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Family, Adult & Child Therapies

The roots of FACT are firmly planted in facilitating better mental health for both the child and the family.

FACT dates back to the 1980’s and a group of parents whose children, diagnosed with Autism, were participating in programs operated at the Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCLA. The supervisor of those programs at the University is today FACT‘s Executive Director, Linda Andron-Ostrow.

In 1999, because of an ongoing lack of information, and the difficulty of finding ways to treat and live with ASD, FACT was formed by a group of parents so that families of children with autism could support one another, and their kids could “freely be who they are”.

In essence, parents needed to build a community to deal with the challenges and pressures of bringing up children with autism, aspergers, and other pervasive developmental disabilities.

Over the past ten years FACT families have watched their children grow, graduate high schools and colleges, serve on juries, hold jobs, and get married – in essence realize a simple dream, “being all a family can be”.

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Autism Spectrum Therapies

While AST is committed to providing families with community, resources and information, the most important way we serve families is through our quality services and individualized programs.

We understand that receiving an autism diagnosis is a pivotal moment in the life of your family.  Confusion and worry for the future can quickly become overwhelming.  We want to reassure you that it is not the label that defines who a person is.  An autism diagnosis can be the key to gaining access to services that can make a tremendous shift in the course of your loved one’s development.  There is so much promise for what can be gained and achieved.

In this section you will learn more about what options are available.  We encourage you to call our team with any questions you may have or to discuss what program is right for your child.

We promise to be a trusted source of quality services, information and support.

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Beautiful Minds Center for Autism

Beautiful Minds Center for Autism is built on a foundation of hope and commitment to helping children and families affected by Autism and other related development disorders. Our staff is comprised of dedicated professionals that are passionate about helping families understand the complexities of the disorders so their children can reach their fullest potential.

Our mission is to promote growth, learning and progress through specialized programs that are tailored to each child’s specific needs. At Beautiful Minds, we share a common goal to provide families with beneficial services and personalized interventions that integrate proven scientific therapies in order to reduce maladaptive behaviors and improve appropriate behaviors, communication skills, social skills and coping mechanisms.

We believe that in order for children with Autism to achieve their maximum potential for independent living and emotional well being in the home, school and community, their parents and families must serve as integral parts of the treatment process.

In order to foster the development of your child and create a better quality of life for everyone involved, Beautiful Minds implements a unique and progressive program that incorporates innovative behavioral and teaching techniques in a nurturing environment.

We have developed an intensive behavioral program available 7 days a week that focuses on increasing positive and adaptive behaviors through scientifically based therapeutic techniques. Each child will work with a team of therapists that employ a combination of techniques to facilitate growth and learning.

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Roxanne Benjamin

Roxanne Benjamin, MA, OTR/L is a pediatric Occupational Therapist practicing in the West Los Angeles area. As a therapist and a new mom to her own daughter, she understands the challenges that come with the joys of parenting, and the importance of having the right support and guidance through it all. Roxanne received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California, and has a great passion for working with children with special needs. She has experience working with children with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, and other genetic conditions. Roxanne’s primary focus is in the areas of Sensory Integration, Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT), feeding, and handwriting. She has worked with children from the ages of 9 months to 9 years old. Roxanne has worked at several pediatric clinics in the Greater Los Angeles area, and currently works at a clinic in Santa Monica. She additionally has her own private practice working with children in their home and community settings.