Little Friends is a lifespan program serving children, adolescents and adults. In addition, Little Friends is multi-modal, offering center-based, school-based and community-based services so as to meet the individual needs of all who come to Little Friends for care.

Little Friends is a reliable and valuable community resource for individuals and families facing the challenges of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The Little Friends Autism Program provides a full spectrum of evidenced-based services. They have completed hundreds of evaluations using the gold-standard instruments in the field; the ADI and the ADOS. They also provide other diagnostic services for individuals with cognitive impairment and learning problems, as well as other co-morbid psychopathology. The team has the capacity to provide structured behavioral assessments. Then, based on these comprehensive assessments, the Little Friends team develops individualized treatment plans that include both services at Little Friends, schools, home and in the community. Among the treatment services are individual and group social skills training, speech and language therapy, and behavior therapy, including ABA.

With Little Friends extensive experience, they have also been able to develop special training programs for parents and professionals. More than a thousand individuals have benefitted from these services, allowing them to return to their communities and their homes to provide services and extend the reach of the Little Friends programs.

Bennett L. Leventhal, MD
Department of Psychiatry
Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute
University of California San Francisco