Autism Therapist Wheeling WV

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.

Augusta Levy Learning Center
(304) 242-6722
16 Ridgecrest Road
Wheeling, WV
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Education, Private School (Autism Only), Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten

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Mirza Vazquez Carrero, MD
2000 Eoff St Ste 70
Wheeling, WV
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Ponce Sch Of Med, Ponce Pr 00732
Graduation Year: 1985

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R Dean Coddington, MD
(740) 695-4805
68370 Rolling Acres
Saint Clairsville, OH
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Rochester Sch Of Med & Dentistry, Rochester Ny 14642
Graduation Year: 1951

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John F. McFadden
(304) 232-7232
1025 Main Street
Wheeling, WV
Services
Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Individual Psychotherapy, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Hahnemann University
Credentialed Since: 1982-12-08

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Wellspring Family Services
(304) 242-7060
2606 National Rd
Wheeling, WV
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Vilja Kreek Stein, MD
(304) 232-5133
83 Raven Ave
Wheeling, WV
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19104
Graduation Year: 1963
Hospital
Hospital: Ohio Valley Med Ctr, Wheeling, Wv
Group Practice: Vilja K Stein & Assoc

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Alfredo A Aguirre, MD
(304) 234-8596
2000 Eoff St # 704
Wheeling, WV
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Univ Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Prog Acad De Med, Lima, Peru
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: Ohio Valley Med Ctr, Wheeling, Wv
Group Practice: Park Valley Behavioral Health

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Kasiraja Sathappan, MD
(740) 695-4026
157 E Lawn Ave
St Clairsvle, OH
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Madras Med Coll, Dr M G R Med Univ, Madras, Tn, India
Graduation Year: 1985
Hospital
Hospital: Belmont Comm Hosp, Bellaire, Oh
Group Practice: Tristate Behavioral Health

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Paul Basil Papadimitriou
(304) 234-8810
2000 Eoff St
Wheeling, WV
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Frank Paul James
(304) 234-8517
2101 Jacob St
Wheeling, WV
Specialty
Psychiatry, Child Psychiatry

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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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