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Ready Set Go



The Ready, Set, Go! program is an ABA program specifically designed for toddlers and preschoolers. It is a collaborative effort between the Merced County Office of Education, Central Valley Regional Center and Beacon Health Options, to provide early intensive behavior intervention for infants and toddlers, who have been identified as at risk and exhibit behaviors associated with autism spectrum disorder, or have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

What are the early signs?

  • No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by six months or thereafter
  • No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles, or other facial expressions by nine months
  • No babbling by 12 months
  • No back-and-forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching, or waving by 12 months
  • No words by 16 months
  • No meaningful, two-word phrases (not including imitating or repeating) by 24 months
  • Any loss of speech, babbling, or social skills at any age


How we can help

A multi-disciplinary team, including a Psychologist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and a Behavior Support Specialist, work together to assess each child and determine the right type of intervention to meet the individual needs of every child.​

The Ready, Set, Go! program works collaboratively with CVRC to provide relationship-based, family-centered services to support the child's overall development.

Every child is given socialization opportunities with other children in our Parent and Me class or the Preschool Practice class.

When a child turns three years of age, the Ready, Set, Go! program works collaboratively with the MCOE assessment team and provides a seamless transition to possible special education services and specialized preschool services.

Assessment and Referrals

If your child has been diagnosed with autism, or you feel that they are exhibiting behaviors associated with autism, and would like your child assessed, please contact the Merced County Interagency Roundtable One-Call Referral at (209) 381-6665.


For more information about Ready, Set, Go! click here.​​​