Autism Play Therapists Boston MA

Autism play therapists are professionals who provide therapy to patients with autism. Read on to learn more information on autism play therapists in Boston, MA and gain access to floor time therapy, music therapy, play projects, new behavior learning, and sandplay therapy, as well as advice and content on play therapy.

Kat Houghton
(800) 340-5978
Cambridge, MA
Support Services
Helpful Websites, Marriage & Family Counseling, Nutritional Counseling, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Sandy Blackman
(301) 318-6936
Watertown, MA
Support Services
Play Therapy, Social Skills Training
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Chatterboxes
(617) 969-8255
10 Langley Road
Newton Centre, MA
Support Services
Assistive Technology, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Floortime, Helpful Websites, Lindamood Bell, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Cara Falconi, MA
(781) 932-8424
Winchester, MA
Winchester, MA
Support Services
Art Therapy, Play Therapy, Therapy Providers

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Catherine A Sargent MS, LMHC, CEIS
(617) 930-2721
109 Fitzroy Drive 304
Hingham, MA
Support Services
ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Academic Assessments, Behavorial Intervention, Floortime, Play Therapy, Psychological Counseling, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade

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Catherine A. Sargent MS, LMHC, CEIS
(617) 769-7344
73 Wenham Street
Boston, MA
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Play Therapy, Social Skills Training, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Advances Learning Center
(617) 923-7575
Watertown, MA
Support Services
ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Academic Assessments, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Play Therapy, Social Skills Training, Summer Camp/ESY, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Arnold Miller, Ph.D.
(617) 965-0045
154 Wells Avenue, Suite 5
Newton, MA
Support Services
Behavorial Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Play Therapy, Social Skills Training, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Steps to Success LLC
781=674-0000
183 Bedford St
Lexington, MA
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Floortime, Play Therapy, Social Skills Training
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Alexa Rousseau
(781) 389-0491
Burlington, MA
Support Services
ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Babysitting / Childcare, Behavorial Intervention, Floortime, Play Therapy, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy
Ages Supported
Preschool

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Autism Dad: "Play Baseball!"

Autism dad: "Play baseball!"

Autism Dad

Perhaps Ben was autistic the day he was born.

It could be that the symptoms, to which we are now accustomed, had lay dormant or existed in mild form. Then something, the big mysterious something, happened to accelerate things. You want desperately to understand. You start to question your memory. You become a Monday morning quarterback: why didn’t I connect the dots sooner?

There were two key events that told us something was amiss. The first was when we enrolled Ben in basketball. With great anticipation, Heather and I arrived with our cameras for the first day of practice. While the coach led the excited kids down the court, Ben stood frozen. Moments later he took off in the opposite direction…out of bounds, crisscrossing another court, out to the soccer field…not running away per se, just running. I think of the Forrest Gump character who started running and found he simply could not stop.

Ben was in his own world, though at the time we hadn’t figured it out. His mother assured me that, at 3, Ben was the youngest member of the team. I was more than willing to accept that explanation.

The second time was at a party. The kids were taking their turns at whacking the piñata. Now it was Ben’s turn. I was almost salivating as my baseball player son approached “the plate.” I handed him the bat with an encouraging smile. Ben held it for a long minute, unable to focus on or understand the challenge. The other children began to stare and grow impatient. Ben examined the bat and then discarded it like a piece of trash.

Ben’s 6 now and the past few years have been marked by ups and downs, steps forward and back. I am grateful that over the past weeks, Ben has shown modest improvements with his speech, responsiveness, and eye contact.

Every so often I try to engage him in a little catch. I have him hold the ball, touch it, get to know it again. I feel we’re making progress. And then I put my fragile heart aside and everything on the line: “Ben, toss the ball to Daddy.” He stares blankly, dropping the ball in favor of his object-for-the-day.

Today was different.

He actually pitched the ball to me—once and then a second time with surprising authority. It was only two tosses but that was enough to cause my eyes to brighten. It’s not that recovering his interest in baseball is of any benefit to Ben. Obviously I am more concerned about his limited speech, his preference for residing in his own world, and h...

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