Location

Lorton, VA


Hours

8am - 7pm, M-F Center-based and in-home services available.

8530 Cinder Bed Rd, Suite 1300
Lorton, Virginia 22079

(703) 782-5047

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Most parents are anxious to begin helping their child — now.

Here's the Acorn Health promise: For our early intervention program, you will have an opportunity to meet with one of our clinical team members for a free consultation within 10 days from calling admissions.

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Welcome

A network of providers, one shared vision

Acorn Health is setting the standard of ABA therapy with best practices, pioneering next practices, and a Clinical Advisory Board of leaders in the field.

Viviana Gonzalez, BCBA
Clinical Director

From our Lorton Clinical Director

Viviana Gonzalez is the Senior Clinical Director for Acorn Health in Northern Virginia. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in the state of Virginia. She has been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2007 and her experience encompasses work with children, adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities, as well as typically developing children and adolescents; caregiver, teacher and staff training.

Viviana has worked in service delivery, training, supervision, and research in the areas of problem behavior reduction and skill acquisition in a variety of settings such as center-based clinics, outpatient hospital programs, adult day training facilities, family homes, residential group homes, public and private schools and early intervention preschools.

Viviana holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of South Florida. Her professional interests are in the areas of treatment and reduction of problem behavior; clinician, teacher and caregiver training and applied behavioral research. She enjoys teaching and disseminating behavior analysis, and strives to help every client, family and supervisee develop strong skills that will support lasting change.

We are an officially recognized Behavioral Health Center of Excellence

Acorn Health has been named a Behavioral Center of Excellence, a distinction which reflects our commitment to setting new standards in ABA treatment.

Our Services

Everyone repeats behavior that produces a valued reward

This very simple, human inclination is central to ABA therapy. Your child’s Acorn Board-Certified therapist identifies a goal behavior for your child. When your child displays the behavior we want to see, he or she receives something personally meaningful (and you’ll help us identify ideas.

We’ll also learn what precedes your child’s challenging behaviors

We call them “antecedents.” They’re things that happen immediately before the behavior we’re trying to change. An antecedent can be a request, like “clean up your room”; a feeling or reaction; a specific object; bright lights or a noisy crowd. ABA therapy looks for these antecedents and finds alternatives that influence your child’s reaction.

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Assessment

Our Board Certified Behavior Analysts conducts skills assessments to understand your child’s specific needs: his or her language development, practical life skills, ability to generalize learning, and more. We also conduct functional behavior assessments and analyses for children with challenging behaviors.

Custom Therapy Plan

With all this data, we draft a custom therapy plan and share our clinical recommendations with parents and caregivers. Therapy plans are developed only after we understand your family’s goals and preferences. We also openly collaborate with your child’s school and other therapists (for example, speech language pathologists or occupational therapists). Consistency and a team approach lead to optimal outcomes.

Skill Building

Acorn Health focuses first on the child’s activities of daily living. We begin with improving communication and social skills. Then, we address activities like mealtime challenges, and intensive toilet training. Where appropriate, we also develop vocational skills.

Family education and training is an integral part of each therapy plan. Consistency helps children acquire skills, then maintain and generalize the learning for new situations.

Behavior Reduction

Children with challenging behaviors benefit from function-based behavior reduction plans. These plans often include eliminating triggers and providing opportunities for the child to demonstrate the replacement behavior.

We have protocols for managing these behaviors and functional alternatives (e.g., asking for a break rather than engaging in problem behavior to achieve that break). Here, too, collaboration matters. Consistency at home, school, and other environments creates lasting progress.

ABA therapy is typically covered by insurance

Insurance requires a doctor’s referral and a formal diagnosis of autism. We accept most health insurance plans for assessment and ongoing treatment.


Please contact us with any insurance related questions at
(703) 782-5047

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