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San Diego, CA Aspergers Resource List

Family Wellness Center (a department of San Diego Center for Children)
7339 El Cajon Blvd, Suite J
La Mesa, CA 91942

Family Wellness Center Provides:

  • Therapy (for individual, couples, families, parents, siblings; ages 4-adulthood of all levels of speaking ability)
  • Social Skills Groups (ages 8-12 or middle/high school)
  • Play-based Social Skills Group (ages -7
  • Behavioral consultations (in home, community or clinic for individuals ages 4 and up)
  • Skills Training (Applied Behavior Analysis, Social Thinking, Executive Functioning, Life Skills for all ages in home, clinic or community)
  • ABA-based Recreation programs (soccer, hiking and recess readiness for ages 4-10 offered in La Mesa)
  • School consultations (observation, recommendations, training/supervising staff, inservices)
  • Parent Support Groups
  • Adults with Asperger-like Thinking Therapy Group
  • Psychiatry
  • Assessment

San Diego Center for Children is a 501c3 non-profit. Family Wellness Center’s Autism Programs are designed to meet the unique needs of individuals with ASD and their families, taking an approach that combines mental health and behavioral methodology.

All Autism Service providers at Family Wellness are supervised by Courtney Olinger, PsyD (LMFT #49051)

Dr. Olinger has nearly 16 years experience working with individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, including Asperger’s. She has worked in homes, schools, and communities with various applied behavior analysis (ABA) and psycho-therapy/family therapy forms of treatment. Dr. Olinger’s major emphasis is on social skill and development of social thinking, which is crucial for dealing with increased demands of life that come about as a child gets older. She works with all ages, incorporates all family members whenever possible, and is always mindful of the individual and family’s culture, desires, and needs. Treatment is always individualized.


Rady Children’s Hospital: Autism specific services at Rady’s include:

Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Providers: this is by no means an exhaustive list but rather some providers that do ABA with kids with Aspergers

  • Comprehensive Autism Center (CAC)
    Comprehensive Autism Center (CAC) Serving San Diego & Riverside Counties

    Phone: (951) 813-4034 Fax: (951) 813-4035; Contact: Andrea Macken, M.A., B.C.B.A. (951) 813-4034 ext 102

CAC Provides:

  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in San Diego and Temecula
  • ABA Clinic located in Oceanside and Central San Diego

Comprehensive Autism Center provides services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Asperger’s syndrome, or other related disabilities in San Diego and Riverside Counties.Comprehensive Autism Center offers highly innovative services that are able to address the needs of children with High Functioning Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome by providing specialized programs in the areas of Theory of Mind, Socialization, and Executive Functioning.

AIM Provides:

  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in San Diego & Orange County
  • Behavioral, Educational, Psychological Services

San Diego Service Contact Person: Dr. Brandy Macy (858-492-8069 &
Orange County Service Contact Person: Jennie Myhra, BCBA (858-492-8524 &

A psychological agency that provides behavioral, educational & psychological services to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Asperger’s and other Developmental Disabilities. AIM provides individualized services to our clients with High Functioning Autism (HFA) and Asperger’s. We take into account our clients’ individual needs socially and in their ability to independently function within our society.

Other Services for Aspergers

N. Jennifer Oke, PhD
8950 Villa La Jolla Dr., Suite B111
La Jolla, CA 92037

Dr. Oke Provides:

  • assessment for children
  • family support
  • cognitive therapy

Employment & Community Options (ECO)
1922 The Alameda, Suite 210
San Jose, CA 95126
Phone: (408) 423-9484
Fax: (408) 423-9607

ECO Provides:

  • job training
  • adult services

Advanced Neurobehavioral Health

San Diego Office
15644 Pomerado Road, Suite 305
Poway, CA 92064
Phone: 858.693.3113
Fax: 858.312.8460

At Advanced Neurobehavioral Health of Southern California, we provide comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults with Asperger’s Disorder and other developmental, learning, and medical problems. Our group of neuropsychologists have extensive experience working with individuals with a broad range of autism spectrum disorders and we utilize specialized testing procedures to identify and describe the unique profile of cognitive, academic, emotional and social strengths and weaknesses of individuals with Asperger’s Disorder. This information allows us to better facilitate patient care and rehabilitation through provision of comprehensive recommendations for intervention and treatment.

 Parent Support & Information

On-line Support & Information


Family, Couples, Individual Psycho-Therapy

IEP/Educational Support


Self Advocacy


Financial Planning

Nicole A. Gilbert
Financial Advisor & Special Care Planner

4275 Executive Square, Suite 400
La Jolla, CA 92037
Cell: (310) 429-0811
Office: (858) 202-2330
Fax: (858) 558-7001

Books & Movies of interest

Look Me in the Eye by John Elder Robison (see his blog here)

This book tracks the author’s really interesting life experiences. It is a great read if you are looking for something that does not overwhelm you with Asperger’s talk or medical speak. One of the most interesting aspects of the story is how the author tracks his thought process in a way that really brings to light the ways that people with Asperger’s make sense of the world and all it’s social intricacies.

House Rules by Jodi Picoult (author’s page here)

A fiction novel based on Aspergers! The author sure did her research and gives great whole family perspectives by writing each chapter from a different person’s perspective. It’s  an interesting read and a great way and has been enlightenting for different family members who can identify with the parent, sibling, or young man with Asperger’s.

Adam (the movie) learn more here

This heartfelt story portrays a young man who finds love in an unsuspected way. It portrays some of parent’s biggest fears, what happens when I am gone? as Adam has to learn to live on his own, find a job, and deal with the pressures of a relationship. Adam is portrayed as having severe social anxiety and although I know that not all people living with Asperger’s show such great distress, I am happy to see the portrayal of the intensity of anxiety… it leads me to constantly consider that this intensity of stress and anxiety can be how many people with Asperger’s experience it on the inside even if the outside doesn’t show it.

Where can I read more about Aspergers and related topics?:
About Asperger’s Syndrome:
• Tony Attwood, Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals, (1998) Jessica Kingsley Publishers,
• K. Stewart, Helping a Child with Nonverbal Learning Disorder or Asperger’s Syndrome: A Parent’s Guide, (2002) New
Harbinger Publications,
Living with Asperger’s Syndrome
• L. Holliday Willey, Pretending to be Normal, (1999) Jessica Kingsley Publishers,
• Jerry Newport, Your Life is Not a Label: A Guide to Living Fully with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome for Parents,
Professionals, and You!, Future Horizons, Inc.,
• Stephen Shore, Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, (1961) Autism Asperger
Publishing Co.,
• Temple Grandin, Thinking In Pictures: and Other Reports from My Life with Autism, (1996) Vintage Books.
• Jean Kearns Miller, editor, Women from Another Planet: Our Lives in the Universe of Autism,(2003) 1stBooks Library.
Work & Asperger’s Syndrome:
• Temple Grandin & Kate Duffy, Developing Talents: Careers for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning
Autism, (2004) Autism Asgerger Publishing Co.,
• How to Find Work That Works for People with Asperger Syndrome: The Ultimate Guide for Getting People With Asperger
Syndrome into the Workplace (and Keeping Them There!) by Gail Hawkins.
• Stephen M. Shore (editor), Ask and Tell: Self-Advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum, (2004) Autism
Asperger Publishing Co.,
Relationships & Asperger’s Syndrome:
• J. Newport and M. Newport, Autism-Asperger’s & Sexuality, (2002) Future Horizons,
• Jeanette McAfee, Navingating the Social World: A Curriculum for Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome, High Functioning
Autism and Related Disorders, (2002) Future Horizons, Inc.,
Living in a Neurotypical world with Asperger’s
• Teresa Bolick, Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence: Helping Preteens and Teens Get Ready for the Real World, (2001) Fair
Winds Press, Gloucester, MA
• J. Dimitrius and M. Mazzarella, Reading People: How to Understand People and Predict Their Behavior—Anytime,
Anyplace, (1999) Ballantine Publishing Group,
• Brenda Smith Myles, Melissa L. Trautman, Ronda L. Schelvan, The Hidden Curriculum: Practical Solutions for
Understanding Unstated Rules in Social Situaitons, Autism Asperger Publishing Company (2004).
• Rebekah Heinrichs, Perfect Targets: Asperger Syndrome and Bullying, (2003) Autism Asperger Publishing Co.
The Biochemistry of Autism:
• Children with Starving Brains, by Jacquelyn McCandless, M.D.
• Biological Basis of Autism by William Shaw, Ph.D., available from Great Plains Laboratory (913) 341-8949,
Sensory Issues in Autism/Asperger’s:
• B. Smith Myles, K. Tapscott Cook, N. E. Miller, L. Rinner, L. A. Robbins, Asperger Syndrome and Sensory Issues: Practical
Solutions for Making Sense of the World, (2000) Autism Asperger Publishing Co.,
• J. L. Savner, and B. Smith Myles, Making Visual Supports Work in the Home and Community: Startegies for Individuals with
Autism and Asperger Syndrome, (2000) Autism Asperger Publishing Co.,
• H. Irlen, Reading by the Colors: Overcoming Dyslexia and Other Reading Disabilities Through the Irlen Method, (1991)
Avery Publishing Group, Inc., Garden City Park, NY.
• G. Berard, Hearing Equals Behavior, (1993) Keats Publishing Inc., New Canaan, Connecticut
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