Autism Therapist Pensacola FL

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.

Behavioral Assessment and Intervention Solutions, Inc
(850) 426-3999
124 Redbreast Lane
Pensacola, FL
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Support / Tutoring, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Tutoring with Autism Specialist
(786) 863-4874
1094 Brownfield Rd
Pensacola, FL
Support Services
Behavorial Intervention, Lindamood Bell, Other, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade

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Autism Society for the Panhandle
(850) 995-0003
4148 N. Cambridge Way
Pace, FL
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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Luis Crisanto Lemus, MD
(850) 469-3714
1221 W Lakeview Ave
Pensacola, FL
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ De El Salvador, Fac De Med, San Salvador, El Salvador
Graduation Year: 1977

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Henry A Doenlen III, MD
(850) 432-1480
600 E Government St
Pensacola, FL
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Languages
English
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1980
Hospital
Hospital: Sacred Heart Hosp Of Pensacola, Pensacola, Fl
Group Practice: Psychological Associates Pa

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Center for Autism and Related Disabilities/ Pensacola
850-484-5040 ext. 1329
5192 Bayou Boulevard
Pensacola, FL
Support Services
Education, Marriage & Family Counseling, Private School (Multi-disability), Support Organization

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The John Maxwell Biasco Foundation For Children with Autism
(850) 932-6079
5030 Mandavilla Blvd.
Gulf Breeze, FL
Support Services
Educational Advocacy, Support Organization

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Panhandle (FL) Chapter ASA
(850) 995-0003
4148 N Cambridge Way
Pace, FL
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

Data Provided By:
Henry A Doenlen, MD
(850) 432-1480
600 E Government St
Pensacola, FL
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Languages
English
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1980

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Robert Scott Benson, MD
(850) 476-0977
5190 Bayou Blvd
Pensacola, FL
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1968
Hospital
Hospital: Sacred Heart Hosp Of Pensacola, Pensacola, Fl; West Florida Reg Med Ctr, Pensacola, Fl
Group Practice: Creekside Psychiatric Ctr

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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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