Autism Therapist Owensboro KY

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.

Bluegrass Rehab Center
(270) 688-8055
Owensboro, KY
Support Services
Assistive Technology, Behavorial Intervention, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Occupational Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Surendar C Malani, MD
(502) 689-6800
4317 Edgewood Ct
Owensboro, KY
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Grant Med Coll, Univ Of Bombay, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1970

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Marcial Serrano, MD
(270) 689-6800
10 Hilltop Dr
Owensboro, KY
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Central Del Caribe Sch Of Med, Bayamon Pr 00621
Graduation Year: 1987

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Lawrence Michael Katz, MD
(812) 426-9551
4539 Prescot Dr
Newburgh, IN
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1988
Hospital
Hospital: Welborn Mem Baptist Hosp, Evansville, In; Deaconess Hosp, Evansville, In
Group Practice: Welborn Clnc

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The Counseling Center
(270) 689-3884
101 E 2nd St
Owensboro, KY
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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The Owensboro Area Autism Support System (OAASS)
(270) 686-8517
Green Therapy Pavilion
Owensboro, KY
Support Services
Adult Support, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization

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Andrew Carlo A Sedillo, MD
Owensboro, KY
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ De Monterrey, Fac De Med, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1992

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David Kent Hilton, MD
(812) 423-7791
2099 Willow Lake Dr
Newburgh, IN
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1987

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Louis Byron Cady, MD
(812) 429-0772
4727 Rosebud Ln
Newburgh, IN
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Branch Galveston, Galveston Tx 77550
Graduation Year: 1989
Hospital
Hospital: Dearborn County Hosp, Lawrenceburg, In; St Marys Med Ctr Of Evansville, Evansville, In
Group Practice: Louis B Cady Inc

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Chapman Scott Md
(270) 685-2392
1000 Breckenridge St
Owensboro, KY
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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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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