SOURCE: Pacific Child & Family Associates

Pacific Child & Family Associates

September 30, 2014 08:03 ET

Autism Continuum Therapies Opens to Serve Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia Areas

New Center Tied to National Pacific Child & Family Associates Network to Fulfill Growing Demand of Services for Families

FAIRFAX, VA--(Marketwired - Sep 30, 2014) - Pacific Child & Family Associates (PCFA), a provider of behavior analysis services for children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities, has announced the opening of their new facility, Autism Continuum Therapies (ACT), in Fairfax, VA. ACT is now able to help meet the growing need in the Washington D.C., Virginia and Maryland regions for in-home behavior analysis services for children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.

"There is a strong demand in the D.C. Metro area for quality autism treatment services, and in particular, for military families, including members with autism who face unique challenges due to deployment and the stresses placed on the family," said Mark Dorenfeld, CEO and President of ACT and PCFA. "With our decision to open ACT in Fairfax, VA, we are pleased to be able to offer military and non-military families the understanding and services they need."

ACT provides specialty treatments including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), using evidence-based techniques, to facilitate significant and sustainable improvement for individuals and families dealing with autism spectrum disorders. This process involves systematically applying interventions, based upon the principles of learning theory, to improve socially significant behavior to a meaningful degree. A distinguishing characteristic of ABA is the emphasis on the demonstration of the relationship between treatment interventions and socially significant behavioral change.

ACT has named Susan E. Tirella, M.Ed., BCBA, as Executive Director. Tirella received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master's Degree in Special Education from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA and has been working in the field of ABA since early 2000. 

"I am passionate about advocating for parent support and training, and developing meaningful, functional programming for individuals that lead to long-term success," Tirella said. "I'm very excited to be back in the D.C. area to help the growing community in need of our services."

ACT has already established an extensive patient base, which continues to grow. ACT is an in-network provider for most insurance companies. They will also assist in filing claims with any and all insurance companies not in-network. Their goal is to help all, while turning away none.

To learn more about Autism Continuum Therapies, including how to join and insurance-based questions, please call: (844) 808-7503 or visit

Pacific Child & Family Associates offers clinic based, in-home, and at-school services that include applied behavior analysis, parenting training and speech therapy for children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. They currently have offices throughout California, New Mexico, Minnesota, Texas, New York and D.C. and are actively expanding to other areas of the country. They offer services in 32 states. Pacific Child & Family Associates are committed to providing the highest quality, scientifically-based services built on a foundation of respect for its clients and its employees. To learn more, visit,, and

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    John France
    Executive Vice President of Pacific Child & Family Associates
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    (949) 355-3884