Asperger’s Specialist North Kansas City MO

Named after Hans Asperger, the Austrian pediatrician who identified the condition in 1944, Asperger’s syndrome falls on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum. Autism spectrum disorders is an umbrella term covering a host of disorders, including classic autistic disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder–not otherwise specified.

Chitra Chinnaswamy
(816) 454-8475
4444 N Belleview
Kansas City, MO
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Massage Matters
(816) 454-5751
851 NW 45th St
Kansas City, MO
Industry
Massage Practitioner, Mental Health Professional, Psychologist

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Cindy G Ruttan
(816) 474-4920
825 Euclid Avenue
Kansas City, MO
Specialty
Psychiatry, Child Psychiatry

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Alan Glaros
(816) 654-7522
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Kancas City, MO
Services
Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Biofeedback, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Primary Care
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Stony Brook University/SUNY
Credentialed Since: 2004-08-12

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Commcare
(816) 472-9012
106 W 14th St
Kansas City, MO
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Jack Edmisten
(816) 474-4920
825 Euclid Avenue
Kansas City, MO
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Innocent Okwudili Anya
(816) 283-3396
2301 Burlington St Ste 200
North Kansas City, MO
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Bruce Koonts Manley
(816) 223-6128
4380 N Oak Trfy
Kansas City, MO
Services
Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Gender Issues (MenÆs/WomenÆs Issues), Personality Disorder (e.g., borderline, antisocial), Psychological Assessment, Substance-Related Disorder (e.g., abuse or dependency involving drug/alcohol)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Missouri - Kansas City
Credentialed Since: 1999-01-22

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Robert G. Urie
(816) 474-7322
Urie & Urie, Inc.
North Kansas City, MO
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Substance-Related Disorder (e.g., abuse or dependency involving drug/alcohol), Gender Issues (MenÆs/WomenÆs Issues), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Kansas
Credentialed Since: 1982-07-21

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Lilac Center LLC
(816) 221-0305
1029 Pennsylvania Ave
Kansas City, MO
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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By Catherine Guthrie

Lisa Everitt first noticed something awry with her son, Mark, when he turned three. An active and happy infant, he was becoming anxious and depressed. Doctors fingered Everitt’s looming divorce as the source of her son’s moodiness, but the Colorado mom suspected a more profound problem.

Her fear was confirmed when Mark started first grade. Overwhelmed by the chaos of the classroom, she says, he spent much of his time lying on the floor with his hands clapped over his ears. Not knowing where to turn for help, Everitt found herself immersed in a maze of medical jargon and misdiagnoses. “A string of people gave Mark the diagnosis du jour,” she says. “Everyone had an idea of what was wrong with him, and no two people agreed.” Over the next few years, she and Mark hopscotched from one doctor’s office to another. Then, when Mark was in fifth grade, a cognitive behavioral therapist correctly diagnosed him with Asperger’s syndrome. For the first time, Everitt felt like someone understood what she and Mark had been going through. “It was a huge relief,” she says.

Today, Mark is a sophomore in high school and learning what it means to be a typical 16-year-old boy. Like most children with Asperger’s, Mark is bright and articulate but socially awkward. “It’s never the academic stuff that’s a struggle for him,” says Everitt. “It’s more basic than that.” For instance, in the elementary school cafeteria, Mark would stuff his mouth full of food until he literally couldn’t swallow. “It was like he never learned how to chew with his back teeth. No one would sit with him at lunch because he shoved food into his mouth until he choked,” Everitt says. An occupational therapist spent three years teaching Mark how to chew his food.

But as soon as one problem resolves, another springs up to take its place. His Asperger’s makes Mark stand out from the crowd at an age when standing out isn’t cool. “Like many kids with Asperger’s, he’s just not interested in what other people think,” says Everitt. “That can be a good thing when people snub him or tease him,” but it can also be socially isolating.

Asper-what?

Named after Hans Asperger, the Austrian pediatrician who identified the condition in 1944, Asperger’s syndrome falls on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum. Autism spectrum disorders is an umbrella term covering a host of disorders, including classic autistic disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder–not otherwise specified. Unlike kids with classic autism—often first signaled by a language delay—those with Asperger’s hone their language skills early and develop average or above-average intelligence. Mark began talking at 8 months and spoke in complete sentences before his first birthday.

Another clue of Asperger’s is a child’s near-obsession with a singular topic, such as Civil War battles or trading cards. Over the years, Mark’s obsessive tendencies have taken different shapes. Where once it was...

Author: Catherine Guthrie

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