 locations across seven states, all of which are accredited by the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence®. Acorn Health currently employs more than 1,200 qualified and passionate individuals who are committed to providing quality service to all clients and their families. Read More