Autism Therapist Madison AL

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.

Collaborations CDC
(256) 772-4400
100 Jetplex Blvd SW
Huntsville, AL
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Private School (Integrated), Social Skills Training, Summer Camp/ESY, Support / Tutoring, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool

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ABC Center for Learning
(256) 539-8848
302 Clinton Avenue
Huntsville, AL
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Dr. Lori Kaufman
(256) 882-9777
400 Whitesport Drive SW
Huntsville, AL
Support Services
Medical, Psychological Counseling
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Huntsville Pediatric Associates
(256) 517-2464
1963 Memorial Parkway Southwest
Huntsville, AL
Support Services
Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers

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Dr. Douglas Adams
(256) 355-4461
801 Church St. N.E.
Decatur, AL
Support Services
Behavorial Intervention, Medical, Psychological Counseling
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Applied Behavioral Concepts, Inc.
(256) 783-5151
P. O. Box 6773
Huntsville, AL
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Education, Private School (Integrated), Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten

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SEAC: Huntsville Outreach Office
(256) 882-3911
3322 South Memorial Pkwy., Suite 507
Huntsville, AL
Support Services
Support Organization, Therapy Providers

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Behavioral Intervention Services, Inc.
(256) 527-8061
P. O. Box 4416
Huntsville, AL
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, 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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The Riley Behavioral and Educational Center
(256) 539-5651
300 Clinton Avenue
Huntsville, AL
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Education, Occupational Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), RDI, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Behavioral Guidance, Inc.
(256) 778-0268 or (256) 527-7061
PO Box 4416
Huntsville, AL
Support Services
Behavorial Intervention, Therapy Providers

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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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