Autism Therapist Fargo ND

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.

Capernaum Pediatric Therapy
(701) 238-9538
3910 25th St. S
Fargo, ND
Support Services
Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Pediatric Therapy Partners
(701) 232-2340
3003 32nd Avenue South Suite 9
Fargo, ND
Support Services
ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, Assistive Technology, Camps, FastForword, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Fargo Moorhead Families for Early Autism Treatment (FMFEAT)
(701) 231-8095
P.O. Box 1325
Fargo, ND
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Support Organization

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Rachel M Fleissner, MD
(701) 476-7800
510 4th St S
Fargo, ND
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Graduation Year: 1987

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Charlotte Anne Siemens, MD
2624 9th Ave S
Fargo, ND
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1987

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Beyond Boundaries Therapy Services
(701) 371-7753
Martens Way
Fargo, ND
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Adult Support, Assistive Technology, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Early Intervention, Early Intervention, Floortime, Helpful Websites, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy Supplies, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech & Language, Summer Camp/ESY, 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 Arc Of Cass County
(701) 293-8191
215 N. University Drive
Fargo, ND
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Support Organization

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Stephen R Setterberg, MD
(701) 476-7208
510 4th St S
Fargo, ND
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1984
Hospital
Hospital: Dakota Heartland Hlth System, Fargo, Nd
Group Practice: Prairie At St Johns

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Stephanie Ulrike Hanisch, MD
(713) 798-4857
100 4th St S
Fargo, ND
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pretoria, Fac Of Med, Pretoria, So Africa
Graduation Year: 1994

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Emmet Michael Kenney Jr, MD
(701) 476-7208
510 4th St S
Fargo, ND
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 1986

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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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