Autism Therapist Brandon FL

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.

Janis Krempa, M.Ed, BCBA
(813) 262-2572
5718 Sea Trout Place
Apollo Beach, FL
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Social Skills Training, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade

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Jeanne M. Barth
(813) 930-0197
3709 W. Hamilton Ave
Tampa, FL
Support Services
Early Intervention, Music Therapy, Sensory Integration, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars

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Kelley Gardner MA, BCBA
(813) 265-0210
6916 W Linebaugh Avenue
Tampa, FL
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Helpful Websites
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade

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Relationship Development Center (Helyn Moore)
(813) 545-4726
101 American Center Place
Tampa, FL
Support Services
Therapy Providers

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Shannon Moss, M.A., BCBA
(813) 621-3223
6400 East Chelsea Street
Tampa, FL
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Academic Assessments, Aquatic Therapy, Assistive Technology, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, State Resources, Education, Summer Camp/ESY, Support / Tutoring, Support Group Meetings, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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USF Autism Spectrum Assessment and Treatment Clinic
(813) 974-1516
Silver Child Development Center
Tampa, FL
Support Services
ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Academic Assessments, Adult Support, Behavorial Intervention, Biomedical Intervention, Early Intervention, Floortime, Marriage & Family Counseling, Play Therapy, RDI, Research, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Support Group Meetings, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Behavioral Consulting of Tampa Bay, Inc.
(813) 265-0210
6916 W Linebaugh Avenue
Tampa, FL
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade

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Dr. Stacy L Carmichael
(727) 260-4769
Dr. Stacy Carmichael, Licensed Psychologist400 N Ashley Drive
Tampa, FL
Specialties
Testing and Evaluation, Attention Deficit (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorders
Qualification
School: University of Florida
Year of Graduation: 2003
Years In Practice: 8 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6),Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$150 - $200
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Florida Autism Center of Excellence
(813) 621-3223
6400 East Chelsea Street
Tampa, FL
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Education, Educational Advocacy, Hippotherapy (Horseback Riding), Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities- Tampa
(813) 233-2920
Tampa Times Building Suite 513, 1000 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Other, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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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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