Toronto, ON. and Irvine, CA. – February 10, 2023

ACES 2020, LLC (“ACES” or “the company”), dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals and families impacted with autism or other special needs, today announced a collaborative partnership with MakerKids from Toronto, Ontario. ACES and MakerKids are teaming up to bring a STEM programming to families to target ACES client’s special interests during their ABA Therapy Sessions. ACES will work with MakerKids to run multiple series targeting interests including Minecraft, Coding and Robotics. The social-emotional skills-based programs are designed to for children who love computer games and can use extra practice building friendships among other social skills they need to thrive. The collaboration will allow families to engage in a fun, treatment option that supports ACES clinical model of care.

Headed by Jennifer Turliuk, MakerKids offers unique social-emotional skill-based programs geared toward children who love computer games. Participating in MakerKids programs is a fun and social way for children to gain fundamental technical skills. As children become more adept at navigating and modifying the interfaces they are presented with, new challenges such as learning to code turns the experience into even more of an educational platform to help build transferable technical skills. Leveraging children’s interest in technology is a gateway to introduce them to other STEM topics, just as important in a cooperative group environment is the opportunity for teaching positive netizen, teamwork, and communication skills.

Jennifer Turliuk, MakerKids CEO, said “This is a groundbreaking collaboration that we think will make new strides and cause a massive positive impact. We are very excited to partner with ACES.”

About MakerKids

MakerKids is a computer based approach to encourage creativity and empower kids with their own ideas for projects. All MakerKids registrants are encouraged to participate in programs and are not pushed towards certain activities based on gender or stereotype – it’s up to the child what they want to explore and learn about! Children are encouraged in making their own decisions and to learn by doing, while MakerKids instructors act as mentors instead of doing things for them. MakerKids classes teach coding, robotics and Minecraft in a way that is fun, engaging and social! Makers from all around the world join in to interact with like-minded makers to create projects that are truly their own. MakerKids motto is “making by doing” with an extra emphasis on promoting soft and social skills such as cooperation, communication, problem solving and resilience! Instructors are vetted mentors who are looking to provide the best learning experience as possible for your maker!

About Autism Comprehensive Educational Services (ACES)

ACES is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals and families impacted with autism or other special needs. Founded in 1996 by Kristin Farmer, ACES provides comprehensive, professional services to maximize individuals’ potential in the home, school, clinic and community using accepted teaching and ABA therapeutic methodologies. ACES operates in more than 50 markets in eight states, serving thousands of clients in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Washington with a long track record of outcomes. Learn more at

Media Contact: Ashley Drag, [email protected]

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