Autism Therapist Austin TX

There is no known cure for autism, which is a complex affliction, and there is also no one single treatment or medication used to combat its effects, but rather several. Therapists can play a key role in offering the training and behavioral therapy needed as part of a treatment program. For more information, check below.

Moore-Weis Childrens Center of Austin
(512) 472-6080
1303 Lorrain
Austin, TX
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Auditory Integration Therapy, Behavorial Intervention, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Education, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Medical, Occupational Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), Research, Research, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Thoughtful House Center for Children
(512) 732-8400
3001 Bee Caves Road
Austin, TX
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DAN! Doctors, Doctors, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hippotherapy (Horseback Riding), Medical, Research, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Kelle Schiesler, M.Ed., BCABA
(512) 417-5104
11929A Sunhillow Bend
Austin, TX
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Other, Therapy Providers

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ExploreAutism Consulting and Behavior Therapy
(512) 689-9560
4305 Steve Scarbrough Dr.
Austin, TX
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ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Early Intervention, Education, Educational Advocacy, Support / Tutoring, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade

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Building BLOCS
(512) 827-7011
Austin, TX
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ABA, Therapy Services, Assistive Technology, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Play Therapy, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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CARD Austin
Office: (512) 330-9520 ext 21 Fax: (512) 330-9505
9390 Research Blvd, Ste. 230
Austin, TX
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Early Intervention, Nutritional Counseling, Research, Therapy Providers
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Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Texas Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
(512) 454-8682
PO Box 15576
Austin, TX
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Occupational Therapy, Therapy Providers

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Autism & Behavior Consulting
(512) 577-2266
9202 Quail Wood Dr.
Austin, TX
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Adult Support, Behavorial Intervention, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Job Coach, Other, Social Skills Training, State Resources, Parent Training, State Resources, Regional Centers/Early Intervention Agency, Support Group Meetings, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
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Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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PACED Behavior, LLC
(512) 299-4456
Austin, TX
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ABA, Therapy Services, Early Intervention, Social Skills Training
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1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Amanda Boutot, Ph.D., BCBA
(512) 983-8388
5911 Brown Rock Trail
Austin, TX
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ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Colleges/universities, degrees in teaching/special ed., Early Intervention, Floortime, Social Skills Training, Verbal Behavior
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Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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For Children with Autism, a New Possibility for Treatment

For children with autism, a new possibility for treatment

Leonora LaPeter Anton

Joy Falahee thought she knew how to play with her 2-year-old, Alexa.

There she was holding a plastic microphone, pretending to talk to Alexa. There she was offering a tiny zebra for Alexa to put in a brown plastic boat.

But when she looked back later at video of her and Alexa playing, Joy realized it was all wrong. Alexa barely looked at her. Alexa wanted nothing to do with her.

Alexa has autism. Joy, 32, received her daughter's diagnosis four months ago. Research says that by age 5, children's brains are mostly formed. Alexa's doctor told Joy and her husband, Tom, that they have only a few years to draw Alexa out.

She and Tom, a manager at CVS, have spent $70,000 to get her help. Occupational therapy. Physical therapy. Even horse therapy.

But recently they found another way to help Alexa, one that will require hours on a blanket with Alexa and a tub of toys.

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Joy suspected autism early on. Alexa was 18 months old when she stopped saying ma-ma and da-da. She started screaming whenever they left the house. She refused to be touched.

Joy, a former opera singer and voice coach, sought out specialists and seminars. She realized that the symptoms of autism described Alexa. Children with autism sometimes don't talk or interact. They don't like to be touched or held. They have trouble understanding other people's feelings. They need lots of one-on-one therapy — up to 25 hours a week.

Joy and Tom, 34, enrolled Alexa in free federally funded child development services and took her to every therapy they could find. They moved from Tampa Palms to St. Petersburg to be closer to doctors and therapists at All Children's Hospital.

The traditional therapies were designed to help Alexa learn to talk, build upper-body strength, allow her parents to brush her teeth. They were built on positive reinforcement: If Alexa did what she was told, she got a reward.

But Joy knew one of Alexa's biggest challenges would be her ability to socialize. Her daughter never looked at people. She always played alone.

Was there a way to make her daughter at least give her a hug?

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One day in March, Suzanne Tredo, an early interventionist with a background in autism, arrived at Joy's home in St. Petersburg.

Suzanne went up to Alexa, who was fitting animal-shaped pieces into slots in a wooden board. She picked up a piece and offered it to Alexa.

Alexa got up and walked away.

Later Suzanne tried again. Alexa ignored her. But then, for less than a second, Alexa's little blue eyes caught Suzanne's.

"You need to build a relationship with your daughter," she said. "To do that, you must get her to look you in the eye."

Joy thought about her interactions with Alexa, how fleeting they were. Unless she needed something, Alexa didn't care if Joy was there or not. Not one bit.

In the spring, Suzanne traveled to Ann Arbor, Mich., for a unique training in autism ...

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