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(661) 523-AAOP (2267)

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320 Arden Avenue Suite 240
Glendale, CA 91203

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About Us

Armenian Autism Outreach Project Inc. is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization of professionals and parents formed in 2006. AAOP's goal is to raise awareness about autism in the Armenian-American community in Greater Los Angeles by informing parents, teachers & administrators about what autism is & how it is diagnosed, best practices in autism education, treatment & resources.

AAOP's outreach activities include teacher seminars, parent informational meetings, television shows; newspaper articles, parent support group meetings, family social events and warm line: 661-523-AAOP (2267).

Mission Statement

Our mission is to support the efforts of individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); to empower them in self-advocacy by way of education, camaraderie and support; and to educate the Armenian Community for a full and meaningful integration of all individuals.

Vision Statement

Our vision is for an Armenian Community where those members affected by developmental disabilities, particularly those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), are equal participants in the daily life of the community at large.

The founding members are:

Taline Ashekian, B.S.
Nora Chitilian-Kalachian, M.S.
Sonia Konialian-Aller, Ph.D.
Houry Sosikian, M.S.
Mariam Tsaturyan, Psy.D.

We thank each and every one of them for their dedication to the mission of our organization and look forward to their continued involvement with the AAOP.

The current members are:

Nora Chitilian-Kalachian, M.S., L.M.F.T. - Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Nora Chitilian-Kalachian has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology and a Masters of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling from California State University Northridge. She has been working in the field of Mental Health and counseling since 1996.During her undergraduate and graduate studies she worked as a teacher both in regular and special education schools. She has facilitated court ordered domestic violence classes with male perpetrators. She's been a social worker working with developmentally disabled children and facilitated parent-support groups for their parents. She has also worked at the Armenian Relief Society's Child, Youth and Family Guidance center as a therapist from 2001 until 2004 and facilitated parenting groups.Currently she is in private practice in Glendale and works at The Help Group, a non-public school, providing therapy services for children and adolescents with Autism and Asperger's disorders. She is active in the community and conducts workshops on parenting skills, anxiety, stress management, relationships and social skills in the community and at educational institutions, including at various Armenian schools. She's had numerous public appearances both on TV and as an invited guest speaker at seminars.
Member to the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).

Taleen Khatchadourian - Parent Volunteer

Taleen Khatchadourian attended Rose & Alex Pilibos Armenian School and Immaculate Heart High School. She later received a BA in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. From a very young age, Taleen has been an active member of her communities, volunteering and fundraising for many important organizations. Taleen is currently the Executive Director of Sylvan Learning Center in Glendale. She is driven to help students with remediation and enrichment.

Taleen and her husband, Hagop, have 3 children. Robert, Raffi and Jacqueline. Raffi was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 2 1/2. Since then, Taleen has been driven to learn and share all she can with families about resources available to give individuals with disabilities a better life. Since has served on the Board for the Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center and currently swerves as a peer support partner and active member of the Armenian Parent Support Group.

Kristne Aslanyan - Parent Volunteer

Kristine's Bio coming Soon.

Sonia Konialian-Aller, Ph.D., CCC - Speech Language Pathologist

Dr. Sonia Konialian Aller, a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, obtained a Ph.D. degree in Cognitive/Developmental Psychology from Indiana University with a specialty in language development, and a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology, after receiving her B.A. degree in Psychology from the Beirut College for Women. Since 1983, after completing an interdisciplinary Clinical Fellowship at UCLA's Neuropsychiatric Institute, she has provided services to children with special needs and their families, with a focus on autism among Armenian and Arabic speaking children.

Over the past 20 years at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Dr. Konialian Aller has served as Supervisor in the Division of Hearing and Speech, Communication Disorders Discipline Director at the USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, and faculty of its Interdisciplinary Leadership Training in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program. She is also an Adjunct Professor in Communication Disorders at California State University Los Angeles, where she teaches and provides clinical supervision in the Master's program.

Dr. Konialian Aller is a founding member of the Foothill Autism Alliance, a parent-professional volunteer organization, and has continued to serve on its Board of Directors since 1998. In the Spring of 2007 she was elected the Director-Elect of the California Speech and Hearing Association's Division 7.As a founding member of the AAOP, Dr. Konialian Aller is excited about developing and providing culturally responsive informational programs and resources, and family- centered parent empowerment supports to assist parents, educators, and service providers in their efforts to identify, advocate for, and meet the needs of Armenian children with autism and related neurodevelopmental challenges.


Houry Sosikian, M.S. - Special Education Teacher

Houry Sosikian has been working with children with special needs since 2001. She holds an Education Specialist Credential and a Master's Degree in Special Education.She currently works for Glendale Unified School District, as a Resource Specialist. Previously she has worked at The Help Group, which is a nonpublic school for children with autism. She has also worked as a behavior therapist providing discrete trial therapy. Her background encompasses working with children who are on the autism spectrum, learning disabilities, emotional disturbance, mental retardation, and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. She always works to provide a motivating and productive learning environment for all students. She has a strong passion and devotion to foster a high quality of life for her students.