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Ascent Autism | Help Your Child Make Friendships

Our mission is to help individuals build strong, meaningful relationships with their peers by addressing and enhancing their social skills deficits.

Evidence-Based Peer Group Therapy

Ascent Autism provides social skills group therapy. We help individuals with autism develop their social skills and grow social and emotional bonds with peers. Our special program from UCSF and Stanford Medical School has helped over a thousand people build lasting social skills and make friends.

Ascent Autism’s program brings together groups of peers who are on the spectrum. They create a safe and comfortable space for them to practice social skills and build stronger emotional connections with each other  – and it works.

Where Science, Data, and Medicine Intersect

Ascent Autism uses the newest findings in science, data, and medicine to offer group therapy for people with autism. Our experienced leaders lead groups that use artificial intelligence to monitor each individual’s development in social skills and create customized plans for their care.

Our science team, led by Dr. Bennett Leventhal and Dr. Young Shin Kim, studies how well our Peer Group Therapy works and tracks the important progress our participants make. Dr. Leventhal is a Professor of Psychiatry with 50+ years of experience working with autism and neurodevelopmental disorders.

Dr. Young Shin Kim is a Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF and Director of the Center for Autism. She’s won awards for her scientific work and is an important part of our science team, which helps us use evidence-based methods in our innovative peer group therapy.

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