Asperger’s Specialist Wheat Ridge CO

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.

Creative Perspectives, Inc. Autism Center of Colorado
(303) 935-5200
393 South Harlan Street, Suite 120
Lakewood, CO
Support Services
Art Therapy, Camps, Early Intervention, Education, Educational Advocacy, Hippotherapy (Horseback Riding), Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Medical, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Psychological Counseling, Respite, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY, Support Group Meetings, 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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Mile High Climbers
(303) 872-9033
Denver, CO
Support Services
Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Educational Assessment, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Psychological Counseling, Speech Therapy
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Creative Perspectives, Inc. Autism Center of Boulder Valley
(303) 935-5200
1724 Majestic Drive, Suite 108
Lafayette, CO
Support Services
Adult Support, Art Therapy, Camps, Early Intervention, Education, Educational Advocacy, Hippotherapy (Horseback Riding), Marriage & Family Counseling, Medical, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Psychological Counseling, Respite, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY, Support Group Meetings, 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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Richard E Koken
(303) 467-5711
4851 Independence St Ste 270
Wheat Ridge, CO
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Thomas B King
(303) 467-4009
3400 Lutheran Pkwy
Wheat Ridge, CO
Specialty
Psychiatry

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The Aspen Center for Autism
(303) 759-1192
2695 S. Jersey Street
Denver, CO
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Support Organization, Therapy Providers

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Imagine!
(303) 665-7789
1400 Dixon Avenue
Lafayette, CO
Support Services
Behavorial Intervention, Career Counseling, Early Intervention, Education, Job Coach, Marriage & Family Counseling, Nutritional Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Other, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Respite, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Support Organization, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Dr. Liz Turner, D.C.
(303) 877-8960
5412 Idylwild Trail
Boulder, CO
Support Services
Aquatic Therapy, Chiropractors, Doctors, Naturopathic / Homeopathy, Hyperbaric Oxygen Providers, Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment (HBOT), Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Psychological Counseling, Speech Therapy, Support Group Meetings
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Jefferson Center for Mental Health
(303) 425-0300
4851 Independence St Ste 100
Wheat Ridge, CO
Industry
Mental Health Professional, Osteopath (DO)

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David M Shepard
(303) 467-4900
3400 Lutheran Pkwy
Wheat Ridge, CO
Specialty
Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry

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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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