Autism Play Therapists Washington DC

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

Hyattsville Speech & Language Center
(301) 322-4995
4331 Gallatin Street, Suite 203
Hyattsville, MD
Support Services
Early Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Play Therapy, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade

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Childrens Innovative Therapy Group, LLC
(301) 652-2220
4833 Rugby Avenue, Suite 101
Bethesda, MD
Support Services
Auditory Integration Therapy, Camps, FastForword, Floortime, Lindamood Bell, Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy Supplies, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Sports, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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The S.P.A.R.K.S. Group LLC
(202) 215-9252
Greenbelt, MD
Support Services
ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Play Therapy, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Sports, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Next Step Pediatric Physical Therapy Center
(301) 984-7020
3204 Tower Oaks Blvd
Rockville, MD
Support Services
Early Intervention, Occupational Therapy, Other, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Research, Sensory Integration, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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In Step, PC
(703) 876-8480
8320 Professional Hill Drive
Vienna, VA
Support Services
Play Therapy, Social Skills Training
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Stepping Stones Therapy, LLC
(301) 652-7800
4300 Montgomery Avenue
Bethesda, MD
Support Services
Occupational Therapy, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Bethesda Speech for Kids, Mandy hart
(301) 530-6021
Bethesda, MD
Support Services
Early Intervention, Floortime, Play Therapy, Publications, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Support / Tutoring, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Renoxx Caregivers, Inc.
(301) 850-1148
Bowie, MD
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, Aquatic Therapy, Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Respite, Speech Therapy, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Jacqueline Yip
(267) 496-2221
13220 Ewood Lane
Silver Spring, MD
Support Services
Early Intervention, Play Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), Respite
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Ivymount School
(301) 469-0223
11614 Seven Locks Road
Rockville, MD
Support Services
Art Therapy, Early Intervention, Education, Occupational Therapy, Play Therapy, Private School (Multi-disability), Speech Therapy
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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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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