Autism Therapist Kansas City KS

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.

Childrens Mercy Hospital - Developmental & Behavioral Sciences
(816) 234-3674
2401 Gillam Road
Kansas City, MO
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Early Intervention, Medical, Therapy Providers

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Childrens TLC
(816) 756-0780
3101 Main St.
Kansas City, MO
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Early Intervention, Therapy Providers

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Individualized Behavior Solutions, LLC
(913) 522-4775
PO Box 901863
Kansas City, MO
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ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Social Skills Training, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
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Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Successful Sounds
(913) 383-8465
6800 West 80th Street
Overland Park, KS
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ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Auditory Integration Therapy, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Floortime, Interactive Metronome, Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Play Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), Private School (Integrated), Schools, Preschool, Typical, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY, Support / Tutoring, Support Group Meetings, Swimming Lessons, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
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Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Whole Body Health
(913) 961-6308
11791 W. 112th St
Overland Park, KS
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Behavorial Intervention, Biomedical Intervention, Early Intervention, Medical, Nutritional Counseling, Play Therapy, Therapy Providers
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Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Child Development Unit Kansas University LEND
(913) 588-5900
University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, KS
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Early Intervention, Medical, Support Organization, Therapy Providers

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Michelle R. Macrorie, PsyD
(913) 262-5700
6811 Shawnee Mission Pkwy
Overland Park, KS
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Behavior Assessment, Educational Assessment, Psychological Counseling
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Kindergarten,Preschool

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ABCnD Enterprises LLC
(816) 931-8300
3930 Washington St.
Kansas City, MO
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Education, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Other, Play Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
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Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Dr. John Metzger
(913) 469-8686
11248 Strang Line Road
Lenexa, KS
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Other, Therapy Providers

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Applied Behavior Analysis Associates
816-743-9281 or 660-543-4836
8705 Glenwood Avenue
Raytown, MO
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Education, Medical, Other, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
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Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 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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