Autism Clinic

Saint Sophie's Psychiatric Center

Fargo, North Dakota

Autism Clinic

Autism Clinic
Saint Sophie’s LLC
3201 33rd Street South
Fargo, ND 58104
Phone: (701) 365-4488
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Saint Sophie’s LLC
3201 33rd Street South
Fargo, ND 58104
Phone: (701) 365-4488 How to Get Here
Young Women's Clinic

Our Providers

Payton Piatz, DNP, FNP-C | Saint Sophie's
Payton Piatz DNP FNP-C

Payton graduated from Creighton University with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice.  She also has a B.S. in Nursing from the University of North Dakota.

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jordan wiedmann
Jordan Weidmann, PA-C

Jordan has her Master’s Degree from The University of North Dakota in Physician's Assistant Studies. She also has her Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care.

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Staphanie Akers, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Stephanie is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with Board Certification. She provides psychiatric assessments and medication management.

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Care and Treatment of Autism

  • Overview
  • Treatments
  • Associated Therapies

Autism: What is it?

Autism is a complex, broad-spectrum condition that often first presents itself in childhood. Autism can affect the individual’s social skills, behaviors, and both verbal and non-verbal forms of communication.

Saint Sophies: What can we do to help?

Here at Saint Sophie’s we specialize in medication management. Although there is no medication to “cure” autism spectrum disorder, some medication can treat its symptoms. These symptoms may include but are not limited to anxiety, depression, oppositional behavior, aggression, and attention deficit hyperactive disorder. When symptoms are minimized, it can allow the individual to focus on learning additional skills. Providers at St. Sophie’s can help manage some of these symptoms through prescription medications. These medications are meant to be used in combination with behavioral therapy through outside facilities.

Medication Management of Autism Spectrum Disorder:

According to the National Institute of Health, the following medications could be used to improve symptoms of autism:

  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) – These treat depression and other problems related to chemical imbalances. SSRIs may also reduce repetitive behaviors and decrease anxiety, irritability, tantrums, and aggressive behavior
  • Tricyclics – Another type of antidepressant also used to treat obsessive-compulsive behaviors. These can be more effective than SSRIs for some people
  • Psychoactive or anti-psychotic medications – These can reduce irritability in young people with autism while decreasing hyperactivity and reducing stereotyped behaviors
  • Stimulants – These increase focus and decrease hyperactivity in people with autism. They are particularly helpful for those with mild autism spectrum disorder symptoms
  • Anti-anxiety medications -This group of medications can help relieve the anxiety and panic disorders often associated with autism

When used in a medication management program, these medications can help your child conquer obstacles.

Patient Population specifics:

Ages 4+

What else should you be doing?

  • Behavioral Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Early intervention programs
  • Seeking out school support

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a Clinical Diagnosis, meaning that it is based on observations and self-reports of specific symptoms and developmental difficulties. St. Sophie’s does not currently offer psychological testing to aid in the Diagnosis of Autism but may refer to agencies that do if it appears appropriate.

Autism Resources:

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Fax to (701) 365-0727

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(701) 365-4488


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