ACES - Autism Comprehensive Educational Services - San Diego Academy

UPDATED: March 15, 2022

The last thing you want is for your child to miss out on life’s opportunities due to autism spectrum disorder, social communication disorders, and developmental delays. Fortunately, they don’t have to when they receive autism therapy services from ACES ABA San Diego Academy. As one of the leading providers of Applied Behavior Analysis in the area, our autism clinic is committed to helping children with autism develop new behaviors and skills so that they can become more impactful and productive at home, at school, and in their communities. There is a full spectrum of possibilities—ACES ABA San Diego Academy is here to help children and their families see them.

To better understand the unique needs, skills, and behaviors of your child, we start with a thorough evaluation and assessment. These are performed by Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA's) that use the latest and most effective methodologies to identify their strengths and weaknesses in language, behavioral, functional, and social skill development. Once the evaluation is complete, our team will develop a personalized program that fits their unique needs, working with you to identify and prioritize goals and define how to measure your child's progress toward each goal. 

We offer a wide range of services that are designed to help children reach the individualized goals in their treatment plans. We offer ABA programminggroup programmingoccupational therapyspeech therapy, and other programs and services that help children with autism master new skills. We also provide children and their families with 24-hour access to resources and support through ABA On-Demand. This online resource offers telehealth-based intervention, parent workshops, activities, and so much more. If you’re interested in autism therapy for your child, get started by filling out our self-guided form or call ACES ABA San Diego Academy.

ACES Academy Programs

Academic Instruction takes place in small group and 1:1 settings. The teachers at ACES Academy are skilled in selecting materials, curriculums, and instructional methods to meet each student’s individual academic needs.

Community Based Instruction takes place in naturally occurring settings in the Hillcrest neighborhood. Students learn pedestrian safety skills, mobility skills, how to make purchases at community businesses, grocery shopping skills, restaurant skills, leisure skills, social skills and more. Students in the high school or START Transition program may participate in our Recycling Program.

Vocational Training takes place both on-site and through our Community Based Instruction programs. Students can work in on-site simulated environments to learn skills for restaurant, office, and retail settings. ACES Academy also offers work experience in the community at a variety of sites. An emphasis is placed on learning vocational behavior skills necessary to work in all employment settings.

Independent Living Skills Training takes place on campus in our fully equipped kitchen and vocational classrooms. Students learn to prepare food, use appliances, do laundry, complete chores, dress themselves, and complete daily hygiene skills. We address these skills at naturally occurring times throughout the days, such as before or after PE or meal times, to make the experience more meaningful and functional for our students.

Curriculum Programs

ACES Academy utilizes numerous curriculum programs that may include, but are not limited to:

  • Direct Instruction (DI) programs published by Science Research Associates (SRA) including Corrective Reading, Reading Mastery, Horizons, Language for Learning, Connecting Math Concepts, Spelling through, and Reasoning in Writing.
  • Key Math
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • SEACO Curriculum
  • Stepping Out Curriculum (Community Based Instruction)
  • Touch Money
  • News 2 You

Instructional Methods

  • Direct Instruction
  • Structured Teaching (TEACCH)
  • Discrete Trial Training
  • Sensory Diets
  • Social Stories
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
  • Positive Behavior Support Plans
  • Socialization Techniques
  • The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) 

Aces Academy Non Public School (NPS)

ACES serves students with autism and other disabilities in grades 1 through 12, as well as students who are of transition age (18-22). Transition age students take part in our START program (Supporting Transitioning Adults through Resources and Training). Students are referred to our NPS by their home school district through the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team process.

The program at ACES Academy is individualized to meet each student’s unique needs and is based on his/her IEP. ACES Academy utilizes a combination of functional skills training and evidenced based methodologies.

Our Mission

ACES is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals and families impacted with autism or other special needs. We provide comprehensive, professional services to maximize individuals’ potential in the home, school and community, throughout their lifespan.

  • Campus Features
  • Classrooms
  • Computer Lab
  • Kitchen
  • Lockers
  • 1:1 Therapy Rooms
  • Exercise Room
  • Multi-purpose Rooms
  • Languages:
  • English
  • Insurances Accepted:
  • Call for Fee
  • Medicaid
  • Private Insurance


3715 6th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103
United States



(619) 278-0884


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