Autism Therapist West Hartford CT

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.

Connecticut Department of Developmental Services- Birth to Three System
(866) 888-4188
460 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Floortime, Government/State Agency, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech & Language, Speech Therapy
Ages Supported
Preschool

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Innovative Autism Network
(860) 351-5407
Plainville, CT
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavior Assessment, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade

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River Street Autism Program
(860) 298-9079
601 River Street
Windsor, CT
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Assistive Technology, Behavorial Intervention, Doctors, Pediatric Neurologist, Doctors, Pediatrics, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Residential, Schools, Ages 5 years and Up, Schools, Preschool, Typical, Sensory Integration, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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River Street School
(860) 298-9079
601 River Street
Windsor, CT
Support Services
Education, Marriage & Family Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY, Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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CT FEAT
(860) 571-3888
P.O. Box 370352
West Hartford, CT
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization, Therapy Providers

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Autism Spectrum Differences Institute of New England, Inc.
(860) 257-9911
2189 Silas Deane Highway
Rocky Hill, CT
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, Academic Assessments, Adult Support, Assistive Technology, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Early Intervention, Floortime, Job Coach, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Play Therapy, Research, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Creative Development, LLC
(860) 284-9779
124 Simsbury Road
Avon, CT
Support Services
Adult Support, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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River Street School Capitol Region Ed. Council (Rosemarie Saccomandi)
(860) 298-9079
601 River St.
Windsor, CT
Support Services
Occupational Therapy, Other, Physical Therapy, Sensory Integration, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers

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Susan Allender, M.S.
(860) 646-4446
222 McKee St.
Manchester, CT
Support Services
ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Independent Living Centers, Residential, Respite, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Creative Interventions, LLC
(860) 413-9538
15 School Street
East Granby, CT
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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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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