October 14, 2021

    Planning for Halloween When Your Child Has ASD

    Ghouls and goblins may be spooky fun for some — but for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), this time of year can be challenging to navigate. Halloween is a holiday full of sensory overload including scary monster costumes, frightening decorations, elements of surprise and scaring one another during trick-or-treating, as well as dressing up and hiding behind disguises. It’s no wonder that Halloween may not be so happy for some families. There are steps parents can take to help their child navigate the holiday and avoid circumstances that could make them upset or uncomfortable. First, parents should talk about what to expect before going to an event or trick-or-treating. The elements of those traditions can be very confusing to a child with ASD.  Read More


    October 5, 2021

    6 Tips to Make Mealtime Easier

    Every night at dinner, many parents promise delicious ice cream if only their children eat the vegetables on their plates. For parents who have children with autism, the mealtime battles can feel much more difficult. It’s extremely common for children with autism to have food aversions and sensitivities. In fact, researchers at Marcus Autism Center at Emory University School of Medicine found children with autism had a 5 times more likely chance of mealtime challenges, including tantrums or ritualistic behaviors. Other research has shown that up to 70 percent of parents with autistic children say they experience very picky eating habits.  Read More


    October 4, 2021

    15 Home Safety Tips for Children with Autism

    Your home has served many purposes over the last year — it’s become a gym, a school, a restaurant, an office and most importantly — is still the place your family gathers at the end of the day to laugh, relax and spend time together. For families with children with autism, ensuring their home is a safe place requires taking precautions in almost every room. That’s because many children with autism have sensory issues that make them more fixated on certain things in the home that could be dangerous. Additionally, a study found that half of all kids with autism wander and try to escape their own homes, resulting in devastating consequences. Read More


    October 4, 2021

    We Keep Growing! Acorn Health Is Opening 5 New Locations

    The prevalence of autism continues to go up — in fact, since 2000, it’s increased more than 178%. That’s more families than ever before who need quality, effective ABA therapy to help their children reach their fullest potential in life. Acorn Health is proud to be able to continue to expand our network because access to services is very important for busy families and is critical for kids with ASD.  Read More


    September 27, 2021

    Clinical Systems Demonstrates Acorn Health’s Commitment to Pioneering Next Practices in ABA Therapy

    Acorn Health has proudly paved the way to provide families and children innovative and effective ABA therapy that enhances their lives. Everyone at Acorn Health is guided by our core values — authenticity, accountability, teamwork, growth, and hustle. These are not simply words that live on walls — they are ingrained in our actions, our plans, and our people.  Read More


    September 13, 2021

    Seeking an Autism Diagnosis 

    If atypical development points towards potential Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) warning signs, begin conversations with your doctor about diagnostic options. At 18 and 24 months, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children are screened for autism.  Whether the signs were noticed during a well-check by the pediatrician, or certain behaviors (or lack of) have been a recent cause for concern, obtaining answers and a diagnosis are the first steps toward feeling in-control and helping your child. Dr. Gregory Worthington, clinical psychologist at Acorn Health, explains what to do if you notice warning signs and the steps to take to obtain an official diagnosis. Read More


    August 17, 2021

    Meet Acorn Health’s Licensed Clinical Psychologist Dr. Gregory Worthington

    Acorn Health identifies the industry’s best clinical professionals to join our team, who are passionate and knowledgeable about helping children with autism achieve meaningful goals to improve their lives and independence. One of our most recent additions to our clinical staff is Dr. Gregory Worthington, PSYD, BCBA-D, who is now available to diagnose children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other mental illness disorders in the Michigan area. This capability will ultimately speed up the process for which children can begin receiving treatment, which we know is a hurdle for many families. Families who receive an ASD diagnosis can then take that information to any provider in their area if/when they are ready to receive ABA services or other recommended treatments.  Read More


    July 14, 2021

    Signs of Autism

    Understand the most common red flags of autism and what to do next  Do you have concerns about your child’s development? As your toddler develops new skills, it can be difficult to decipher what is considered normal development and when to seek professional guidance. Typically, initial signs of autism can be present between… Read More


    June 7, 2021

    10 ABA Therapy Terms To Know

    Has your child recently started ABA therapy? Or, did your child recently receive an autism diagnosis? As you seek out resources to help your family down this path, you may start to hear new terms that are foreign to you, making meetings with specialists confusing or possibly even frustrating. Read More


    May 26, 2021

    What Is An ABA Assessment?

    Throughout a child’s life, they will undergo assessments in school for learning and outside of school for extracurriculars so that teachers and coaches understand their current skill level and can tailor learning programs to help them achieve their greatest capabilities.   In ABA therapy, there are many different types of ABA assessments, all… Read More


    May 13, 2021

    Meet Our National Clinical Leaders

    As Acorn Health expands its footprint across the country, leaders within our organization are creating clinical standards and processes to ensure our therapists are delivering the same standard of care across our facilities and bringing the very best in ABA to our clients and families. In this article, we’ll introduce three recently advanced… Read More


    May 7, 2021

    Acorn Health Is Opening 6 New Locations in 2021!

    As the demand for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy grows, so does the need for Acorn Health’s services. We recognize the importance of supporting those families who need us, and the best way to meet this demand is to expand our network!   We are excited to announce the opening of six new ABA… Read More


    May 7, 2021

    The Value of Early Intervention ABA Therapy

    Parents are faced with a constant bombardment of decisions for their children every day — what snacks to eat, which schools to attend, which pediatrician to see — the list is endless. When your child is diagnosed with autism, you are faced with an entirely new list of important decisions. Read More