Autism Education Facilities Virginia Beach VA

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Tidewater Center For Technology Access
(757) 263-2800
Laskin Road Annex
Virginia Beach, VA
Support Services
Assistive Technology, Early Intervention, Education, Other, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Eastern Auditory Retraining Services
(757) 373-7102
Virginia Beach, VA
Support Services
Auditory Integration Therapy, Hearing & CAPD Testing, Support / Tutoring, Tomatis/AIT
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Montessori Academy of VA
(757) 497-9644
424 Edwin Dr
Virginia Beach, VA
Support Services
Early Intervention, Private School (Autism Only)
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,Preschool

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Autism Network for Hearing and Visually Impaired Persons
(757) 428-9036
7510 Ocean Front Avenue
Virginia Beach, VA
Support Services
Other, Support Organization

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Autism & Sensory Impairments Network
(757) 428-9036
7510 Oceanfront Avenue
Virginia Beach, VA
Support Services
Other

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Malcolm Higgins, Esq.
(757) 463-9000
641 Lynnhaven Pkway, Suite 200
Virginia Beach, VA
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Legal Services

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Inclusion Support Services
(757) 437-4858
Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation, 2289 Lynnhaven Parkway
Virginia Beach, VA
Support Services
Government/State Agency, Support Organization

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EQUI-KIDS Therapeutic Riding Program
(757) 425-8833
PO Box 4095
Virginia Beach, VA
Support Services
Art Therapy, Hippotherapy (Horseback Riding), Music Therapy, Physical Therapy, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Center for Excellence/ Psychological Services
(757) 640-1882
4101 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA
Support Services
Adult Support, Behavorial Intervention, Career Counseling, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Medical, Play Therapy, Psychological Counseling, Social Skills Training, Support Group Meetings, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Southeastern Physical Therapy
(757) 467-1900
5301 Providence Road
Virginia Beach, VA
Support Services
Auditory Integration Therapy, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, Speech & Language, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers, Tomatis/AIT
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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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:

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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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