Helmholtzstraße 28, 40215 Düsseldorf, Germany

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Autism Düsseldorf: We help in dealing with the developmental disorder

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As an autism practice in Düsseldorf, we care for children, adolescents and adults affected by autism at Vivare Health Center. According to the current state of research, the developmental disorder cannot be cured, but with professional support, lasting and far-reaching changes in the lives of those affected can be achieved. We would be happy to help you develop social, cognitive and communicative skills, and learn how to cope with everyday life, so that you can master life in a social environment.

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Autism Dusseldorf: Definition

Autism, or autism spectrum disorders (ASD), is a multi-faceted, neurological, and pervasive developmental disorder in which cognitive, language, emotional, and social functioning may be impaired. Individuals with autism spectrum disorder perceive the world differently than those around them and thus often have difficulty in social relationships. Problems arise especially when persons with autism and persons without autism are not aware of the different perceptions and there are communication difficulties or misunderstandings. The difficulty of establishing interpersonal contacts can subsequently promote the occurrence of additional mental disorders and illnesses. Thus, autism spectrum disorder and difficulties in social interaction and communication are often accompanied by mental disorders and illnesses such as phobias, depression, personality disorders, etc.

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09:00 – 18:00


09:00 – 19:00


09:00 – 18:00


09:00 – 17:00


09:00 – 16:00


09:00 – 14:00

The patient requests can be by phone or email be agreed upon.

By phone we are available from 08:00 - 18:00 (MO-FR).


Helmholtzstrasse 28
40215 Düsseldorf

We treat the following forms of autism in Düsseldorf

Early childhood autism

Early childhood autism is the most severe form of autism - usually affected individuals have multiple disabilities. This form is characterized by abnormal or impaired development. The symptoms usually appear in the first months of life, but manifest themselves by the third year of life at the latest. Early childhood autism is often accompanied by a severe delay or disturbance in intelligence and language development, and about 50% of patients also suffer from mental retardation.

Asperger's Syndrome

Asperger's syndrome differs from early childhood autism primarily in that there is often no developmental delay or developmental delay in language or cognitive development. Thus, Asperger's syndrome is considered a milder form of autism and is usually not noticed until after the age of three. People with the disorder have normal, age-appropriate intelligence - and often even particularly high intelligence in special subareas, which means that the disorder usually remains inconspicuous at first.

Atypical autism

Atypical autism is relatively similar to early childhood autism, but differs by the age of the patient or by not meeting diagnostic criteria and underlying symptoms in all areas - i.e., communication, social interaction, repetitive behaviors, and specific interests. Affected individuals with atypical autism thus exhibit atypical age and/or atypical symptomatology. Atypical autism is relatively rare compared to early childhood autism and Asperger syndrome.

Our team for autism

Lea Jung

Child and adolescent psychotherapist

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Archsana Kamalananda

Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

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Kinder- und Jugendpsychologin Melinda Gilhaus

Melina Gilhaus

Mental-functional occupational therapist

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Autism Düsseldorf - Individual support at the Vivare Health Center

Mental illnesses and disorders such as autism can limit the ability to interact and communicate socially with others, and thus have far-reaching effects on school, work, and daily life. Autism usually appears before the age of three, but the disorder can also affect adolescents and adults. However, diagnosing autism in adults is particularly challenging because autism spectrum disorder masks a wide range of symptoms that are often difficult to differentiate from other mental illnesses. In addition, autism spectrum disorder can also lead to other mental illnesses, making diagnosis even more difficult. Therefore, in order to contain the disorder in a targeted and effective manner, it is important to identify autism early and treat it professionally. In addition, due to the different manifestations of autism, individual therapy that is precisely adapted to the needs, goals and strengths of the patient is essential. At Vivare Health Center, we care about your concerns and provide individualized support to help you better cope with autism spectrum disorder.

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Signs of autism in children, adolescents and adults

The symptomatology of autism is as individual as each person – no two autism spectrum disorder sufferers exhibit the same symptoms or behaviors. While some are even mildly affected by individual symptoms, others are severely disabled. Symptoms of autism spectrum disorder include:

  • Difficulties in nonverbal and verbal communication such as avoidance of eye contact, delayed speech and communication development, idiosyncratic speech patterns and problems with facial expressions and gestures
  • Impairments in social behavior such as difficulty establishing relationships and recognizing emotions
  • restricted, repetitive and stereotyped behaviors, interests and rituals, causing difficulty in making small changes in daily life
  • Intensive engagement with very specific interests or objects
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Treatment of autism in Düsseldorf

Autism spectrum disorders are not curable according to current research. However, with professional and individual therapy of the perceptual disorder and behavioral problems, lasting and far-reaching success can be achieved. The treatment of autism in Dusseldorf is carried out at Vivare Health Center on the basis of psychotherapy, occupational therapy and neurofeedback. The therapy is adapted according to the individual symptoms, age, goals and needs of the patient in order to maximize the individual development potentials and to achieve a sustainable alleviation of the symptoms and possible concomitant diseases. We offer both individual and group therapies. The combination of approaches allows us to cover the comprehensive symptomatology of autism and alleviate impairments in perception, language and communication, motor skills, cognition, and psycho-social behavior. By involving caregivers such as parents and teachers as well as the environment, the learned behaviors should then be integrated into everyday life.

Cost for Privately insured / self-pay patients / statutory health insurance patients

Patients with health insurance

Statutory health insurance patients: Statutory health insurance patients can recover the entire cost of psycho-functional occupational therapy, since occupational therapy is a benefit provided by statutory health insurance. Occupational therapy must be prescribed by the treating family physician or a psychotherapist.

Currently, at Vivare Health Center, we provide psychotherapy for children, adolescents and adults exclusively for privately insured or self-pay patients.

Privately insured / self-payer

Privately insured persons: Privately insured persons should inquire before therapy whether and to what extent the costs are reimbursed. Psychotherapeutic services are charged at a factor of 2.5 according to the scale of charges for psychotherapists (GOP). The costs for mental-functional occupational therapy are calculated using the fee schedule for therapists (GebüTh).

Self-payers: The fee for self-payers is also based on the GOP for psychotherapy; for occupational therapy services, the GebüTh is applied.

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Questions and answers about our practice for autism in Düsseldorf

The causes of autism are varied, but experts believe that autism is primarily caused by changes in the genetic makeup, resulting in disturbed information flows in the brain. Autistic people have a different perception than people without autism, which is why there are often problems in social interaction when people with autism and without autism meet and do not know about the different perception. Autism spectrum disorder is usually recognized before the age of 3 and can manifest itself in the following abnormalities:

  • Disruption of social skills
  • Impairment of communication and speech
  • repetitive, stereotypical behaviors and specific interests

However, the symptomatology may differ depending on the autism disorder. While individuals with Asperger’s syndrome usually do not experience language problems, problems with reciprocal social interactions can be observed, as well as restricted, stereotyped, repetitive behaviors and specific interests, which can cause serious social problems. In addition, the disorder is often accompanied by striking clumsiness.

It is important for those affected and their families to know that autism is treatable, but not curable. However, symptoms and social skills can be improved with various methods such as behavioral therapy techniques in occupational therapy and psychotherapy as well as neurofeedback. The success of the treatment depends on the individual characteristics and the social environment of the patient as well as on the type and severity of the autism. In addition, the prognosis depends on possible concomitant diseases such as depression or anxiety disorders. While a mild form of autism such as Asperger’s syndrome is very likely to lead an independent life, people with severe autism are often dependent on help for the rest of their lives. The possible absence of individual diagnostic criteria in atypical autism, for example, does not automatically mean that the autism spectrum disorder is milder and is associated with a better prognosis. This is because the absence of symptoms says nothing about the degree of impairment caused by the other symptoms or any accompanying mental disorders.

Autism is not curable according to current knowledge, but it is treatable. However, many positive changes are achievable through therapeutic and educational encouragement and support. At Vivare Health Center, we focus on behavioral therapy measures in psychotherapy, occupational therapy as well as neurofeedback. The goal of autism therapy is to improve the individual’s symptoms, social skills, and general quality of life. The earlier the diagnosis and treatment, the better the prognosis.

Autism spectrum disorder is associated with altered social interaction. It is therefore especially important for children with autism to have a sensitive, loving and supportive environment. In this context, parents can positively influence the course of the disorder by providing comprehensive information so that interaction behavior and responsiveness in interaction with the child are improved. In addition, professional help should be sought at an early stage. Because autism is not curable, but the symptoms can usually be greatly improved with targeted, early support. Behavioral therapy, which is also used by our team at Vivare Health Center for the treatment of autism, has proven particularly effective in this regard.

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