Autism Center for Excellence (ACE)



    UCP Autism Center for Excellence (ACE) is a structured after-school program designed to meet the special needs of children with autism

    About ACE:
    The ACE after-school program uses ABA to teach social skills to children with autism, while helping them build a foundation for friendships.

    California State University of Sacramento (Sac State)

    Learn More:
    Call Carrie Strong at: (916) 548-2562

    Instruction at the Autism Center for Excellence (ACE) After-School Program

    With a 1 to 3 staff to child ratio, children receive personalized instruction in a setting that teaches them how to interact and build friendships while being involved in their community. During the ACE program, instructors help children to:

    • Practice their social and communication skills
    • Learn how to relate with people in their lives
    • Build friendships and social support networks
    • Develop motor skills, balance and agility

    Lessons are modified for different levels of understanding, and parents are instructed on techniques they can use at home.

    Paraprofessionals and student interns, under the guidance of the Clinical Director and the Clinical Supervisors, provide instruction to children, aged 8-12, diagnosed with autism, during large and small group activity sessions.

    Know someone who could benefit by UCP’s ACE Program?

    Here are the steps to become a UCP client.

    Parents with private health insurance:

    • Receive a diagnosis of autism by a medical doctor
    • Contact your health insurance company to follow their requirements and steps for enrolling in ACE.

    Parents using Medicare:

    Find out if your child is a good fit for ACE.

    Fill out this phone assessment form

    Autism Center for Excellence (ACE) Spells Success!

    The smiles of our clients and their willingness to participate in a variety of large and small group activities, combined with the positive feedback UCP receives from their parents, tell us everything we need to know… this program is working! Read more success stories

    To learn more about UCP’s Autism Center for Excellence (ACE) at Sacramento State, contact Carrie Strong at: (916) 548-2562.

    Using ABA to teach social skills to children with autism, ages 8 – 12, while helping them build a foundation for friendships. Download the Autism Center for Excellence brochure here.

    Meet our ACE Team

    Carrie Strong, M.A., BCBA
    Clinical DirectorCarrie

    Carrie is the Clinical Director at the UCP Autism Center for Excellence at Sacramento State University. She holds a Master’s degree in Behavior Analysis from the University of Nevada, Reno and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has worked in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA), providing treatment to children and young adults with autism spectrum disorders for 12 years. She has provided clinical supervision of ABA treatment within social skills programs, in-home and center based programs, schools, and the community. In addition, she worked in the City of Reno’s Parks, Recreation, and Community Services department where she developed behavior intervention plans and facilitated inclusion for children with disabilities into after-school and summer recreation programs.  


    Dr. Becky Penrod, Ph.D., BCBA-D

    Dr. Penrod is a Professor of Psychology at Sacramento State University and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.  She has worked in the field of behavior analysis since 2001 and has a range of clinical experiences working with both children and adults with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities.  Dr. Penrod directs the Pediatric Behavior Research Laboratory at Sacramento State, supervising graduate students  who are conducting clinical research in assessment and treatment of pediatric feeding problems and behavior disorders as well as providing parent training and support. She has published work in peer-reviewed journals including The Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Behavioral Interventions, Behavior Modification, and Behavior Analysis in Practice. 




    UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series

    This lecture series features world-renowed experts, who are the the forefront of research on autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Their presentations will address the latest approaches to understanding and treating these complex conditions.

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