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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 ...
Autism : Sex, Puberty & Relationships
Dates: 3/15/2014 – 3/15/2014
Shivela Middle School� Murrieta
24515 Lincoln Ave
National speakers Jerry & Mary Newport, Catherine Davies, M.Ed, Melissa Dubie, MS and Stacy F. Everson �will discuss hygiene issues, touching self or others inappropriately in public, undressing in public, talking about sex, masturbation, dating skills, stalking behavior and more!
8th Annual Jimmies Invitational Charity Golf Tournament
Dates: 5/1/2014 – 5/1/2014
Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club Mission Viejo
26772 Avery Pkwy
The 8th Annual Jimmies Invitational Charity Golf Tournament benefiting�TACA�(Talk About Curing Autism) will be held on Thursday May�1st 2014 (12:30�shotgun start) at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, CA. TACA is a national non-profit organization based in Irvine, dedicated to educating, empowering and supporting families affected by autism. Come join us for a fun day of golf on one of Orange County's finest courses, while supporting a great cause. Four person scramble format. Entry fee of only $150 per player includes green fees, cart, range balls, lunch and dinner reception. Many great contest, raffle and auction prizes to be won! Visit�jimmiesgolf.com�to�get more information.
Orange County National College Fair
Dates: 4/27/2014 – 4/27/2014
Anaheim Convention Center: Hall E Anaheim
800 West Katella Avenue
Autism Awareness Night with the LA Galaxy
Dates: 5/25/2014 – 5/25/2014
STUB HUB Center Carson
18400 S Avalon Blvd
Please join Autism Speaks for Autism Awareness Night with the LA Galaxy on Sunday, May 25th, 2014 at the STUB HUB Center!! Watch our LA Galaxy vs. Philadelphia Union. Game Starts at 5:00pm. A portion of ticket sales will benefit Autism Speaks. Stay tuned for more information.
FRED 2014 Conference
Dates: 3/28/2014 – 3/29/2014
LAX Marriott Hotel Los Angeles
5855 W Century Blvd
The FRED Conference is THE opportunity to join a national coalition of special needs professionals and families. We share information and advance adult living options for people with disabilities to live with meaning and purpose.Understand more about housing, employment and recreation for current and future generations of adults with special needs.Learn what exists today, best practices and how to get started with new cutting edge communities. Be part of an ongoing discussion to build a future and change lives.