Autism Education Facilities Boone NC

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Boone Developmental Evaluation Center
(828) 265-5391
820 State Farm Road, Suite C
Boone, NC
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Camp Sky Ranch
(828) 264-8600
634 Sky Ranch Rd.
Blowing Rock, NC
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Camps, Summer Camp/ESY, Therapy Providers

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Edward L. Lewis
(336) 476-6828
1420 Yokley Rd.,
Thomasville, NC
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Disability Advocacy, Education, Legal Services

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Wake County Autism Society
(919) 459-2544
1206 Lyerly Lane
Cary, NC
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Adult Support, Camps, Education, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Applied Behavior Analysis Center of North Carolina
(336) 251-1180
353 Jonestown Road #188
Winston Salem, NC
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Education, Therapy Providers

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New River Respite Care
(704) 262-9933
404 Oak Summit, 895 State Farm Road
Boone, NC
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Respite, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Autism Society of North Carolina
(919) 743-0204
505 Oberlin Road, Suite 230
Raleigh, NC
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Job Coach, State Resources, State Resources, Education, State Resources, Parent Training, Support / Tutoring, Support Group Meetings

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Easter Seals UCP North Carolina
(919) 783-8898 or (800) 662-7119
2315 Myron Drive
Raleigh, NC
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Adult Support, Assistive Technology, Career Counseling, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Early Intervention, Education, Helpful Websites, Interactive Metronome, Job Coach, Occupational Therapy, Other, Physical Therapy, Private School (Integrated), Residential, Residential Facility, Respite, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech & Language, Speech Therapy, Support Organization, Therapy Providers
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ABA Therapeutic Services
(704) 222-9209
2832 Old Ironside Drive
Charlotte, NC
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ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Academic Assessments, Advocates (Special Education), Art Therapy, Babysitting / Childcare, Behavorial Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Floortime, Helpful Websites, Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Play Therapy, Respite, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, State Resources, Education, State Resources, Parent Training, State Resources, Vocational Rehabilitation Centers, Support / Tutoring, Support
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1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Division TEACCH - Fayetteville
(910) 437-2517
806 Stamper Road, Suite 101
Fayetteville, NC
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Early Intervention, Education, Residential Facility, Support Organization, Therapy Providers

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Teaching Students With Autism About Their Learning Strengths And Weaknesses

Teaching students with autism about their learning strengths and weaknesses

Michelle Garcia Winner

Over the years, I observed so many students get upset by the fact they had “autism” or “Asperger’s Syndrome” or “ADHD” and in as much as they could verbalize these terms aloud they still didn’t seem to understand what their learning challenges actually were.

I also observed many adults explaining to students that the reason they were having difficulty socializing, studying, and learning was that they had “autism” or “Asperger’s Syndrome”, or “ADHD.” I thought this was a really abstract way of explaining to a student with limited abstract thinking how best to understand their own learning challenges. I also have observed that for many of our smart but socially not-in-step students, that they were using their label as an excuse for not working at learning new ideas; they interpreted the fact that they had a diagnostic label as a reason to not continue to learn.

I was also inspired by the writings of those who describe learning abilities and challenges given the framework that each of us have strengths and weaknesses with regards to our own brain’s design of our multiple intelligences (See books by Dr. Mel Levine and Howard Gardner).

Strengths and Weakness Lesson
The lesson I developed is about teaching our students and adults how to understand their social learning challenges in the context of their overall abilities and then how they can use their strengths to learn more strategies related to their weaknesses.

I have done this lesson with students as young as 8 years old and as old as they come.

The lesson is very simple. To save explaining it all with words, see the below chart:


Here are some basic things I do as I develop this type of chart with the student:

1. Each chart is completely personalized for the person I am developing it with. It does not work at recording actual test scores showing actual competencies. The chart is about how the student perceives their own strengths and weaknesses. For this reason, you can create any categories you want.

2. Determine ideas for posting on the chart by taking time to talk to the student and listening to what they enjoy doing and what they feel they do well.

3. Always start by graphing out the strengths. It is good to have many perceived strengths. Again, strengths are not about listing academic tasks exclusively. If someone says they are really good at playing a specific computer game or Legos then we write specifically that into one category.

4. It is also important to find some areas where the student perceives they are just OK at that task, not good, nor bad. They perceive themselves to be similar to the average person in that area of functioning. With kids, you can use language such as:

a. “First tell me what you think you are really good at compared to other kids you know.”

b. After you have listed 3-5 then say, “Now tell me something you are OK at, that you a...

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