Autism Spectrum Disorder Specialist Rome GA

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.

Occupational Therapy Consultation
(404) 729-5945
only on the web at this time, GA
Support Services
Assistive Technology, Behavior Assessment, Early Intervention, Educational Assessment, Helpful Websites, Occupational Therapy
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Timothy Warren Phillips
(706) 238-5465
20 Riverbend Dr Sw
Rome, GA
Specialty
Neurosurgery

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Dr.Robert Naguszewski
20 Riverbend Drive
Rome, GA
Gender
M
Speciality
Neurologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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1.8, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Carl Billian
(706) 295-0070
20 Riverbend Dr Sw
Rome, GA
Specialty
Neurology

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Robert K Naguszewski, MD
(706) 295-0070
100 Riverbend Mall SW
Rome, GA
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1984

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Houston Harris Pittman
(706) 295-0070
20 Riverbend Dr Sw
Rome, GA
Specialty
Neurosurgery

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William K Naguszewski, MD
(706) 295-0070
100 Riverbend Mall SW
Rome, GA
Specialties
Neurology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1984

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Houston Harris Pittman, MD
(706) 295-0070
20 Riverbend Dr SW
Rome, GA
Specialties
Neurological Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1969
Hospital
Hospital: Floyd Med Ctr, Rome, Ga; Redmond Reg Med Ctr, Rome, Ga
Group Practice: Coosa Medical Group

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Carl Joseph Herring, MD
(706) 295-0070
20 Riverbend Dr SW
Rome, GA
Specialties
Neurological Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1984

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Carl Billian, MD
(706) 295-0070
20 Riverbend Dr SW
Rome, GA
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1987

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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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Walk Now for Autism Speaks: Georgia
Dates: 5/18/2014 – 5/18/2014
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Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders - Navigating the Disorder
Dates: 5/16/2014 – 5/16/2014
Location:
Marcus Autism Center Atlanta
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Introduction to Behavior Management and Teaching
Dates: 6/4/2014 – 6/6/2014
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Marcus Autism Center Atlanta
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ABA in Your Home: Task Analysis, Discrete Trial, and Natural Environment Teaching Strategies
Dates: 6/19/2014 – 6/20/2014
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