Autism Therapist Detroit MI

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.

VSA arts of Michigan
(313) 832-3303 (V/TTY)
51 W. Hancock
Detroit, MI
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Art Therapy, Other, Therapy Providers

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HOPE Center
(248) 691-4772
William Beaumont Hospital Center for Human Development
Berkley, MI
Support Services
ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Other, Psychological Counseling, Research, Social Skills Training, Support Group Meetings, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade

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Beaumont Childrens Hospital HOPE Center
(248) 691-4772
1695 West 12 Mile Road
Berkley, MI
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Social Skills Training, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Center for autism spectrum disorders
(248) 723-4273
640 North Old Woodward, Suite 203
birmingham, MI
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ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Aquatic Therapy, Art Therapy, Assistive Technology, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Early Intervention, Early Intervention, Floortime, Helpful Websites, Interactive Metronome, Medical, Music Therapy, Nutritional Counseling, Nutritional Counseling, Nutritional Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy Supplies, Play Therapy, QEEG / EEG / Neurofeedback, Research, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training,
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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The Autistic Childrens Treatment Network
(248) 988-9356
32500 Telegraph Rd.
Bingham Farms, MI
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Social Building Blocks
(517) 980-5671
801 W. Eleven Mile
Royal Oak, MI
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, 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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C.A.I.R. (Center for Autism Intervention and Research)
(313) 881-1571
P.O. Box 806061
Saint Clair Shores, MI
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Art Therapy, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Medical, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Products/Stores, Research, Sensory Integration, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Judson Center Autism Connections
(248) 847-2047
4410 W. 13 Mile Road
Royal Oak, MI
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Art Therapy, Behavorial Intervention, Biomedical Intervention, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Job Coach, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Nutritional Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, 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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The Early Intervention Center
(248) 258-6271
2225 East 14 Mile Road
Birmingham, MI
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Private School (Autism Only), Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade

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Janet Reed, PhD
(313) 876-2526
One Ford Place
Detroit, MI
Support Services
Medical, Psychological Counseling
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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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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