Autism Therapist Sioux Falls SD

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.

Childrens Care Hospital & School
(605) 782-2379 or 1-800-584-9294.
2501 W. 26th Street
Sioux Falls, SD
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Adult Support, Art Therapy, Behavorial Intervention, Compounding Pharmacies, Early Intervention, Education, Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Private School (Multi-disability), Psychological Counseling, Research, Research, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Sioux Vocational Services, Inc.
(605) 336-7100
4100 S. Western Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD
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Disability Advocacy, Residential, Residential Facility, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars

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Childrens Care Hospital and School
(605) 782-2300
2501 W. 26th St.
Sioux Falls, SD
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ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Aquatic Therapy, Assistive Technology, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Early Intervention, Education, Government/State Agency, Helpful Websites, Medical, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Private School (Multi-disability), Residential, Residential Facility, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech & Language, Summer Camp/ESY, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Prairie Freedom Center for Independent Living VSA Arts
(605) 367-5630
301 South Garfield Avenue, #9
Sioux Falls, SD
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Disability Advocacy, Other, Residential Facility

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University of South Dakota (UAP) Dept. of Pediatrics
(605) 357-1439
The University of South Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Depart
Sioux Falls, SD
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Disability Advocacy, Medical, Research

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Center for Disabilities AUCD
(605) 357-1439
The University of South Dakota Dept. of Pediatrics
Sioux Falls, SD
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Early Intervention, Government/State Agency, Medical, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars

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Time 2 Shine Therapy
(605) 351-7976
1721 W. 51st St.
Sioux Falls, SD
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ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Assistive Technology, Early Intervention, Occupational Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Verbal Behavior
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Preschool

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Handi-Riders, Inc.
(605) 528-7453
Box 1604
Sioux Falls, SD
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Other, Therapy Providers

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Center for Disabilities
(605) 333-7178
University of South Dakota, School of Medicine, Dept. of Pediatrics, 1100 S
Sioux Falls, SD
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Training/Seminars

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South Dakota Speech-Language-Hearing Association
(605) 331-2927
P.O. Box 308
Sioux Falls, SD
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Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Speech Therapy, Support Organization

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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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