Autism Therapist Mcallen TX

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.

Pathways Autism Center
(956) 664-2800
837 East Esperanza, Suite B
McAllen, TX
Support Services
Occupational Therapy, RDI, Sensory Integration, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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The Arc of Texas in the Rio Grande Valley
(956) 447-8408
601 North Texas Blvd.
Weslaco, TX
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Therapy Providers

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Alejandro D Kudisch, MD
(956) 687-3000
PO Box 2078
McAllen, TX
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Univ Auto De Nuevo Leon, Fac De Med, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1986

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Robert Arthur Mosqueda, MD
(956) 972-1234
2113 S Bentsen Rd
McAllen, TX
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Branch Galveston, Galveston Tx 77550
Graduation Year: 1990

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Guillermo Ernesto Palomo, MD
(956) 686-6991
Plaza De Lagos 3532 Plazas Del Lago Dr
Edinburg, TX
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ De El Salvador, Fac De Med, San Salvador, El Salvador
Graduation Year: 1955

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Wiggles Childrens Rehab
(956) 585-2439
2011 E Griffin Pkwy.
Mission, TX
Support Services
Nutritional Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Other, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Support Organization, Therapy Providers

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Parents Supporting Parents Network
(888) 857-8688
601 N. Texas Blvd.
Weslaco, TX
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Daniel Gutierrez, MD
(956) 682-8800
712 Lindberg Ave
McAllen, TX
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ De Montemorelos, Esc De Med, Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1986

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Diego Rodriguez, MD
(956) 687-8000
801 E Nolana St Ste 9
McAllen, TX
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ De Antioquia, Fac De Med, Medellin, Colombia
Graduation Year: 1962

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Wilfredo Aulio Aviles, MD
(956) 968-3111
1313 E 6th St
Weslaco, TX
Specialties
Pediatrics, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ De El Salvador, Fac De Med, San Salvador, El Salvador
Graduation Year: 1970

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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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