About Us

Our goal is to provide you with the skills you can use to help your child develop his/her social communication, and in the process, deepen your relationship with them.

The content in this site reflects over 18 years experience working all over the world with children on the autism spectrum. It is intended to bring this very simple and very effective form of therapy to every family who is interested and could benefit from it.

Aaron Deland

Aaron DeLand

Aaron began working with children on the autism spectrum in 1999 and knew immediately that this was his calling. Aaron started his career in ABA, but after a few years he  realized that the behavioral approach wasn’t for him. That’s when he was introduced to play therapy. After that, there was no looking back. Over the past eighteen years, he has traveled extensively, helping more than nine hundred families, and logging thousands of hours working with children and their parents.

Since the autism  therapy Aaron provides usually involves traveling to the homes of the families he works with, it became apparent early on that the number of families he could help was very limited. Aaron developed the course work on this site in order to bring the benefits of play therapy  to as many families as possible.

“This incredible experience has changed my life. It demonstrates over and over how something as simple as connecting with another person through play can have a huge impact on a child’s development, and on a family’s quality of life.”

Kim Scott Deland
Co-founder / Director

Kim Scott DeLand

Kim Scott DeLand, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a Certified Speech-Language Pathologist who is passionate about her work and dedicated to ensure that families will receive a high standard of personalized and professional care. Kim believes that parental involvement is crucial to the success of a child’s speech and language development. She encourages parents to get involved with their child’s therapy and helps them take an active role in their child’s development.

Kim’s philosophy is to establish a loving connection with her clients and to infuse fun into her speech therapy sessions. She uses her expertise to design a program unique for each child. Kids learn best through play, therefore her sessions are structured around play!

Connecting with Autism Los Angeles Autism Help

Connecting with Autism

Play.Connect.Grow is a child company of Connecting with Autism, founded in 2007 by Aaron DeLand. You can learn more about our approach to autism intervention by writing to connectingwithautism@hotmail.com