About ACES, CLASS and Our Programs
ACES provides ABA and ancillary services to individuals and families impacted with autism or other special needs throughout their lifespan. Kristin Farmer, ACES’ Founder and CEO, is a regarded expert in the autism field, and has – until the acquisition of CLASS – grown ACES 100% organically since its founding in 1996. ACES has continued to experience significant momentum in its business over the past year since announcing a strategic investment from General Atlantic, a leading global growth equity firm. The Company has also launched telehealth services and expanded the number of market areas served across its current footprint. ACES’ acquisition of CLASS represents another milestone in the Company’s thoughtful growth into a nationwide provider known for the highest-quality outcomes.
Kristin Farmer, Founder and CEO of ACES, said, “ACES is proud of our longstanding commitment to the autism community, particularly in the area of behavioral artistry. As an Oklahoman, I am so proud to return to my roots and partner with Matt and the entire CLASS team to support their goals of expanding access to quality care to as many individuals and families impacted by autism in Oklahoma as possible. With shared missions and aligned cultures, we feel confident that ACES and CLASS will together continue to elevate the standards in autism treatment.”
Matt Williams, Founder of CLASS, said, “I am thrilled for CLASS to join the ACES team and to take a huge leap forward in serving the needs of our clients, families and teams. ACES was the perfect clinical and cultural partner for CLASS, and I’m looking forward to our collective future as we expand and serve more people.”
ACES’ highly tenured, clinically-led senior management team utilizes a comprehensive suite of therapeutic methodologies to provide ABA therapy in home, school and clinic-based settings, with a long track record of outcomes. Due to its large base of high-quality clinical providers, the Company has also established an expansive referral network and strong payor relationships in six states across the United States. CLASS also utilizes ABA therapy, working with individuals across various settings to improve quality of life. With highly aligned models, ACES plans to fully integrate CLASS into its existing network.
Has your child recently received a diagnosis of autism? We want to partner with you to give them every chance to be successful in their home, school, and community. At CLASS, we use the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to understand and bring about meaningful behavior change. ABA is a scientific and evidence based approach to creating a treatment that is tailor made for each child that we serve. Research has shown that ABA is an effective methodology to treating individuals with autism, and the Center for Disease Control writes that “ABA has become widely accepted among health care professionals and used in many schools and treatment clinics”. During your child’s assessment you and your child's therapist will identify areas that can be improved that will create meaningful change, including discovering the cause of, and target the reduction of any behavioral concerns that may exist. Because CLASS was started in Oklahoma, we collaborate with your child's pediatrician and other healthcare professionals who specialize in the treatment of ASD. Call today and ask us how we can help your child and you can be confidant that we will be with you every step of the way.
CLASS supports our families wherever they need it, including at school. CLASS works with preschool children to prepare them for participation in more inclusive classrooms. We have a "mock" classroom where we teach skills like working in a group, waiting for a turn, and working independently. Its just one way we support our clients in the ways they most need.
CLASS is proud to partner with our Oklahoma schools to provide consultation for classrooms or individual students. School staff training, FBA's, BIP's, and IEP's are just a few areas we can support the wonderful teachers in our state.
Applied Behavior Analysis
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a therapy based on the science of learning and behavior. It helps to understand why people do things. ABA therapy applies our understanding of how behavior works to real situations. The goal is to increase behaviors that are helpful and decrease behaviors that are harmful or affect learning.
At CLASS, we believe that caregivers are an essential piece to a child’s therapy, and we equip them though training and education to be their child’s most effective advocate and ally. ABA therapy is about teaching goals that are meaningful and of real benefit to your child with autism, and your therapist will work with you to find what will have the biggest impact on their health and happiness.
Many children with ASD and related diagnoses struggle to form relationships with others, so social skills are an important part of our treatment. We teach our clients how to have conversations, report bullying, and how to play and be a kid!
Adaptive Living Skills
There is a lot to growing up! The team at CLASS Oklahoma is dedicated to supporting children in the most impactful way possible. Common skills include toilet training, independent living, and teaching what it takes to someday have a meaningful job.