Asperger’s Specialist North Royalton OH

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.

Easter Seals Northeast Ohio
(440) 838-0990 (V/TTY); (800) 437-3288
1929 A East Royalton Road
Cleveland, OH
Support Services
Adult Support, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Career Counseling, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Job Coach, Marriage & Family Counseling, Medical, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Private School (Multi-disability), Psychological Counseling, Respite, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY, Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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AchievementCenters for Children
(216) 292-9700
4255 Northfield Rd
Highland Hills, OH
Support Services
Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Early Intervention, Education, Hippotherapy (Horseback Riding), Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY, Support Group Meetings, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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KidsLink Neurobehavioral Center
(330) 963-8600
Twinsburg, OH
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, Doctors, Pediatric Neurologist, Doctors, Pediatrics, Educational Assessment, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Psychological Counseling, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Northeast Care Center
(440) 582-3300
12627 York Rd
North Royalton, OH
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Jane T. Steckler
216-831-6611 ext 225
6929 W 130th St, #604
Parma Heights, OH
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Case West Res U
Credentialed Since: 1976-07-12

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Cuyahoga County Board of Mental Retardation & Developmental Disabilities
(216) 241-8230
1275 Lakeside Avenue East
Cleveland, OH
Support Services
Activities, Adult Support, Assistive Technology, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Early Intervention, Education, Job Coach, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Psychological Counseling, Respite, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Support / Tutoring, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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P.L.A.Y. project
216-736-29331
2421 Community College Avenue
Cleveland, OH
Support Services
Early Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Respite, Sensory Integration, Speech Therapy, Support Group Meetings

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Greater Akron Chapter Autism Society of America
(330) 543-3955
PO Box 2831
Akron, OH
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Adult Support, Art Therapy, Auditory Integration Therapy, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Career Counseling, Compounding Pharmacies, DAN! Pediatrics, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Hippotherapy (Horseback Riding), Job Coach, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Nutritional Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Other, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), Private School (Integrated), Priv
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Baenen Randall S Phd
(440) 234-9955
14843 W Sprague Rd
Strongsville, OH
Industry
Mental Health Professional, Psychologist

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Horia Liviu Craciun
(216) 621-5600
12301 Snow Rd
Parma, OH
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Isolated by Chaos

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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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