- Published on
- Aug 12th 2022
Therapies and resources for children with autism disorders
If you know one child with autism, you know one child with autism.
For parents who just learned their child's diagnosis of autism or other developmental disabilities, it is a fight to accept and move forward with the new reality. Almost all the parents struggle with the diagnosis for their child, thinking about their tomorrow, and their future. It is OK to feel this way. This child will be able to grow, learn, gain new skills and advance to their potential.
Autism Spectrum Disorder. As the name suggests, autism is a broad spectrum of symptoms. Autism symptoms can vary from child to child. There are three diagnostic levels.
- Level 1 - who do not require significant support.
- Level 2 - requires some support.
- Level 3 - who require substantial support.
The first step for parents is to educate themselves about the diagnosis. Change or adjust the child's daily environment to meet the child's needs. Every child with autism is unique and different. Some of the areas where children with autism have difficulties are social situations, making eye contact, pretend play, rigid about their daily schedules, etc.
Many children with autism are visual learners. At a young age, they will benefit from visual presentations as a supplement to verbal language. PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), sign language, etc. can be used as a supplement while talking verbally with your child. Consult your speech therapist to see if it's a good tool for your child.
Daily structured environment
Children with autism function better if they are in a structured environment. A visual schedule for the day with pictures and/or words can help them get ready for the day. Give them a visual warning before the activity must end, like five minutes left or so. There are apps and visual timers available that can help achieve this task.
Sensory integration challenges
Many children with autism also struggle with sensory integration. Sensory integration difficulties mean they process their five senses differently than typical children. They can be hypersensitive (want to avoid stimuli) or hyposensitive (want to seek out stimuli). The more aware parents are of the child's sensory preferences, they can make the environment more comfortable for the child.
There are many therapies, treatments, and alternative treatments available for autism and related developmental disabilities. It is very important that the treatment focuses on the child's specific needs. Here are a few therapies and some providers in the RTP area referred by the RTP Special Needs Families.
- Speech-language therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Early intervention
- Social skills training
- Applied behavior therapy
- Behavior management therapy
- Cognitive behavior therapy
- Medication treatment
- Nutrition therapy
- Play therapy
If you have any questions, please contact your healthcare provider who specializes in this field. Below you can find a list of helpful contacts that we have collected. NOTE: This is not a recommendation of any kind. Our intention here is to only serve as a starting point for your needs.
Developmental Therapy Associates - Cary and Durham
Breakthrough Pediatrics - 981 High House Rd Suite 100, Cary, NC 27513
Sensory Integration Therapy
- Emerge Pediatrics - Cary, Carrboro and Durham
Pediatric Therapy Associates - Cary, Raleigh and Garner
Innovative Therapy - 2180 N Salem St. Ste 103. Apex, NC 27523
Little Bug Speech Therapy - 800 W Williams St STE 231-N, Apex, NC 27502
Care First Rehab - 100 Cornerstone Dr, Cary, NC 27519
Therapy Smarts - One-on-one therapy in the client's preferred environment like home/day care/schools.
- Move with me PT. They offer home-based therapy.
- Voices Together - 88 Vilcom Center Drive, Suite 100, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Applied behavior analysis (ABA)
- Meredith College - Raleigh. Any person who has a child on the autism spectrum who is 4.5 years or younger and lives within a 25 mile radius of Meredith College can submit an application
- Autism Society of NC - Raleigh - Autism Resource Specialists are all parents of children or adults with autism themselves, so they have firsthand knowledge and a unique understanding of what you are going through. They also are trained professionals with many years of experience, and their assistance is free of charge.
- Whole Child Behavioral Interventions Inc - Hillsborough
- Butterfly Effects LLC - Raleigh
- Hands Center for Autism - Cary
- Carolina Center for ABA
- Gemstones ABA
- Key Autism Services - Raleigh
- Mosaic Therapy
- Cardinal Center - 956 W Chatham St, Cary, NC 27511
Lab for Blood Draw
- REX Hospital Lab 919-784-6060
- Cary Developmental Pediatrics Dr. Moran
- Apex Pediatrics Dr.Bowman
- Raleigh Neurology - Dr. Milowic
Special Ed Tutor
Leslie Hill 919-412-7234
Special Needs Will/Trust/Estate Planning
- Glass Law NC
- Law Office of MRH (Michelle rogers Humphres)
- Nova Chat
- Tobi Dynavox
Private Schools for Special Needs
- Learn With the Best - 4900 Waters Edge Dr #100, Raleigh, NC 27606
- Mariposa School for Children with Autism - 203 Gregson Dr, Cary, NC 27511
- Hope Creek Academy - 4723 Erwin Rd, Durham, NC 27705
- The Fletcher Academy - 400 Cedarview Ct, Raleigh, NC 27609
- Jordan Lake School of the Arts - 1434 Farrington Rd, Apex, NC 27523
- Hill Learning Center - Half-day School. 3200 Pickett Rd, Durham, NC 27705
Anjali Shroff Founder, President, Executive Director Asha Foundation - RTP Special Needs Families https://www.ashaofrtp.org MISSION: To raise Awareness and Acceptance for differently-abled individuals and to Empower them by means of providing life-enriching workshops, inclusive programs with similar age groups in our community, and training workshops for parents and other caregivers. Currently, Asha Foundation is serving families in the greater triangle area. Donations: https://www.ashaofrtp.org/home/donate Facebook: RTP Special Needs Families Support Groups
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