Autism Therapist Eugene OR

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.

(541) 684-4623
P.O. Box 71092
Eugene, OR
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Hippotherapy (Horseback Riding), Therapy Providers

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Mrs. Fiona Standen
(541) 868-2004
Eugene Therapy401 East 10th Ave
Eugene, OR
Impulse Control Disorders
School: University of Stirling-Scotland
Year of Graduation: 1995
Years In Practice: 15+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$100 - $200
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Center on Human Development AUCD
(541) 346-3591
Center On Human Development, College Of Education, 5252 University Of Orego
Eugene, OR
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Other, Support Organization

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Martin Sheehan, Ph.D.
(541) 284-4616
Direction Service Counseling Center, 576 Olive Street, Suite 307
Eugene, OR
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Dr. Carol Marysich, O.D., M.S.F., C.O.U.D.
(541) 342-3100
4765 Village Plaza Loop, Suite 100
Eugene, OR
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Therapy Providers

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Susan Buchert
(541) 344-1792
1542 Fetters Loop
Eugene, OR
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Early Intervention, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Play Therapy, Therapy Providers
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Trips, Inc.
1-800-686-1013 or 541-686-1013
P.O. Box 10885
Eugene, OR
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Four Leaf Press
800-322-1883; (541) 485-4938
PO Box 23502
Eugene, OR
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Oregon Family Support Network-Statewide and Lane County Office
(800) 323-8521 (Families Only) or 541-342-2876
2411 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Suite 274
Eugene, OR
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Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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Dave A Bahr (EDLAW registered) of Barr and Stotter Law Offices
(541) 686-3277
259 East 5th Avenue, Suite 200
Eugene, OR
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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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