Autism Therapist Columbus OH

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.

Easter Seals Central and Southeast Ohio
(614) 228-5523
565 Childrens Drive West
Columbus, OH
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Adult Support, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Private School (Multi-disability), Psychological Counseling, Speech Therapy, 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,Adult

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VSA arts of Ohio
(614) 241-5325
Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts
Columbus, OH
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Art Therapy, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Casey Warner, Independent Advocate/Parent Mentor/Resource Specialist
(614) 622-0709
767 College Avenue
Bexley, OH
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ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, Academic Assessments, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Dentists, Disability Advocacy, Doctors, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Doctors, Pediatric Hermatologist, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Floortime, Inflatable Bounce Houses/Parties, Karate, Lawyers (Vaccine Lawsuits), Nutritional Counseling, Orthodontists, Private School (Autism Only), Private School (Integrated), Private School (Multi-disability), QEEG / EEG / Neurofeedback, Sc
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Mikula Speech-Language Pathology, LLC.
(614) 378-5430
4588 Kenny Rd.
Columubs, OH
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Marriage & Family Counseling, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade

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Fast Forward Therapy, Inc
(614) 364-6206
Columbus, OH
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ABA, Therapy Services, Adult Support, Behavorial Intervention, Career Counseling, Educational Advocacy, Job Coach, Marriage & Family Counseling, Social Skills Training, Support / Tutoring, Support Group Meetings
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult

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Programs for Children with Disabilities: Ages 3 through 5 (Ohio)
(614) 466-0224
Ohio Dept. of Education
Columbus, OH
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Early Intervention, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten

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Nicolette Howells, PhD
(614) 475-9500
Columbus, OH
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Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Educational Assessment, Play Therapy, Psychological Counseling, Social Skills Training
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Piece By Piece Consulting, LLC
(614) 578-9454
1490 Old Henderson Road
Columbus, OH
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Other, Therapy Providers
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Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade

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Gestalt Associates, Inc.
(614) 751-5393
100 Outerbelt Street
Columbus, OH
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Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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The Childhood League Center
(614) 253-6933
670 S. 18th Street
Columbus, OH
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Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Early Intervention, Education, Educational Advocacy, Hippotherapy (Horseback Riding), Marriage & Family Counseling, Nutritional Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Private School (Integrated), Private School (Multi-disability), Psychological Counseling, Sensory Integration, Speech & Language, Speech Therapy, Support Group Meetings
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Preschool

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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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