Address: 1043 Ave M-4, Suite C
| Palmdale, CA
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About TOTAL Programs - Palmdale
At TOTAL Programs, we help individuals with Autism or other developmental disabilities and their families build stronger, more positive relationships, whether they are at home, at school or elsewhere in the community. We use Applied Behavior Analysis to create our programs, which are customized to meet each client’s special needs, from infancy to adulthood. We are based in Sierra Madre, CA., and serve regional centers and schools across Southern California.
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This provider is accredited by the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE)
Dr. Sean Surfas is the founder of TOTAL Programs, a provider of education and training to individuals with Autism and development disabilities. He is a School Psychologist, Licensed Educational Psychologist, and Certified Behavioral Analyst. Prior to launching his own company, Dr. Surfas was employed by the Los Angeles County Office of Education’s Division o
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1043 Ave M-4, Suite C,CA,93551
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Frequently Asked Questions
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a therapy rooted in the science of learning and behavior. Using principles of ABA, children and adults can learn to improve their communication skills, social skills, and daily living skills while also addressing problematic or challenging behaviors. The primary goal of ABA therapy is to teach helpful skills that promote independence and reduce harmful behaviors. Here's our complete guide to everything you need to know about ABA therapy.
It's a big decision to make for your family! Applied behavior analysis (ABA) seeks to improve communication skills, introduce productive habits, and reduce harmful behaviors. Watch out for ABA providers who look to "cure" autism.
High quality ABA therapy does exist where the goal is not to “fix” children, make them appear “less autistic”, or change who they are. The goal is to help people learn all that they can so they can live to their potential while embracing their unique, individual personality traits. Here's our complete guide to start and end ABA therapy.
ABA is usually covered by insurance if you have an autism diagnosis. Autism is typically the only diagnosis insurance will authorize for ABA services since its benefits have been researched extensively.
Always check with your specific insurance plan to confirm that ABA is covered for your child’s diagnoses and that the provider you are seeking care at is in-network. Here's our complete guide to everything you need to know about ABA therapy.
If your child does not qualify, you can ask your school to evaluate your child for a 504 plan. This article provides more information about the differences between IEPs and 504s.
This happens. The results of the school’s evaluation may be different than your child’s medical diagnosis. It’s also important to remember that school is NOT the final say on your child’s potential. They may offer very little support to your child, underestimate their abilities, or disagree with you on what support your child needs. You will probably need to advocate for the services and support you believe your child needs.
Here are a few things you will want to discuss with a potential respite worker: (Keep in mind that the most important step is to observe how the respite worker interacts with your child and your family.)
Do they have work experience with children with autism?
How will the respite worker support your child in a group setting?