In Home/Outpatient Therapeutic Services:

Our services are child and family centered utilizing a team approach focusing on strategies for improving and strengthening behaviors. We strive to help our clients identify areas of their lives that they would like to improve and achieve their personal goals.

In Home Services

In home services can be initiated by contacting Performcare at 877-652-7624 and requesting a Biopsychosocial Needs Assessment. You can request ACES perform this service. After the initial assessment, a level of care is determined. If in home therapy is recommended the youth and family will be referred to their county Care Management Organization (CMO) who will assign a case manager and secure an IIC (Intensive In-Community therapist, LCSW, LSW, LPC or LAC). Our therapists believe in the Wrap Around Services model. Many are also trained in the Nurtured Heart Approach. Services are meant to be short term and require a new authorization for continued services. Initial authorizations are usually for eight to twelve two hour sessions. You can request to have ACES perform these services.

Intensive In-Community Services

Intensive In-Community Services are provided by NJ licensed clinicians and are designed to assist children and families with mental health and behavioral health challenges, these services may include caregivers and other family members. Intensive In Community Services are short term, flexible and are provided in the home or community in accordance with an individual Plan of Care identifying both strengths and needs.

Strength and Needs Assessments

Strength and Needs Assessments (Authorized through PerformCare) a comprehensive assessment describing a youth and family's circumstance that provides recommendations for paths to success including supports and services available within ones community. Outpatient Mental Health Services: Services are available to children, adult and families. We offer a range of services including therapies for Adults–Adolescents–Children–Families–Groups.

Behavioral Assistance Services

are concrete, outcome-oriented interventions provided in accordance with a plan of care. Services are designed to help children and adolescents learn adaptive coping strategies and improve self-esteem, interpersonal relationships, communication skills, and anger management. The service is provided under the supervision of a licensed practitioner.

Outpatient Counseling Services

ACES provides high quality out-patient mental health and behavioral services; we offer intensive in community and outpatient services for children, adolescents, adults, couples and their families. Services are individually developed to meet the unique needs of each situation. . Many of our clinicians are experienced in school based and special education needs. Our services include a comprehensive assessment, and impactful treatment goals. Therapy is solution focused, utilizing a strength-based approach.

Neurological Evaluations are provided in Florham Park, NJ

Court evaluations are provided by a licensed clinician.

To learn more about our services and fees, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us now.

The Therapeutic Massage

Therapeutic massage can be integrated into a child’s overall plan of care. When TM is added as an adjunct therapy to a child’s Occupational Therapy (OT), Speech Therapy (ST) or Physical Therapy (PT) plan, parents can see significant results and improvement in cognitive skills. TM has shown to promote more on-task and social relatedness behavior during play observations. Over time, TM sessions from a skilled therapist can provide relaxation, help with body awareness, help children to become more accustomed to tactile stimulation and has also helped decrease issues with sleeping. In addition, massage has helped increase muscle tone in children, which in turn has helped increase fine and gross motor skills. Many developmental disabilities also have physical symptoms, but are commonly accompanied by emotional and behavior problems.

Those with Autism, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Attention-Deficit or ADHD, and other conditions that affect mental and intellectual development, often suffer from anxiety and depression as they struggle to deal with even the most basic social interactions and expectations placed on them. Massage therapy has been proven to reduce their anxiety and stress along with depression, often resulting in significant reduction in behavioral outbursts in those suffering from these types of developmental conditions.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Some of the main characteristics of ASD are impairments in social interaction and impaired communication. For children with Autism, massage may provide relaxation, decreasing stress and calming muscle spasms. It can also help a child become more accustomed to tactile stimulation and aid in body awareness as well as promote more on-task and social relatedness behavior. Massage may also decrease sleeping issues and increase trust and bonding with caregivers.

Cerebral Palsy (CP)

For children with Cerebral Palsy, massage may improve sleep patterns, increase or reduce muscle tone, improve digestion and relieve constipation. It can also reduce spasticity, encourage muscle flexibility and encourage motor function and increase range of motion in joints.


Massage may not only help a child with ADHD fall asleep quicker, sleep more soundly through the night, but for a longer period as well. It can assist in a child’s mood, their behavior, and may even decrease hyperactivity. Studies show massage is likely to reduce sleep walking and children will then spend more time in a relaxed sleep throughout the night. Research demonstrates that massage increases mental focus and concentration. One specific study showed that students who received massage were more productive in class, and their teachers rated them less hyperactive.

Down Syndrome

For Children with Down Syndrome, studies show that massage may help increase muscle tone, promote more on-task related skills, may provide relief from constipation and aid in body awareness.

Massage therapy has been proven beneficial for health and wellness, and research has proven it is beneficial for improving flexibility, reducing pain, improving sleep, as well as reducing anxiety and depression in the general population. These benefits also apply to those with physical and developmental disabilities Massage has shown positive effects in people with disabilities, improving, organic, intellectual, social, and emotional aspects of their lives Adding massage to a child’s routine may not only help improve many different facets of their life, but may also strengthen the communication and the bond with the parent and child at the same time!

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