Autism Education Facilities Lakeland FL

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Central Florida Autism Institute
(863) 680-1396
839 Sagamore Street
Lakeland, FL
Support Services
Support Organization

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PEACE (Parental Education and Encouragement for Autism in Children Everywhere
863-686-1221 ext 228
1021 Lakeland Hills Blvd
Lakeland, FL
Support Services
Support Group Meetings, Support Organization
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade

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UM Center for Autism and Related Disabilities
1-800-9-AUTISM or (305) 284-6563
5665 Ponce de Leon Boulevard
Coral Gables, FL
Support Services
Behavorial Intervention, Education, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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Palm Beach School for Autism
(561) 582-1645
1199 West Lantana Road
Lantana, FL
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Camps, Education, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY
Ages Supported

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College Living Experience
(800) 486-5058
6555 Nova Drive, Ste 300
Davie, FL
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Adult Support, Career Counseling, Education, Educational Advocacy, Job Coach, Private School (Multi-disability), Residential, Residential Facility, Social Skills Training
Ages Supported

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Law Office of J.N. Baron, P.A.
(941) 687-1755
P.O. Drawer 1088
Lakeland, FL
Support Services
Legal Services

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Center for Autism and Related Disabilities/ Tallahassee
850-644-4367 or 800-769-7926
625 B North Adams Street
Tallahassee, FL
Support Services
Education, Marriage & Family Counseling, Private School (Multi-disability)

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Autism Consortium of Nova Southeastern Univ.
(954) 262-7168
3301 College Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Support Services
Education, Medical, Therapy Providers

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South Florida Child Development Center (Angela M. Gonzalez)
(305) 733-5918
7600 SW 104 Street
Miami, FL
Support Services
Education, Social Skills Training

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Center for Autism and Related Disabilities/ Gainesville
800-754-5891 or 352-846-2761
PO Box 100234
Gainesville, FL
Support Services
Education, Helpful Websites, Private School (Multi-disability)

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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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