Autism Spectrum Disorder Specialist Lebanon MO

Although the cause or causes for autism remain elusive, we do know what autism is not. It is not a mental illness nor is it a behavioral problem of unruly kids, and it does not have a clear-cut, direct genetic link.

ABCnD Enterprises LLC
(816) 931-8300
3930 Washington St.
Kansas City, MO
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Education, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Other, Play Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
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Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Camp Fire USA National Headquarters
(816) 285-2010
1100 Walnut Street, Suite 1900
Kansas City, MO
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Summer Camp/ESY

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Dayna F. Deck
(314) 721-2500
6609 Clayton Rd., Suite One East
St. Louis, MO
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Legal Services

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Division of Special Education
(573) 751-5739
Dept. of Elem. and Secondary Edu., P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO
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Government/State Agency

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Individualized Behavior Solutions, LLC
(913) 522-4775
PO Box 901863
Kansas City, MO
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ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, 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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Central Missouri Chapter ASA
(660) 429-6409
1226 Pembrooke Drive
Warrensburg, MO
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Support Organization

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ABA Consulting Services LLC
(314) 479-8083
444 Sovereign CT Suite A
St. Louis, MO
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Play Therapy, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
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Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade

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Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association (Central Office)
(888) 729-6742
901 Missouri Boulevard, PMB 355
Jefferson City, MO
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Other

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Department of Elementary & Secondary Education
(573) 751-4212
PO Box 480
Jefferson City, MO
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Government/State Agency

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Lisa B. Dibler, O.D.
(636) 527-8877
171 Lamp & Lantern Village
Town & Country, MO
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Other, Therapy Providers

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Healing the Many Faces of Autism

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By Sheldon Lewis & Linda Sparrowe

Nicky’s daycare teacher Elise brought it to Kara’s attention first. “Your son’s not really interacting with the other kids,” she told her. Every day when he comes in two-and-a-half-year-old Nicky must walk a particular path in the exact same way before he can acknowledge anyone in the room, Elise said. He carefully lines up all his toys, always in the same manner, but he never plays with them. He doesn’t look at anyone else, but even the slightest noise or a gentle touch can immediately cause him to scream in terror. Doctors soon confirmed what Elise and Kara expected: Nicky was autistic. Their recommendations: speech and occupational therapy, but beyond that, they cautioned, there wasn’t much anyone could do.

Kara immediately began learning all she could about autism and discovered that there were, indeed, plenty of avenues to explore and approaches to try. They ran the gamut from changing Nicky’s diet to using behavioral modification techniques, from giving him weekly massages and high doses of vitamins to introducing him to martial arts. “What I did discover,” Kara said, “was that not every therapy works for every kid. And a combination seems to work the best.”

More than one disorder
The problem, of course, is that autism isn’t any one thing, nor does everyone exhibit the same characteristics of the condition. First discovered in 1943 by Leo Kanner, a physician at Johns Hopkins Hospital, autism is a developmental disability that typically manifests within the first three years of a child’s life. Four times more likely to affect boys than girls, autism’s symptoms include the inability to communicate with and relate to people, unusual or very limited interests, severe gastrointestinal problems, and hypersensitivity to any of the senses. Sometimes autistic children will also exhibit self-destructive behavior.

Around the same time that Kanner discovered autism, a German scientist, Dr. Hans Asperger, identified what he called an “autistic” condition, which later became known as “Asperger’s syndrome.” People with Asperger’s tend to be highly intelligent and very verbal—the opposite of those with “classic autism” who are often nonverbal and socially isolated—and may have a compulsive interest in, and encyclopedic knowledge about, a specific topic or special interest.

Today both conditions are classified as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), a header that includes Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) or atypical autism, Rett Syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder (CDD), and some say Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) as well.

And the cause is?
Although the cause or causes remain elusive, we do know what autism is not. It is not a mental illness nor is it a behavioral problem of unruly kids, and it does not have a clear-cut, direct genetic link.

In 1964, Bernard Rimland, a psychologist and father of a son with autism, wrote a book, Infantile Autism...

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