Autism Therapist Cape Coral 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.

Behavioral Therapy and Consultation Services
(239) 247-2279
sw 5th pl
Cape Coral, FL
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Adult Support, Behavorial Intervention, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Respite, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting, Social Skills Training, Therapy Providers, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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J. Christopher McGinnis, Ph.D. (McGinnis Psychology Group)
(239) 482-2655
13730 Cypress Terrace Circle, Suite 401
Fort Myers, FL
Support Services
Other, Psychological Counseling, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars

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Childrens Autism Treatment Specialists, LLC
(239) 985-2287
18070 S. Tamiami Trail
Fort Myers, FL
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Play Therapy, Research, Research, Respite, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting, Social Skills Training, Support Group Meetings, Therapy Providers, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade

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Eden Florida
(239) 437-5335
13631 Learning Court
South Fort Myers, FL
Support Services
Early Intervention, Other, Residential, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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Southwest Florida Chapter ASA
(239) 768-0723
1259 Shannondale Drive
Fort Myers, FL
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology Center, Inc.
(239) 479-5093
3049 Cleveland Ave
Ft Myers, FL
Support Services
Education, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Seeds For Hope, LLC
(239) 989-4054
16174 Via Solera Circle #106
fort myers, FL
Support Services
ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Art Therapy, Babysitting / Childcare, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Floortime, Play Therapy, Respite, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech & Language
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

Data Provided By:
Dr. Nolan Katz
(239) 204-3263
Katz Counseling and Educational Psychology3949 Evans Ave. Suite 105
Fort Myers, FL
Specialties
Attention Deficit (ADHD), Autism, Learning Disabilities, Mood Disorders
Qualification
School: Florida State University
Year of Graduation: 2009
Years In Practice: 2 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
$120 - $160
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Southwest Florida ASA
(941) 931-2726
P.O. Box 61324
Ft. Myers, FL
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

Data Provided By:
Omar Rieche, MD
(239) 278-7788
1705 Colonial Blvd Ste B1
Fort Myers, FL
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of South Fl Coll Of Med, Tampa Fl 33612
Graduation Year: 1991

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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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