Autism Education Facilities Port Saint Lucie FL

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Treasure Coast Autism Support Group
(772) 878-7036
2195 SE Airoso Blvd.
Port Saint Lucie, FL
Support Services
Support Group Meetings, Support Organization

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Parent to Parent of St. Lucie County
(561) 465-1786
5006 Citrus Ave.
Ft. Pierce, FL
Support Services
Support Group Meetings, Support Organization

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Maggie Pearl, MS BCBA
(954) 445-5140
Stuart, FL
Support Services
ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Academic Assessments, Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Educational Assessment, RDI, Social Skills Training
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Autism Behavioral Center - PRBAI
(321) 427-7005
401 N Wickham Road Suite 129
Melbourne, FL
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Education, Educational Advocacy, Government/State Agency, Marriage & Family Counseling, Medical, Private School (Autism Only), Research, Research, Social Skills Training, Summer Camp/ESY, Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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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 Risk & Safety Management
(772) 398-9756
2338 SE Holland Street
Port St. Lucie, FL
Support Services
Other, 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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Developmental Services
(772) 595-3773
311 S. 2nd St.
Fort Pierce, FL
Support Services
Government/State Agency

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Shannon Moss, M.A., BCBA
(813) 621-3223
6400 East Chelsea Street
Tampa, FL
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Academic Assessments, Aquatic Therapy, Assistive Technology, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, State Resources, Education, Summer Camp/ESY, Support / Tutoring, Support Group Meetings, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Advocacy, Consulting, Childrens Exceptional Learning (ACCEL)
(904) 744-5419
Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville, FL
Support Services
Education, Therapy Providers

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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
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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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