Referrals of Service Providers

The following service providers have been recommended by Chapter members.  The Greater Long Beach/ South Bay Chapter of the Autism Society of America has not examined the credentials of those listed below and is not responsible for the quality of service they may provide.


 Protection and Advocacy, (213) 427-8747 or  (800) 781-4546

TASK, 100  W. Cerritos Ave., Anaheim, CA 92805 (714) 533-8275 or (866) 828-8275

Animal Assisted Therapy

Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Darlene Harman, Anaheim Equestrian Center, Rancho del Rio Stables, 1370 S. Sanderson Ave., Anaheim, CA 92806 or     B& B Stables, 10730 Artesia Blvd., Cerritos, CA 90703, (714) 292-3563,

 U.S. K-9 (United States Canine Academy) – Trains K9′s for use in the treatment of people with disabilities, including autism and
seizure disorders.  Will provide speakers and demonstrations.  For more information call (866) 875-9364.  Also see Dog Wish Foundation.

Paws 4 Healing


Christopher  E. Angelo, 1721 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, (310) 939-0099
For important insurance information click here

Stan Arenberg, 11377 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064, (310) 914-7954  (Special Needs Trusts)

Bruce Bothwell, (562) 435-0818 (Special Ed and Regional Center cases)

Chris Poulos, (626) 960-9373 (Regional Center cases)

James Peterson of Lanning, Adams and Peterson Attorneys at Law, 11777 San Vincente Blvd., Suite 750, Los Angeles, CA 90049, (310) 820-1600

Dennis Watson, (714) 879-9805 (Special Needs Trusts)

Waters & Kraus, El Segundo (310) 414-8146 (Vaccine Injury)

Behavior Therapy

Autism Behavior Consultants, 2909 Oregon Court, Suite A-1, Torrance, CA 90503,  (310) 320-1333

Autism Interventions and Resources, Anahita Parsi Renner, MA, 23121 Verdugo Drive, Suite 204, Laguna Hills, CA 92653 (949) 457-9203

Ron Leaf, Ph.D., Autism Partnership, 200 Marina Drive, Seal Beach, CA 90740, (562) 431-9293

Autism Solutions for Kids, 2082 Business Center Drive Suite 255, Irvine, CA 92612, (949) 221-0126

Autism Spectrum Therapies, 6001 Bristol Parkway, Suite 200, Culver City, CA 90230, (310) 641-1100
Ronit Molko, Ph.D., BCBA
William D., Frea, Ph.D., BCBA

Lovaas Institute, 6167 Bristol Parkway, Ste. 130, Culver City, CA 90230, (310) 410-4450


Actors for Autism - Performing arts and digital film making facility that provides programs for individuals with disabilities ages six and up.

Camp Escapes run by Pediatric Therapy Network, (310) 328-0276

Camp Paivika run by Ability First, (626) 396-1010, Ext. 318

Harbor Regional Center - Summer Camp & Travel Information List

Danny’s Farm, 3064 Ridgeview Drive, Altadena, CA 91001, (626) 797-FARM

Kris’ Camp - Therapy intensive/respite camp sessions for children with special needs, (850) 386-2765

Pasadena Child Development Associates - A therapeutic program for children 3 – 12 years of age with special needs, (626) 793-7350

Certified Non-Public School
Elliott Institute - Certified Non-Public School and Clinic specializing in academic, language, and behavior intervention as well as treatment of children with special needs, 2506 Foothill Blvd.,La Crescenta, CA  91214, (818) 236-3603


Dr. Rochelle Neally, D.C., Chiropractor and Dan! Practitioner, 3645 E. 4th Street, Suite B, Long Beach, CA 90814, (562) 987-5507


Dr. Brown, 11635 South St., Artesia, CA, (562) 924-4401

Dr. Cortez, 3320 Los Coyotes Diagonal, Ste.200, Long Beach, CA. 90808, (562) 377-1375

Dr. Evangeline Shitaba, 23451 Madison St. Suite 170, Torrance, CA 90505, (310) 375-KIDS

Dr. David Taylor, 550 Deep Valley Drive # 345, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274, (310) 377-4551


Laura McClellan at ” Elle’s” 7648 Painter Unit C (corner of Walnut), Whittier, 90602, (562) 237-3070

Lucy’s Beauty Salon, 4330 Florence Avenue, Bell, Ca 90201, (323) 773-7749

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Dr. Rochelle Neally, D.C., Chiropractor and Dan! Practitioner, 3645 E. 4th Street, Suite B, Long Beach, CA 90814,
(562) 987-5507


Dr. Jeremy Kaslow, 720 N. Tustin Ave., Suite 206, Santa Ana, CA 92705, (714) 565-1032


Partnerships for Inclusion

Living Skills and Safety Products

I need help.® Autism Communication Bracelets.  Contact Sherri Goehring at 507-744-2027 or 952-270-3249 or

LucasWorksLauren Padgett, President, (310) 698-5352          

Music Therapy

Meghan Boswell, (626) 590-9291

Occupational Therapy

Big Fun Therapy and Recreational Services has 12 locations in Southern California.  They’re starting a martial arts program. Contact (877) 244-3868 for more information.

Gallagher Pediatric Therapy, 233 Orangefaire Mall Fullerton, CA 92832, (714) 870-6116

Pediatric Therapy Network, 1815 West 213th Street, Suite 100, Torrance, CA 90501, (310) 328-0276

Casa Colina, 255 E. Bonita Ave., Pomona, CA 91767, (909) 596-7733


Dr. Dinesh Ghiya, 15141 E. Whittier Blvd. Whittier, 90603  562 698-7761
Dr. Julia Lener, 15725 Whittier Blvd., Whittier 90603, (562) 947-9399

Pediatric Psychiatrists

Dr. Evelyn Johnson, (714) 556-2112.  She knows about the gluten/casein free diet.

Dr. Susan Schmidt-Lackner, Medical Director, Vista Del Mar Child & Family Services; Medical Director, UCLA NPI Early childhood Autism Program, (310) 825-0706

Dr. Tretiakova, 714 313-7249


Richard Koren, Victor-Stanley Photography
401 S. Harbor Blvd., La Habra, CA 90637, (562) 690-1077


Head Start
Programs located throughout Los Angeles County.  A minimum of 10% of all enrollment opportunities must be made available to children with disabilities.  They are particularly seeking to enroll children with significant disabilities.  To locate the appropriate program please call (877) pre k kid or (877) 773-5543.


Autism Spectrum Therapies, 6001 Bristol Parkway, Suite 200, Culver City, CA 90230, (310) 641-1100
Ronit Molko, Ph.D., BCBA
William D., Frea, Ph.D., BCBA

Monkarsh David, Ph.D., 310 Stewart Drive, Orange, CA 92868, (714) 771-1404

Dr. B.J. Freeman, (310) 440-8543

Una Hayes-Shepard, MSW, Progressive Resources, 9280 Santa Fe Springs Road, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670, (562) 665-1424.
(Children, adolescents and families)

Dr. Ann Lee, 375 Redondo Beach Avenue, Ste. 181, Long Beach, CA 90814, (562) 673-9655

Dr. Morman, 2801 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA (562) 424-4227

Nanette Meldrum, (310) 246-7854

 Nicky Palmer, LMFT, 7901 S. Painter Ave., Ste.3, Whittier 90602 and Manhattan Beach, (562) 298-0603 or   Uses Facilitated Communication.

Kyle D. Pontius, Ph. D., 23441 S. Pointe Dr. Ste.200, Laguna Hills, CA 92653, (949) 459-6781 or (Children, adolescents and families)

Rod Rhodes, Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, LCSW, 7901 S. Painter Ave. Ste.3, Whittier 90602 or
4137 E. 7th St., Long Beach, 90804, (562) 618-0451.  Uses Facilitated Communication.  (Children, adolescents and families)

Betina Shane, MFT, Pasadena Child Development Assoc., (626) 710-6869.  Bilingual Spanish (Children: Birth – 13 & families)

Melinda Welch, MFT, (818) 240-0243 or  Uses Facilitated Communication. (Children, adolescents and families)

Reading and Language Comprehension

Lindamood-Bell Palos Verdes Center 
550 Deep Valley Drive, Suite 291, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274, (310) 541-2977

Research Studies

Click Here for a List of Current Studies 

Respite Services

Cordova Consulting, Gloria and Joseph McNeil, 11344 Mitony Ave., Whittier, CA 90605, (562) 941-1931

Sensory Intervention

Handle Institute, 1300 Dexter Avenue North, 110 The Casey Family Building, Seattle, Washington  98109,
(206) 204-6000

Irlen Institute, 5380 Village Road, Long Beach, CA 90808, (562) 496-2550

Social Skills Training

Lifesteps (562) 437-2620

Progressive Resources, Una Shepard, Santa Fe Springs, (562) 665-1424

PVW - Anthesis Autism Services, 520 E. Foothill Blvd., Suite C, Pomona, CA 91767, (909) 624-3108

Speech Therapists

Peggy Bailey, 16410 E. Whittier Blvd., Whittier, (562) 902-9490

Lifespan Therapeutic Services, Marianne O’Brien Gordon, MACCC-SLP
2785 Pacific Coast Highway, Ste. G, Torrance, CA 90505, (310) 997-1970 X214
(also Social Skills Training)

Whittier Speech and Language Center, 6516 Bright Ave., Whittier, CA 90601. Linda McClain, M.A. CCC-SP.  She holds a Nonpublic Agency Certification.

Sports and Recreation

Big Fun Therapy and Recreational Services has 12 locations in Southern California.  They’re starting a martial arts program. Contact (877) 244-3868 for more information.

Casa Colina, 255 E. Bonita, Pomona, CA 91767, (909) 596-7733

Challenger Little League in the Whittier area
contact Lisa Pitones (562) 693-3367 or Stan Foss (562) 696-2897

Danny’s Farm, 3064 Ridgeview Drive, Altadena, CA 91001, (626) 797-FARM

My Gym Children’s Fitness Center, 6226 E. Pacific Coast Hwy. Long Beach, CA 90803, (562) 986-0066

Support Groups (For our Chapter’s support groups see Chapter Meetings)

Asperger Society Mentors Program is a support group targeted for building skills for adults on the spectrum (and spectrum-friendly adults) to serve as mentors for ASD kids.  Meetings are typically the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at 6:30 p.m. at 50 Cedar Tree Lane in Irvine.  Contact Jonathan Mayshar at (949) 544-5732 or for schedule confirmation and more information.

Asperger Syndrome Parent Support Group, Community Room, The Julia Ann Singer Center at Vista del Mar, 3200 Motor Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90034.  Meets 2nd Wednesday of the month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Contact Fran Goldfarb or Jim Devine at         (310) 543-5064, or

Family Support and Social Groups, Memorial Room, St. Peter Lutheran Church, 1510 N. Parton St., Santa Ana, CA 92706.  Meetings are on the second Saturday of the month from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  Fun childcare will be provided.  Please call Dawn Booth at (714) 542-6781 for more information.

Chinese Parents Association for the Disabled (CPAD), P.O. Box 2884, San Gabriel, CA 91778-2884, (626) 307-3837

Grandparent Autism Network holds monthly meetings with speakers at 1100 Irvine Blvd., #202, Tustin, CA 92780.  Contact (714) 573-1500 or for more information.  They provide information, advocacy, and social events for grandparents and grandchildren.

Harbor Regional Center South Bay Autism Support Group meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Harbor Regional Center, Torrance.  Please contact group facilitator, Arwen Davis, at (310) 792-4508 for more information.

Harbor Regional Center Sibling Club is for children ages 6 through 16 who are siblings of HRC clients.  The Sibling Club is intended to give brothers and sisters of clients opportunities to meet with other siblings and obtain peer support and education in a recreational setting.  Contact the Resource Center at (310) 543-0691 for more information.

The H.E.L.P. Group  has an ASD Parent Support Network for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders.
Three free monthly parent support groups are held at The Help Group’s campuses in Sherman Oaks and Culver City.  For more information about The Help Group’s new parent support groups, please contact Dr. Gargi Dasgupta at (818) 779-5201.

Southern Orange County Autism Support Group, 30261 La Fleur, Laguna Nigel.  Call (949) 249-9277 for more information.

Supported Living Services/Life Skills Development/Supported Employment

Lifesteps (562) 437-2620

PVW - Anthesis Autism Services, 520 E. Foothill Blvd., Suite C, Pomona, CA 91767, (909) 624-3108

Technology Centers

Casa Colina, 255 E. Bonita, Pomona, CA 91767 (909) 596-7733

TASK, 100  W. Cerritos Ave., Anaheim, CA 92805 (714) 533-8275 or (866) 828-8275


Dalia M Ralston, reading tutor, Seal Beach 562-431-1069 or 562-761-5907