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Autism Therapy Olympia WA

Local resource for autism therapy in Olympia. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to information on autism, Aspergers syndrome, children with autism, speech therapy, music therapy, and support for special needs children, as well as advice and content on how to cope with and treat autism.

Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council
(800) 634-4473
2600 Martin Way, Suite F, PO Box 48314
Olympia, WA
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Government/State Agency

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Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (Olympia)
(800) 637-5627
PO Box 45340
Olympia, WA
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Other

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Secondary Education and Career Preparation
(360) 753-2062
PO Box 47200
Olympia, WA
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Job Coach, Training/Seminars

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Mental Health Division
(360) 902-0790
Washington State
Olympia, WA
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Government/State Agency, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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Special Education Section- Superint.of Public Education
(360) 753-6733
P.O.Box 47200
Olympia, WA
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Government/State Agency

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Infant Toddler Early Intervention Program
(360) 725-3500
Dept of Social & Health Services, PO Box 45201
Olympia, WA
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Early Intervention, Government/State Agency

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Programs for Children with Disabilities-Ages 3 Through 5
(360) 753-0317
P. O. Box 47200
Olympia, WA
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Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Government/State Agency

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Liliane J. Bartha, MD
(360) 357-6443
PO Box 7572
Olympia, WA
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Biomedical Intervention, Medical, Nutritional Counseling

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Office of Superintendant of Public Instruction
(360) 725-6000
Special Education Dept, Old Capital
Olympia, WA
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Support Organization
Ages Supported
Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Washington State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
(360) 753-3908
PO Box 48314
Olympia, WA
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Government/State Agency

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Altervative Therapies for ADHD - Other therapies

Disorders - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Written by National Health & Medical Research Council of Australia

Other therapies

From time to time other therapies for children with ADHD and learning disabilities are propounded.

Some children's problems are said to be the result of "allergies", and treatment involves sometimes strict diets which exclude the alleged offending foods, or else the daily ingestion of homoeopathic substances which are said to counter the effect of the allergens.

Sometimes children are believed to have deficiencies of certain minerals, diagnosed on the basis of analysis of samples of hair from their scalp, or from the results of "vega testing". The Dunedin study showed no relationship between hair zinc levels and symptoms (McGee, Williams, Anderson et al 1990).

A recent addition to the range of therapies claimed to be effective for children with ADHD, learning disabilities and autism is "sound therapy". This involves initial assessment of "nutritional health", together with assessment of "body structure" by an osteopath, physiotherapist or reflex therapist, as well as "TOVA" and "TOP" tests (which are tests of attention and processing time). No thoroughly researched published data are available regarding these therapies, and there is no theoretical justification for considering their use in children with ADHD (McGee, Stanton and Sears 1993).

Biofeedback has also been suggested as an effective therapy for ADHD but at best might be considered an interesting research or experimental strategy for selected children, and certainly cannot be recommended for general use (Lee 1991; Lubar 1991).

Key points - other management programs

Parents embark on alternative programs for the management of ADHD in their children for a number of reasons. In deciding to undertake a particular intervention strategy, they may be responding to conscious emotions including guilt and frustration, and the feeling that they should actively be doing something for the child. They may conclude that at worst these alternative interventions will not do any harm, and at best they may help the child.

However quite apart from the cost of these programs, which is often considerable, there are a number of ways in which they can have adverse effects on the child and family. First, such interventions may take up valuable time, both in postponing the introduction of an accepted intervention that has been shown to be of benefit in children with ADHD, as well as allowing the child less time for more productive and constructive pursuits. Second, the child with ADHD may be made to feel even worse by claims that his eyes are not working properly or there is something wrong with his brain.

Children with ADHD represent a complex, challenging and often frustrating set of problems for parents and professionals alike. In searching for ways to help these children, it is best to focus only on...

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Autism - Selecting a Treatment Program

Disorders - Autism
Written by National Institute of Mental Health

Selecting a treatment program

Parents are often disappointed to learn that there is no single best treatment for all children with autism; possibly not even for a specific child.

Even after a child has been thoroughly tested and formally diagnosed, there is no clear "right" course of action. The diagnostic team may suggest treatment methods and service providers, but ultimately it is up to the parents to consider their child's unique needs, research the various options, and decide.

Above all, parents should consider their own sense of what will work for their child. Keeping in mind that autism takes many forms, parents need to consider whether a specific program has helped children like their own.

At the back of this pamphlet is a list of books and associations that provide more detailed information about each form of therapy and other resources.

Exploring Treatment Options

Parents may find these questions helpful as they consider various treatment programs:

  • How successful has the program been for other children?
  • How many children have gone on to placement in a regular school and how have they performed?
  • Do staff members have training and experience in working with children and adolescents with autism?
  • How are activities planned and organized?
  • Are there predictable daily schedules and routines?
  • How much individual attention will my child receive?
  • How is progress measured? Will my child's behavior be closely observed and recorded?
  • Will my child be given tasks and rewards that are personally motivating?
  • Is the environment designed to minimize distractions?
  • Will the program prepare me to continue the therapy at home?
  • What is the cost, time commitment, and location of the program?

What Medications are Available?

No medication can correct the brain structures or impaired nerve connections that seem to underlie autism. Scientists have found, however, that drugs developed to treat other disorders with similar symptoms are sometimes effective in treating the symptoms and behaviors that make it hard for people with autism to function at home, school, or work. It is important to note that none of the medications described in this section has been approved for autism by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA is the Federal agency that authorizes the use of drugs for specific disorders.

Medications used to treat anxiety and depression are being explored as a way to relieve certain symptoms of autism. These drugs include fluoxetine (Prozac™), fluvoxamine (Luvox™), sertraline (Zoloft™), and clomipramine (Anafranil™). Some scientists believe that autism and these disorders may share a problem in the functioning of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which these medications apparently help.

One study found that about 60 percent of patients with autism who used fluoxetine became less distrau...

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Unraveling Autism - Treatments

Disorders - Autism
Written by National Institute of Mental Health   

Treatments

The behavioral and cognitive functioning of individuals with autism can improve with the help of psychosocial and pharmacological interventions. 4 Among psychosocial treatments, intensive, sustained special education programs and behavior therapy early in life can increase the ability of children with autism to acquire language and the ability to learn. 4,5 NIMH-funded research teams are evaluating the effectiveness of parent-training interventions that are tailored to the particular characteristics of the child and family.

In adults with autism, some studies have found beneficial effects of the antidepressant medications clomipramine and fluoxetine. 9,10 There is also evidence that the antipsychotic medication haloperidol can be helpful; however, the risk of serious side effects is significant in children. 11

The increasing use of psychotropic medications to treat autism in children has spotlighted an urgent need for more studies of such drugs in youths. A network of five NIMH-supported research centers that combine expertise in psychopharmacology and psychiatry are evaluating the atypical antipsychotic risperidone for reducing aggressive self-injurious behavior in children with autism. Other NIMH research is investigating valproate for diminishing this behavior in adolescents with autism. Studies are examining dose range and regimen of medications, and their mechanisms of action, safety, efficacy, and effects on cognition, behavior, and development.

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National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
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Child and adolescent mental health information:
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All material in this fact sheet is in the public domain and may be copied or reproduced without permission from the Institute. Citation of the source is appreciated.

NIH Publication No. 01-4590

References

1 Bryson SE, Smith IM. Epidemiology of autism: prevalence, associated characteristics, and service delivery. Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews, 1998; 4: 97-103.

2 Fombonne E. Epidemiology of autism and related conditions. In: Volkmar FR, ed. Autism and Pervasive Development Disorders. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1998; 32-63.

3 Volkmar F, Cook EH Jr, Pomeroy J, et al. Practice parameters for the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with autism and other pervasive developmental disorders. American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Working Group on Quality Issues. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psych...

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