SANTA ANA, Calif. – The Centre for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders celebrated the grand opening of its brand new 21,000 square-foot facility in Santa Ana. The newly renovated space now offers a wide variety of treatment options for families, including ABA, social skills classes, psychology, psychiatry, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language therapy, and a wellness program all in one convenient location.
At the family fun event, more than 350 community members toured The Center, met the team, learned about the services offered and enjoyed the face painting, balloon making, art stations, yoga and goodies for kids of all ages. The Alice & Wonderland gang from The Adventure Effect, Herbie the Love Bug, the Chapman University Panther, CHOC’s Choco Bear and UC Irvine’s Peter the Anteater all made appearances throughout the day.
“We are excited to open the brand new Center for Autism for the community,” said Dr. Joseph Donnelly, medical director of The Center and UC Irvine and CHOC Children’s pediatric neurologist. “Not only has the facility nearly tripled in size, but it now allow us to see more patients and offer psychological, physical, occupational and speech therapy as well as nutrition consultations all under one roof.”
Established by the William & Nancy Thompson Family Foundation and the Children and Families Commission of Orange County, The Center for Autism is home to a team of experts in the field of autism and neurodevelopmental disorders. Since its establishment in 2001, The Center for Autism has transitioned from a clinic, which offered evaluation and diagnosis, to a full-service center that offers evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, family support and community education to children, adolescents and young adults from birth to age 22 years. With the expanded new facility, The Center is now able to grow and provide these new services on-site.
“Our goal is to give help and hope to children and families challenged by autism. If your family is touched by one of these disorders, we want you to know that we understand, we care, and we’re here to help,” said Donnelly.
For more information, please visit www.thecenter4autism.org.