Autism Therapist Columbus GA

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.

May Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders
(706) 571-7771
7175 Moon Rd.
Columbus, GA
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Sensory Integration, Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Muscogee County Autism Support Group
(706) 653-0323
2510 Cherokee Ave.
Columbus, GA
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization

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Shelly Yusuff, MD
(706) 494-0555
1230 2nd Ave
Columbus, GA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Ross Univ, Sch Of Med & Vet Med, Roseau, Dominica
Graduation Year: 1993

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David Paul Sorkey, MD
(706) 322-3700
1924 Warm Springs Rd
Columbus, GA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1974

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Lawrence M Correnti, MD
Fortson, GA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1981

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Home Intervention Therapy Services
(706) 580-2812
HIT Services
Fortson, GA
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Summer Camp/ESY, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Bridges Learning Center
(706) 580-2812
1327 Warren Williams Road
Columbus, GA
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Early Intervention

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Arvind Rambhai Patel, MD
(706) 324-7782
700 Center St
Columbus, GA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Indira Ghandi Med Coll, Nagpur Univ, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1974

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Edward Alan Minor, MD
706-321-9606 x217
407 Walden Chase Ln
Columbus, GA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1996

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Center For Creative Growth & Human Development
(706) 323-0601
2300 13th St
Columbus, GA
Industry
Mental Health Professional, Osteopath (DO)

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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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