ADDRESS: 350 Braden Ave., Sarasota, FL 34243 PHONE: (941) 355-7637 FAX: (941) 358-3069 Office Hours: 7:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Autism (ASD) and Support Services

building-blocksEasterseals Autism Programs provide a wide variety of interventions that help individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The national Easterseals website has an excellent over here: What Is Autism?

In addition to our services listed below, the Florida State Profile shows the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as information on signs and symptoms of autism.

Comprehensive Diagnostic Clinic

The Diagnostic Clinic provides comprehensive diagnostic evaluations (CDE). We provide this service to the children and adults in our schools and other programs at Easterseals as well as to the community at large. Our services are available to clients age 2 through adulthood. We have a licensed clinical psychologist on staff as well as additional staff trained in administering the Autism Diagnostic Observation System (ADOS-2). The diagnoses that we are equipped to make through our clinic include Autism, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Anxiety Disorders, and any listed in the DSM-5. These evaluations equip parents, teachers, and caregivers with the necessary tools to address the varied needs of the clients we serve.

For further information on services provided through the Diagnostic Clinic, please contact, Theresa Collins at (941) 355.7637 x 432 or tcollins@easterseals-swfl.org.

Counseling and Mental Health Therapy

The mental health program was established in order to address a variety of needs for the clients we serve in preschool through twelfth grade. Through a partnership with Samaritan Counseling Services, we provide this service to our students. Licensed counselors provide counseling sessions to select students who have been identified. Students are referred by the Director of the preschool, the K-12 Principal, teachers, behavior and clinical therapists that work with the students as well as parents and caregivers.

Learn more about our Counseling and Mental Health Therapy by contacting Theresa Collins at (941) 355.7637 x 432 or email tcollins@easterseals-swfl.org.

Samaritan Counseling Services

Music Therapy

Music therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. We have a board-certified, music therapist on staff at Easterseals. Therapy is delivered in group settings in our preschool, K-12 school, and our adult program. Through musical involvement, an individual’s abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of his or her life. For children and adults with disabilities, this can be a valuable tool to address all areas of development as they grow and learn to navigate their world.

Music therapy sessions are also available to those in our community who are interested in this service. For more information contact Theresa Collins at (941) 355.7637 x 432 or email her at tcollins@easterseals-swfl.org.