Autism Therapist Dubuque IA

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.

HastyHeart T.R.O.T.-Therapeutic Riding of the Tri-States
(815) 747-2619
5475 Dunn Rd.
East Dubuque, IL
Support Services
Hippotherapy (Horseback Riding), Therapy Providers

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Mercy Service Club Autism Center
(563) 589-9035
Dubuque, IA
Support Services
Assistive Technology, Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Nutritional Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Summer Camp/ESY, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Galena Parent Advocates
(815) 777-2796
P.O. Box 6674
Galena, IL
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Support Organization

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Barbara Sullivan Woodward
(866) 244-5721
P.O. Box 1084
Dubuque, IA
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Credentialed Since: 1985-07-22

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Gerald T. Jorgensen
(563)556-2580, x249
1229 Mt. Loretta
Dubuque, IA
Services
Psychological Assessment, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Individual Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Colorado State University
Credentialed Since: 1975-02-26

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Unified Therapy Services, Inc.
(563) 583-4003
Dubuque, IA
Support Services
Behavorial Intervention, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Autism Society of Iowa
319-557-1169; 888-722-4799
3135 Spring Valley Road
Dubuque, IA
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Peter Jos Szeibel, MD
(515) 576-7218
1500 Associates Dr
Dubuque, IA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Syracuse, Coll Of Med, Syracuse Ny 13210
Graduation Year: 1982

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Michael Lavin
(563) 582-6815
1400 S Grandview Ave
Dubuque, IA
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Personality Disorder (e.g., borderline, antisocial), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Forensic Evaluation (e.g., mental competency evaluation), Psychoanalysis
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Arizona
Credentialed Since: 2001-07-13

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Ann R. Ernst
(563) 582-3721
899 Mt Carmel Rd
Dubuque, IA
Services
Psychological Assessment, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Crisis Intervention or Disaster Intervention, Play Therapy
Ages Served
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Infants (0-2 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Iowa
Credentialed Since: 1975-03-03

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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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