Autism Spectrum Disorder Specialist Westport CT

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.

The Hope Center for Autism and Related Disorders, LLC
(203) 227-3383
606 Post Road East
Westport, CT
Support Services
Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Medical, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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John Burke
203-803-5870; (203) 227-3383
606 Post Road East, Suite 529
Westport, CT
Support Services
Therapy Providers

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Fay Murakawa, Ph.D.
(203) 895-1827
23 Sherman Street
Fairfield, CT
Support Services
Medical, Other

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Yachad-Circle of Friends (Freida Hecht)
(203) 866-0534
40 King Street
Norwalk, CT
Support Services
Respite/Childcare/Babysitting, Support Organization

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Lawrence D. Church (Pirro, Church & Cook, L.L.C.)
(203) 853-4999
120 East Ave
Norwalk, CT
Support Services
Legal Services

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Nannies 4 Autistic Children
(203) 227-7564
westport, CT
Support Services
Adult Support, Babysitting / Childcare, Early Intervention, Helpful Websites, Respite, Support / Tutoring
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Kathleen Mitchell, M.S., CCC-SLP
(203) 557-3414 or 203-341-0648
46 Post Road East, Suite 1
Westport, CT
Support Services
Early Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Support Organization, Therapy Providers

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Branches of Hope, Inc
(203) 227-3383
19 Ludlow Road
Westport, CT
Support Services
Academic Assessments, Adult Support, Assistive Technology, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, FastForword, Floortime, Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Support Group Meetings, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Sharon McCloskey
(201) 845-8000
Norwalk, CT
Support Services
Academic Assessments, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Schools, Ages 5 years and Up, Schools, Preschool, Typical, Sensory Integration, Support / Tutoring, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Christopher Allen, R.N.
(203) 838-8381
11 Outlook Dr.
Norwalk, CT
Support Services
DAN! Pediatrics, Medical

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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.

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