Autism Therapist Prescott AZ

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.

Arizona Neurofeedback Center, LLC
(928) 350-3016
915 E. Gurley St., Suite 101
Prescott, AZ
Support Services
Sensory Integration, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

Data Provided By:
Christine C Pletkova, MD
3345 N Windsong Dr
Prescott Valley, AZ
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Charles Univ V Praze, Fac Gen Med, Praha, Czechoslovakia
Graduation Year: 1981

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Karen R. Sullivan
(928) 717-0521
143 N. McCormick St., Ste 103
Prescott, AZ
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Psychological Assessment, Problem Related to Abuse or Neglect (e.g., domestic violence, child abuse), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Argosy University - Twin Cities
Credentialed Since: 2001-11-16

Data Provided By:
Peggy Finston Finston
(928) 771-2190
101 E Gurley St
Prescott, AZ
Specialty
Psychiatry

Data Provided By:
Terry Anne Vaughan
(928) 445-5211
625 W Hillside Ave
Prescott, AZ
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Horses with H.E.A.R.T., Inc.
(928) 533-9178
PO Box 186
Dewey-Humboldt, AZ
Support Services
Hippotherapy (Horseback Riding), Therapy Providers

Data Provided By:
Michael Edward Worsley
928-776-6071 x2716
Department of Veteran's Affairs
Prescott, AZ
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Group Psychotherapy, Personality Disorder (e.g., borderline, antisocial), Psychological Assessment, PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Forest Institute of Professional Psychology
Credentialed Since: 2005-08-12

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Prehab of Arizona
(928) 771-0159
1535 Private Rd
Prescott, AZ
Industry
Mental Health Professional

Data Provided By:
Jeffrey Freeman Penney
(928) 445-8400
141 South Mccormick
Prescott, AZ
Specialty
Psychiatry

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West Yavapai Guidance Clinic
(928) 445-5211
505 S Cortez St
Prescott, AZ
Industry
Mental Health Professional, Osteopath (DO)

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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.

• • •

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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