Autism Therapist Dallas TX

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.

Equest Therapeutic Riding Center
(972) 412-1099
2902 Swiss Ave
Dallas, TX
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Hippotherapy (Horseback Riding), Other, Therapy Providers

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ACES--Autism Consulting and Educational Services
(214) 828-2552
PO Box 720054
Dallas, TX
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ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Play Therapy, Social Skills Training, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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NeurobeMD, P.A.
(214) 692-1900
Suite 500 Glen Lakes Health Plaza
Dallas, TX
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Adult Support, Behavorial Intervention, Compounding Pharmacies, Medical, Psychological Counseling
Ages Supported
9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Autism Treatment Centers of Texas
(972) 644-2076
10503 Metric Dr.
Dallas, TX
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Adult Support, Art Therapy, Auditory Integration Therapy, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Education, Hippotherapy (Horseback Riding), Lindamood Bell, Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), Psychological Counseling, Residential, Residential Facility, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Support Group Meetings, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Betty McBride,OTR
(214) 349-6178
9636 Wendell Rd.
Dallas, TX
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Occupational Therapy, Therapy Providers

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Dallas Services
(214) 828-9900
4106 Office Parkway
Dallas, TX
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Education, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Private School (Multi-disability), Sensory Integration, 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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Anna H. Y. Ho, Psy.D.
(559) 977-8227
Dallas, TX
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Early Intervention, Floortime, Play Therapy, Psychological Counseling, Social Skills Training, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Behavioral Innovations, Inc.
(469) 374-0700
2655 Villa Creek Drive, Ste. 204
Dallas, TX
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Therapy Providers

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Autism Treatment Center
(972) 644-2076
10503 Metric Dr.
Dallas, TX
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Education, Research, Residential Facility, Support Organization, Therapy Providers

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North Texas Therapy Innovations, P.C.
(214) 349-6178
11880 Greenville Avenue, Suite 100
Dallas, TX
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Occupational Therapy, Sensory Integration, Therapy Providers

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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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