Autism Therapist Elizabeth NJ

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.

Ira L. Cohen, Ph.D., Chair
(718) 494-5181
1050 Forest Hill Road
Staten Island, NY
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Biomedical Intervention, Early Intervention, Other, Psychological Counseling, Research

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Adrienne Fitzer, MA, BCBA
(973) 714-1782
furnished on request
Cranford, NJ
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Lovaas Institute
(973) 763-0442
South Orange, NJ
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ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Early Intervention
Ages Supported
Kindergarten,Preschool

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Lovaas Institute South Orange
(973) 763-0442
177 Valley Street, 2nd Floor
South Orange, NJ
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Research, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Therapeutic Intervention for Kinds and Educational Support (TIKES)
(973) 376-5888
206 Millburn Ave. Suite 11A
Millburn, NJ
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Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers

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The Autism Center
(973) 972-9830
UMDNJ- New Jersey Medical School, 90 Bergen Street, Suite 8100
Newark, NJ
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Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers

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Youth Development Clinic
(973) 623-5080
Newark, NJ
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Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Educational Assessment, Play Therapy, Psychological Counseling, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Speech and Hearing Associates (South Orange)
(973) 763-2841
15 Village Plaza
South Orange, NJ
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Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers

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Speech and Hearing Associates (Avenel)
(732) 750-4660
1030 St. Georges Avenue
Avenel, NJ
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Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers

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Wendy King, Ph.D., R.N.
(908) 464-3800
Podell Medical Center, 571 Central Ave., Ste 106
Springfield, NJ
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DAN! Pediatrics, Other, Psychological Counseling

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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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