Autism Therapist West Jordan UT

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.

Rehab- Taylorsville
(801) 840-4376
3845 W 4700 S
Taylorsville, UT
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Sensory Integration, Therapy Providers

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Redwood Learning Center
(801) 523-0715
P.O. Box 902277
Sandy, UT
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Therapy Providers
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Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Julien Smith, Ph.D.
(801) 596-2347
Childrens Neurodevelopmental Service, Inc.
Salt Lake City, UT
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Behavior Assessment, Educational Assessment, Psychological Counseling
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1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Wendy R. (Morris) Hillier
(801) 531-7238
Salt Lake City, UT
Salt Lake City, UT
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Therapy Providers

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Autism Support Connections, LLC
(801) 292-5470
380 North 1000 East
Bountiful, UT
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Residential Facility, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting, Therapy Providers

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Kids World Preschool
(801) 243-4991
1328 W Stern Dr
Salt Lake City, UT
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Autism Assessment & Treatment Center
(801) 386-8069
4505 S Wasatch Blvd
Salt Lake City, UT
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Academic Assessments, Behavior Assessment, Early Intervention, Educational Assessment, Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Psychological Counseling, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Support Group Meetings
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Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Access Utah Network
(801) 533-4636
155 South 300 West suite 100
Salt Lake City, UT
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Early Intervention, Support Organization, Therapy Providers
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Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Judith Miller, Ph.D.
(801) 585-1212 or 801-581-3936
The University of Utah, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry , Specialty Clinic, 4
Salt Lake City, UT
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Other, Psychological Counseling

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Dr. Lori Lichte-Brill
(623) 850-8954
Utah Center for Young Children4505 Wasatch Blvd
Salt Lake City, UT
Autism assessment/evaluation/treatm, Child or Adolescent, Parenting
School: Argosy University
Year of Graduation: 2009
Years In Practice: 10 Years
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Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Children
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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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