- How can therapy help me and my family?
- What therapeutic framework do you use?
- How can your services help Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Asperger’s Syndrome?
- Is my child too young for testing? Am I too old for testing?
- Do you provide therapy for children?
- How do I schedule an appointment?
- What insurance do you take?
- What kind of testing and evaluations do you offer?
- Do you have any sliding scale or pro-bono therapy slots?
- Do you provide group therapy services?
- Do you provide any Dallas therapy services?
An evaluation can provide either a first time diagnosis, which can help access services and resources to aid with behavior and social skills as well as language development. Updated evaluations offer a more accurate view of functioning and progress made, as well as monitor needs as an individual progresses through development. Some training, academic, and service providers require diagnosis reports. A gold standard research based evaluation method is used to provide the most helpful recommendations and results.
While there is no cure for Autism Spectrum Disorder, therapy services can help an individual with ASD or Asperger’s work directly through social skills and social thinking techniques. Autism therapy and Asperger’s therapy techniques can be somewhat different than conventional therapy, as the language impairment means that more interactive and visual supports are helpful. Coping techniques for associated symptoms like anxiety and depression are also addressed in individual therapy. Parent therapy and parenting strategies can help communication and co-parenting techniques, as well as behavioral modification and self-care and coping for parents. Dr. Oppenheimer also works hard to facilitate conversation and treatment consistency between all providers in an effort to support the whole family.
The purpose of any testing or evaluation session is to determine current strengths and needs, The sooner needs are identified in a child, the sooner your child will have access to services and resources necessary to make gains and maximize developmental progress. A child suspected of ASD or a developmental disability can be evaluated as early as 18 months using reliable and research based evaluation methods.
Individuals who have aged out of public school services, or who are currently in the workforce and in relationships may wonder why they are struggling with aspects of life that seemingly come easier to everyone else. An evaluation can help identify strengths and areas of need for older individuals as well, and can help families establish futures planning and needs for guardianship and additional care. Upside Therapy and Evaluation Center is one of the few providers in the area that offers evaluation services throughout the entire lifespan.
Upside Therapy providers are specially trained or have developed interests within a variety of populations across the lifespan. During the course of a normal lifespan many individuals experience physical and emotional stress. However, senior adults in particular may encounter a number of potential triggers that could result in mental illness. Some of these triggers include; physical disability, long-term illness (e.g., heart disease or cancer), loss of a loved one, social isolation, moving into assisted living, and dementia-causing illness (e.g., Alzheimer’s). A senior adult experiencing any of these triggers may not recognize the need to seek help. Awareness of unusual behavioral symptoms by the senior adult’s children, family, caregivers, and physician is critical in order to initiate action. It is important to make sure a senior adult’s mental health needs are being properly taken care of in order to encourage healthy aging.
Although our practice is not a Medicare provider, you may have access to out of network benefits. Please see our insurance guide for more.