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Diagnostic & Therapy Clinic

At the heart of Anova's philosophy is our belief that every child has a right to participate and engage within society to the fullest extent possible. This philosophy, combined with a community in need, led to the creation of Anova Diagnostic and Therapy Services. At Anova, we recruit, train and retain the best and brightest professionals to design and implement not only outstanding educational curricula, but also innovative therapeutic programs using state-of-the-art technology and service delivery models.

Anova's Diagnostic and Therapy Clinic is a comprehensive community resource where therapists handle a variety of tasks, including program design, one-on-one intervention, attendance at IEP meetings, and consultations with staff to ensure students are fully supported and progressing. Our therapists work together and challenge one another to help students achieve their full potential by removing barriers to success.

Occupational Therapy
Our Occupational Therapy Services include complete assessments and follow-up intervention services to assist students with a variety of gross/fine motor and sensory integration difficulties. Anova's Occupational Therapists work to normalize students' reactions to typical sensory input, and help them become better aware of their bodies in space and learn how to manage them appropriately. Handwriting problems and other fine motor skill deficits are also a major emphasis of treatment.

Speech and Language Services
Anova Speech and Language Services include thorough assessments measuring baseline language abilities, the design of highly individualized treatment programs, skillful and effective treatment, and stringent follow-up to effectively gauge progress. In addition to the provision of traditional Speech and Language Therapy Services, Anova is a pioneer in the development of Social Cognition Therapy, which is designed to teach Theory of Mind concepts to individuals with perspective-taking deficits.

Social Cognition Therapy
Witnessing a void within the community, Anova expanded services to provide a number of social cognition classes for children and teens on the autism spectrum. The ACE School utilizes "Social Cognition Therapy" in assisting students to understand the internal world of others. Complex and nuanced social issues are broken down and made more concrete to increase student comprehension for use in their daily lives. A specific vocabulary is used throughout the day to reinforce or correct various social behaviors. Real-time interventions are used to allow students to see immediate effects of their social behaviors on others. Individual and group treatment is delivered in the classroom, clinic, and across the school milieu to promote positive skill retention and generalization.  

The Anova Diagnostic and Therapy Clinic is located in Santa Rosa, CA, and provides clinic based services to a wide variety of students at the Anova Center for Education and members of the community. Additionally, Anova is certified by the California Department of Education to provide Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Services to special education students in public or private schools.


For more information about Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, or Anova Diagnostic and Therapy Services, please contact Heidi Adler, ACE School and Clinic Director, at (707) 527-7032 or hadler[at]anovaeducation[dot]org.

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