Location

O’Fallon, IL


Hours

8am - 6pm, M-F

6 Eagle Center
Suite 1
O’Fallon, Illinois 62269

(844) 244 -1818

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Our 10-Day Promise

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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.

Acorn Health's O’Fallon Clinical Director Patsy Schmermund

Patsy Schmermund, M.Ed, BCBA-LBA
Clinical Director

From our O'Fallon Clinical Director

When a child has been recently diagnosed with Autism, it can be daunting and difficult for the family. As a sibling of an adult living with autism, I understand that this journey is not easy.

At Acorn Health of Illinois, we are here to support each family and create a plan that is specific to each child so that they can lead a successful and fulfilling life. We believe that family comes first, and we strive to make a difference in the lives of the clients that we serve, as well as their family.

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.

Additional Services We Offer

Speech and Language Services

Offering Speech and Language Services at Acorn Health’s O’Fallon facility allows for a comprehensive and collaborative approach to meeting the communication and behavioral needs for your child. Our SLP will consult in the development of developmentally appropriate communication objectives that can be implemented within ABA therapy.

Adult Community Services

Acorn Health’s O’Fallon team offers consulting to CILA homes in the State of Illinois operating under the Department of Human Services. Funding for behavioral services is covered under client’s award rate, allowing us to partner with agencies to deliver services, without the agency incurring any additional cost.

For more information on these services, please call (844) 244 -1818

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
(844) 244 -1818

    National resources

  • National Standards Project

    The National Standards Project – Phase 1 and Phase 2 – answers one of the most pressing public health questions of our time — how do we effectively treat individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)?

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  • The BHCOE

    We are an international accrediting body created to meet accreditation needs specific to the delivery of behavior analysis. We develop and measure voluntary consensus standards for autism and Applied Behavior Analysis service providers.

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  • The BACB

    The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® (BACB®) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation established in 1998 to meet professional credentialing needs identified by behavior analysts, governments, and consumers of behavior analysis services.

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  • ABAI

    Since 1974, the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) has been the primary membership organization for those interested in the philosophy, science, application, and teaching of behavior analysis. ABAI provides many services to its members and the field

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