Who Can Help?
*We are not responsible for the services provided by those listed on this resource list. These sites are listed for informational purposes only. The client is responsible for choosing the services that are most applicable to their needs.
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
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.
- Robert A. Friedman, M.D. (Only sees kids)
Psy Care Inc.
4550 Kearny Villa Rd, Ste 116
San Diego, CA 92123
- Michael Kornberg, M.D.
(858) 279 – 1223 ext. 419
Michael Kornberg, M.D. is a graduate of The George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. Dr. Kornberg completed his internship and residency in General Psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Montefiore in Bronx, New York. Dr. Kornberg completed his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship training at UC San Diego Medical Center. Dr. Kornberg is diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. For more info, click here.
- Dr. Tata or Dr. McManus (also with PsyCare) (619) 692-1581
Rady Children’s Hospital: Autism specific services at Rady’s include:
- Doris Trauner, MD 858-966-5819 (Neurologist)
- Nancy Markel, PhD 858-452-9940 (Neurpsychologist)
- Mark Lewkowicz, PhD 619-297-0130 (Neuropsychologist)
- Autism Discovery Institute
3020 Children’s Way, MC 5042
San Diego, CA 92123
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
www.comprehensiveautismcenter.com; Contact: Andrea Macken, M.A., B.C.B.A. (951) 813-4034 ext 102 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
- Applied Interventions & Methodologies (AIM)
6540 Lusk Blvd., Suite C256, San Diego, CA 92121
- Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in San Diego & Orange County
- Behavioral, Educational, Psychological Services
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
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
- job training
- adult services
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.
- Asperger’s & High Functioning Autism Parent Support Groups (North & East County) www.sd-autism.org 858.715.0678
- National Foundation for Autism Research (NFAR) has a Free Mom’s and Dad’s group that each meet once a month
- Pioneer Day School www.pioneerdayschool.org
- Winston School www.thewinstonschool.com
- Autism Discovery Institute www.rchsd.org/ourcare/programsservices/a-b/
- The Institute for Effective Education www.tiee.org
- Amy Siegel (Educational Consultant) 619-208-9249
- Victoria Vazquez Ikerd-Shreiter Special Education Advocacy http://www.ikerdschreiter.com/
- Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK) www.taskca.org
- Exceptional Family resource Center www.efrconline.or
- Family Wellness Center www.centerforchildren.org/family-wellness-center 858-634-8300
- Club Xcite Steps www.exciteway.com
Nicole A. Gilbert
Financial Advisor & Special Care Planner
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.
• K. Stewart, Helping a Child with Nonverbal Learning Disorder or Asperger’s Syndrome: A Parent’s Guide, (2002) New
Harbinger Publications, www.newharbinger.com
• 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., www.FutureHorizons-autism.com.
• Stephen Shore, Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, (1961) Autism Asperger
Publishing Co., www.asperger.net
• 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.
Autism, (2004) Autism Asgerger Publishing Co., www.asperger.net
• 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. www.amazon.com
• Stephen M. Shore (editor), Ask and Tell: Self-Advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum, (2004) Autism
Asperger Publishing Co., www.asperger.net
• Jeanette McAfee, Navingating the Social World: A Curriculum for Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome, High Functioning
Autism and Related Disorders, (2002) Future Horizons, Inc., www.futurehorizons-autism.com
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, www.randomhouse.com/BB/
• 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.
• Biological Basis of Autism by William Shaw, Ph.D., available from Great Plains Laboratory (913) 341-8949,
Solutions for Making Sense of the World, (2000) Autism Asperger Publishing Co., www.asperger.net
• 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., www.asperger.net
• 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