Autism Therapist Kapaa HI

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.

Catherine Wilson, M.Ed., BCBA
(808) 292-7968
P.O. Box 375
Kilauea, HI
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Elinor Eastman Weeks, MD
(808) 245-3219
PO Box 4034
Lihue, HI
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1963

Data Provided By:
Jackie L. Guadagnoli
(808) 246-1114
2970 Kele St, Ste 109
Lihue, HI
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Life Threatening/Terminal Disease, Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Stress Management or Pain Management
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: New Mexico State University
Credentialed Since: 2000-08-07

Data Provided By:
Gerald James McKenna
(808) 246-0663
4374 Kukui Grove St
Lihue, HI
Specialty
Neuropsychiatry

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Krishna Kumar
(808) 332-8433
4100 Oni Pl
Kalaheo, HI
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Kauai Office of Special Education
(808) 274-3504
3060 Eiwa Street
Lihue, HI
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Other

Data Provided By:
Robert A. Horne
(808) 245-6116
5733 Koali Street
Kapaa, HI
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Psychological Assessment, Family Psychotherapy
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Alliant International University - Los Angeles
Credentialed Since: 1981-01-02

Data Provided By:
Dianne M. Gerard
(808) 246-4501
4371 Puaole St, Suite B
Lihue, HI
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Family Psychotherapy, Problem Related to Abuse or Neglect (e.g., domestic violence, child abuse), Psychological Assessment
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Michigan State University
Credentialed Since: 1988-03-14

Data Provided By:
Kenneth W. Gilstein
(808) 652-9422
3579 Kaloke Road
Kalaheo, HI
Services
Family Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, Psychological Assessment, Individual Psychotherapy, Clinical Neuropsychological Assessment
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Utah State University
Credentialed Since: 1983-03-10

Data Provided By:
Dawson Joan Psyd
(808) 822-5881
4566 Ohia
Kapaa, HI
 
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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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