Autism Play Therapists Newark NJ

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

Youth Development Clinic
(973) 623-5080
Newark, NJ
Support Services
Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Educational Assessment, Play Therapy, Psychological Counseling, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Spectra Academy
(973) 783-7891
22 Lackawanna Plaza
Montclair, NJ
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Education, Play Therapy, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
6-8 Grade

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Emily Root-La Femina, MA, CCC-SLP
(908) 790-9555
230 Sherman Ave.
Berkeley Heights, NJ
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Play Therapy, Psychological Counseling, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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SpeechWorks 4 Kids!
(347) 234-5437
New York, NY
Support Services
Early Intervention, Helpful Websites, Play Therapy, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Support / Tutoring
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Rethink Autism
(646) 257-2919
19 W. 21st St., Ste. 403
New York, NY
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Assistive Technology, Behavorial Intervention, Helpful Websites, Play Therapy, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Svetvilas Educational Services
973 325-2373; 917 855-4879
699 Prospect Avenue
West Orange, NJ
Support Services
Behavorial Intervention, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool

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Bilinguals Inc. Child and Parent Services
(212) 684-0099
60 Madison Ave
New York, NY
Support Services
ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Academic Assessments, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Floortime, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool

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The Rebecca School
(212) 810-4120
40 East 30th Street
New York, NY
Support Services
Art Therapy, Behavorial Intervention, Education, Educational Advocacy, Lindamood Bell, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Support Group Meetings, Therapy Providers, Tomatis/AIT, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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The Comprehensive Center for Rehabilitation
(212) 539-0257
460 Grand Street
New York, NY
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Education, Marriage & Family Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Private School (Multi-disability), Sensory Integration, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool

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Rosie Alvarez
(201) 686-5705
131 route 46 w
lodi, NJ
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Art Therapy, Auditory Integration Therapy, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Play Therapy, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers, Tomatis/AIT
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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