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Play.Connect.Grow, Aaron Deland

Social Skills Training
  • Location Address: 1227 Lincoln Blvd Ste 302 | Santa Monica, CA 90401
  • reviews Rating: 4.00 (8 reviews)
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About Play.Connect.Grow, Aaron Deland

Our goal is to provide you with the skills you can use to help your child develop his/her social communication, and in the process, deepen your relationship with them. The content in this site reflects over 18 years experience working all over the world with children on the autism spectrum. It is intended to bring this very simple and very effective form of therapy to every family who is interested and could benefit from it.


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Aaron began his career working with children as a classroom teacher for preschool and kindergarten ages. After leaving teaching he started working with children on the autism spectrum in 1999 and knew immediately that this was his calling. Although he began working in ABA, after a few years he realized that the behavioral approach wasn’t for him. That’s when
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1227 Lincoln Blvd Ste 302, CA, 90401

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I cannot say enough good things about Kim and Ms. Jennifer Both of them are so knowledgable caring and go above and beyond to help you meet your goals with speechmyofunctional therapy.My son and I absolutely adore Ms. Jennifer and I know for a fact that we would not have gotten as far as we did with a standard therapist in an office setting. We met at the park and our sessions were so FUN - my son is 4 and loved coming to see Ms. Jennifer which made the process easier on me to reinforce things at home. She met him exactly where hes at and was always found creative ways to help him do his exercises.Kim made herself available to me as needed and was so easy to talk to. She has a compassionate and kind approach and I love that I could relate to her as a mom. So grateful we found you all and would recommend to anyone

Karen Furey-Johnson
26 November 2023
google review

Love aaron. He has been working with my son for 3 years and my son has just blossomed with him. He cant wait to see him every week.

Jevin Rahim
26 October 2023
yelp review

Tatev Tiffany Darbinian is the worst speech therapist I have asked them several times to remove my sons name and my number from their call list and they...

Seth B.
09 January 2022
yelp review

Hello my name is Joseph Burton I met Tiffany Darbinian through the LAUSD for my kid. She told me about her speech therapy over zoom. She evaluates my...

Joseph B.
12 June 2021
google review

I have been a speech therapist for a couple of years and have had the opportunity to be trained by Aaron DeLand. He has taught me to look at play differently He has taught me to get out of my comfort zone and just have fun Therapy with Aaron doesnt look like your typical therapy session Every session I have observed has been fun and parents are given great tools to help their children grow

Jessica Hillard
26 May 2020
google review

Aaron understands ASD and other developmental delays like no other. His teachings and insights are so very valuable to anyone living or working within the special needs community. He offers practical straight forward approaches that benefit the family as a whole. I cant recommend him highly enough

Jo Cooney
26 May 2020
google review

My daughter diagnosed with Autism and I had a great time learning play-based techniques. If youre looking for something different than ABA that focuses on real connection check out Play Connect Grow

Julie “TOMOM”
26 May 2020
google review

Fun insightful techniques for learning and interaction.Genuine help where I needed it.

Suzy Burnett
26 May 2020

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