Autism Spectrum Disorder Specialist Weslaco TX

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.

Parents Supporting Parents Network
(888) 857-8688
601 N. Texas Blvd.
Weslaco, TX
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Autism Solutions Center - RGV
(956) 495-6006
Santa Rosa, TX
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Academic Assessments, Behavorial Intervention, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Educational Assessment, Social Skills Training
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Robert R. Somerville, M.D.
(956) 428-0757
720 N. 77 Sunshine Strip
Harlingen, TX
Support Services
Biomedical Intervention, DAN! Pediatrics, Medical

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Lawrence Keyes Wacaser, MD
219 S Cage Blvd Ste 142
Pharr, TX
Specialties
Neurological Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1962

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Miguel Angel Gutierrez
(956) 686-8100
2108 South M St
Mcallen, TX
Specialty
Neurology

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The Arc of Texas in the Rio Grande Valley
(956) 447-8408
601 North Texas Blvd.
Weslaco, TX
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Therapy Providers

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Pathways Autism Center
(956) 664-2800
837 East Esperanza, Suite B
McAllen, TX
Support Services
Occupational Therapy, RDI, Sensory Integration, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Dario Eden Narro, MD
(956) 447-0596
1330 E 6th St Ste 301
Weslaco, TX
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio, San Antonio Tx 78284
Graduation Year: 1993

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Leonardo Garcia-Mendez
(956) 687-3318
110 E Savannah Ave Bldg C201
Mcallen, TX
Specialty
Pediatric Neurology

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Humberto Tijerina
(956) 631-8717
1200 S Col Rowe Blvd
Mcallen, TX
Specialty
Neurosurgery

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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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