Autism Therapist Hollywood FL

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.

Brighter Horizons Inc.
(954) 983-9306
Pembroke Pines, FL
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Social Skills Training, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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The Unicorn Child Development Clinic (at NSU)
(954) 262-6900
3301 College Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Support Services
Early Intervention, Occupational Therapy, Other, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars

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Dimensions Therapy Center
1-800-99-SPEECH (1-800-997-7332); 954-236-9415
12545 Orange Drive, Suite 502
Davie, FL
Support Services
Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers

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Kent Grelling, Ph.D.
(954) 473-1704
965 N Nob Hill Rd #138
Plantation, FL
Support Services
Other, Psychological Counseling, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars

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Miami Childrens Hospital Dan Marino Center
(954) 385-6274
2900 South Commerce Parkway
Weston, FL
Support Services
Medical, Music Therapy, Other, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization, Therapy Providers

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Little Peoples Behavior Consulting,Inc
(954) 347-8793
PO Box 6302
Pembroke Pines, FL
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Residential, Social Skills Training, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Autism Consortium of Nova Southeastern Univ.
(954) 262-7168
3301 College Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Support Services
Education, Medical, Therapy Providers

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Cadenza Music Therapy, Inc.
(954) 925-3191
210 S. Federal Hwy, #400-A
Hollywood, FL
Support Services
Adult Support, Behavorial Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Play Therapy, Psychological Counseling, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Fit For Kids
(305) 949-7665
1868 NE 164th st
North Miami, FL
Support Services
Auditory Integration Therapy, Camps, Early Intervention, Medical, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY, Therapy Providers, Tomatis/AIT
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade

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Debra Stauber
(786) 251-5427
19414 40th court
Miami, FL
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Early Intervention, Social Skills Training, Support / Tutoring
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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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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