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Finding Services for Autistic Children

Expert medical help for complex & medically fragile autistic individuals; traditional and integrative medical therapies for the autistic & special needs population.

The Autism Center, at 266 King George Road, Warren, is quickly expanding its vast range of services. The Autism Think Tank of N.J. provides medical assessments to medically fragile autistic children and adults. A multidisciplinary team of expert senior medical specialists from across the continent meet with parents and doctors in a videoconference setting to review cases, make recommendations and find solutions for the medically complex problems and behaviors of this difficult to treat population.

, the Center's Director and Founder, whose 13-year-old son is autistic, decided that bringing renowned, multidisciplinary expert doctors into one room using videoconferencing was the best way for this team to come together and look for solutions as a group.

When his son was first diagnosed at a young age, Dr. Abend and his wife embarked on a course of exhaustive searches to find solutions for their son's medical and behavioral problems. These searches led to Dr. Abend's vision becoming a reality at the Comprehensive Autism Medical Assessment and Treatment Center. not just to get help for his son, but for other medically fragile autistic children and adults, as well. The Think Tank Team has already helped and continues to work with numerous children and adults from as close as New Jersey to as far away as Boston, the U.K., and Bangladesh.

The Center also provides a wide range of services for the autistic and special needs population and has expanded its traditional therapy program with the addition of Bright Star Therapy, LLC. Bright Star provides a wide range of therapies including Speech-Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Sensory Integration Therapy, and Physical Therapy.  Our integrative medical therapy services include: Therapeutic Touch and Craniosacral Therapy  and Art Therapy.

Look for more therapeutic, supportive, and educational services as we continue to grow and help the autistic and special needs population and families.

We sincerely thank our sponsors, donors, and many volunteers who continue to help support this amazing endeavor.

More information is at 732-667-7778 or our www.autismthinktanknj.com

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julie Powell November 22, 2011 at 11:50 PM
Thank you.
Mary Beth Walsh December 03, 2011 at 11:45 PM
Children with autism deserve evidence based intervention. There is no scientific evidence to support the use of "Sensory Integration" Therapy, Craniosacral therapy, or "Touch Therapy." It is disappointing when medical doctors promote non-science based interventions. Children with autism are not guinea pigs. They have a right to interventions demonstrated by science to actually confer meaningful benefit - just like everyone else does.
Suzanne V Johnson December 05, 2011 at 01:02 PM
Mary Beth, There actually is evidence to support the use of "non scientific" therapies to help the autistic & special needs population Based on the body's reaction to therapies, such as various Touch Therapies, Craniosacral, etc., they are considered "scientific". The release of certain hormones & endorphins, the suppression of cortisol, and most importantly, the ability to bring the system from a sympathetic state (flight or fright) to a parasympathetic state (calm ). In a parasympathetic state, the body is more relaxed, cardiac &respiratory rates are normalized, the digestive process is improved and a state of homeostasis is achieved. There has also been evidence that the Vagus Nerve is activated, which increases gastrointestinal activity, and to a certain degree,also improves language and facial expression. Certainly, these are not "cures" for autism, but do provide for anxiety and stress reduction in the individual. Once stress is reduced, there is overall improved quality of life. Many medical MD's are embracing alternative therapies, based on the "scientific" evidence, as pharmaceutical meds are not always the answer to treatment and/or have undesirable side effects. If a child is in adrenal crisis, meds can take precious time to kick in. Touch Therapy techniques take seconds to avert the self injurious behavior and have no harmful side effects. If you would like more info, please contact me at 732-667-7778 Suzanne V. Johnson, CMT Comprehensive Autism Center
Gary McCready December 05, 2011 at 08:09 PM
Hmm...before therapies become "scientific" aren't they first "non scientific"? I think the only thing required here is honest disclosure regarding the therapy when asked.
Casey December 06, 2011 at 06:40 PM
The program we've been offering at The Brain Balance Achievement Center of Summit, NJ since we opened in August is based on the work of Dr. Robert Melillo, author of "Disconnected Kids." We offer a non-medical, multi-modal approach to addressing the underlying neurodevelopmental problem causing the symptoms associated with disorders such as ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, ASD, Asperger’s, Tourette’s, OCD, PDD/NOS, learning and processing disorders. The program duration is 12 weeks and families see great behavioral, social, and academic improvement. We are happy to speak to parents or caregivers interested in further information on our program. Please contact our center director, Betsy Stoeber. Phone: (908) 517-1101 E-mail: summit@brainbalancecenters.com Website: www.brainbalancecenters.com
Suzanne V Johnson December 07, 2011 at 11:57 AM
Finding the most effective therapy is very confusing and frustrating for parents of special needs children. Unfortunately, there are many "snake oil" treatments/programs, etc.,that only drain the wallet. Also, while some programs/therapies may help some children, they may not be of value for others. Much is trial and error. Parents should take the time to research the program, visit the facility and meet with the therapists, prior to deciding if the treatment plan is appropriate for their child. Suzanne V. Johnson, CMT Integrative Medical Coordinator Comprehensive Autism Center www.autismthinktanknj.com 732 667-7778

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