Autism Play Therapists Independence MO

Autism play therapists are professionals who provide therapy to patients with autism. Read on to learn more information on autism play therapists in Independence, MO 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.

ABCnD Enterprises LLC
(816) 931-8300
3930 Washington St.
Kansas City, MO
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Education, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Other, Play Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Whole Body Health
(913) 961-6308
11791 W. 112th St
Overland Park, KS
Support Services
Behavorial Intervention, Biomedical Intervention, Early Intervention, Medical, Nutritional Counseling, Play Therapy, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Giant Steps of St. Louis
(314) 989-7884
800 Maryville Centre Dr., Suite B
St. Louis, MO
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Play Therapy, Speech Therapy, Support Organization, Therapy Providers

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ABCnD Enterprises LLC
(816) 931-8300
3930 Washington St.
Kansas City, MO
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Education, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Other, Play Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Helping Hands of Lincoln County
(636) 290-0293
350 Thornhill Cemetery Road
Troy, MO
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Play Therapy, Respite, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Successful Sounds
(913) 383-8465
6800 West 80th Street
Overland Park, KS
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Auditory Integration Therapy, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Floortime, Interactive Metronome, Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Play Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), Private School (Integrated), Schools, Preschool, Typical, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY, Support / Tutoring, Support Group Meetings, Swimming Lessons, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Amy Parmenter Barber, PsyD
(417) 924-8188
Mansfield, MO
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, Academic Assessments, Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Educational Assessment, Marriage & Family Counseling, Play Therapy, Psychological Counseling
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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ABA Consulting Services LLC
(314) 479-8083
444 Sovereign CT Suite A
St. Louis, MO
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Play Therapy, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade

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Casey ODonnell
(636) 544-7370
OFallon, MO
Support Services
ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Play Therapy, Psychological Counseling, Social Skills Training
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Davidson Harry R
(816) 795-5385
3445 S State Route 291
Independence, MO
 
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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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