Autism Therapist Savannah GA

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.

Kicklighter Resource Center
(912) 355-7633
7219 Seawright Drive
Savannah, GA
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Adult Support, Art Therapy, Behavorial Intervention, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Education, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Nutritional Counseling, Other, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Residential, Residential Facility, Respite, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool

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Legends Learning Center
(912) 692-1553
7219 Seawright Drive
Savannah, GA
Support Services
Education
Ages Supported
Preschool

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Coastal Compounding Pharmacy
(912) 354-5188
6709 Forest Park Dr
Savannah, GA
Support Services
Compounding Pharmacies, Labs, Medical

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Ms. Bees Therapeutic Services Inc
(912) 272-2774
11305 White Bluff Road
Savannah, GA
Support Services
Camps, Disability Advocacy, Respite, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting, Summer Camp/ESY
Ages Supported
Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Kevin Joseph Winders, MD
(912) 352-2921
515 E 63rd St
Savannah, GA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1995

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Yusuf (J.P.) Saleeby, M.D.
(912) 201-9464
144 Habersham St.
Savannah, GA
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Biomedical Intervention, DAN! Pediatrics, Medical

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Array of Hope Specialty Care
(912) 353-9885
116 Ogelethorpe Professional Court
Savannah, GA
Support Services
Adult Support, Camps, Respite, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting, Summer Camp/ESY
Ages Supported
Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Candice L. Barnette, MA, CCC-S
(912) 352-4045
6815 Forest Park Drive Suite 124
Savannah, GA
Support Services
ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Other, Social Skills Training, Speech & Language, Speech Therapy
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Khoa Nguyen Vo, MD
(912) 596-7770
5302 Frederick St Ste 107
Savannah, GA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Sc Sch Of Med, Columbia Sc 29208
Graduation Year: 2000

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Mona Steffens Burke, MD
(912) 598-4999
PO Box 15149
Savannah, GA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Md Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21201
Graduation Year: 1964

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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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