Autism Therapist Blacksburg VA

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.

Center for Rehabilitation & Development (CRD)
(540) 961-1230
1997 South Main Street, Suite 601
Blacksburg, VA
Support Services
Adult Support, Auditory Integration Therapy, Camps, Early Intervention, Hippotherapy (Horseback Riding), Lindamood Bell, Marriage & Family Counseling, Nutritional Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Scottish Rite Summer Language Clinic
(540) 831-7665
Radford University, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, P.O
Radford, VA
Support Services
Other, Support Organization

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Dr. Lynn Adams
(540) 831-7637
Radford University, Box 6961
Radford, VA
Support Services
Other, Support Organization

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George Paul Hlusko Jr, MD
(540) 633-4568
7516 Lee Hwy
Radford, VA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wv Univ Sch Of Med, Morgantown Wv 26506
Graduation Year: 1967

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Yanping Wang
(540) 231-6557
1902 Northeside Drive
Blacksburg, VA
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Cultural Diversity Issues
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Languages Spoken
Chinese (Mandarin)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Virginia Tech
Credentialed Since: 2010-06-25

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Greater Roanoke Valley (VA) Chapter ASA
(888) 200-4241
600 Cambridge Rd
Blacksburg, VA
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Support Organization

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ASSURE
(540) 633-1108
6301 School House Ln
Radford, VA
Support Services
Adult Support, Behavorial Intervention, Disability Advocacy, Education, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Research, Research, Social Skills Training, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Brian T Whitley, MD
Blacksburg, VA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1996

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Yadollah M Jabbarpour, MD
(540) 375-4268
PO Box 200
Catawba, VA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1989

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Jasdeep S Miglani
(540) 961-8300
700 University City Blvd
Blacksburg, VA
Specialty
Psychiatry

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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?

• • •

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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