Autism Education Lawyers Biloxi MS

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Michele B. Allen, LCSW
(228) 388-9303
Applied Psychology Center, PC
Biloxi, MS
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ABA, Therapy Services, Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Educational Assessment, Marriage & Family Counseling, Military Families, Play Therapy, Psychological Counseling, Psychological Counseling, Social Skills Training, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Dr. Roderick Fields, O.D.
(228) 868-2639
19084 Pineville Rd
Long Beach, MS
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Other, Therapy Providers

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Beyond Therapy Pediatric Group, PLLC
(601) 853-9747
115 W. Jackson Street
Ridgeland, MS
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ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Assistive Technology, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, FastForword, Helpful Websites, Interactive Metronome, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, State Resources
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Technology-Related Assistance
(601) 853-5171
Mississippi Project Start, PO Box 1698
Jackson, MS
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Other

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First Steps Early Intervention System, MS Department of Health
(601) 576-7427
P.O. Box 1700 Room 107 2423 North State Street
Jackson, MS
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Early Intervention, Government/State Agency

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FACTS: Families Advocating Collaborating Teaching Supporting
(228) 831-5151
P.O. Box 2143
Gulfport, MS
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Disability Advocacy, Support Organization

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ASD Classroom Development
(662) 494-4917
PO Box 968
West Point, MS
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Education, Educational Advocacy, Therapy Providers, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade

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Angel Homemaker Services, LLC
(662) 843-3785
200 Glassco Street
Cleveland, MS
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Other, Respite, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Mississippi Insurance Department
(601) 359-3569
P.O. Box 79
Jackson, MS
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Government/State Agency, Other

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Futures Unlimited Neurophysical Health & Restoration Center
(662) 549-1255
Columbus, MS
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Aquatic Therapy, Sensory Integration
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Autism, Homework & Beyond

Autism, homework & beyond

Michelle Garcia Winner

Our daily lives are made up of an endless stream of thoughts, decisions, actions and reactions to the people and environment in which we live. The internal and external actions fit together, sometimes seamlessly sometimes not, largely dependent upon a set of invisible yet highly important skills we call Executive Functioning (EF). These skills, which involve planning, organizing, sequencing, prioritizing, shifting attention, and time management can be well-developed in some people (think traffic controllers, wedding planners, business CEOs, etc.) and less developed in others. They are vital in all parts of life, from making coffee to running a profitable business. The skills develop naturally, without specific, formal training, and we all have them to some degree - or at least, we all assume we all have them.

Things are never quite as simple as they seem, and these EF skills are no exception. They require a multi-tiered hierarchy of decisions and actions, all coming together within the framework of time, knowledge and resources.

Imagine trying to navigate life when EF skills are impaired or nonexistent, as they are with individuals on the autism spectrum. For most of us, our imagination won't stretch that far. Therefore, we assume all these kids - especially those who are "bright" - have EF skills and we act and react to our spectrum children or students as if they did.

Nowhere does this EF skill deficit cause more turmoil than in the area of homework, producing monstrous levels of anxiety and dread in students, parents and teachers alike. The myriad of details that need to be accomplished in a student's class, school day or week can overwhelm even the healthiest student; it can shut down our ASD kids.

I am regularly asked: if tasks are so overwhelming to their EF systems, should we just avoid having students deal with them? The answer is an unequivocal emphatic "NO!" Organizational skills are life skills, not just school skills, and even though they are "mandatory prerequisites" for succeeding at school, like social skills they are rarely directly taught. Few states include explicit teaching of EF skills in their "standards of education."

So where do we start? First, by understanding how complex organizational systems become by the time students reach middle school. We can only be good teachers if we appreciate the demands the skills we teach place on our students.

Second, by understanding organization as a skill set, which involves static and dynamic systems.

Static organizational systems and skills are structured: same thing, same time, same place, same way. Static organizational tasks are introduced in kindergarten, first and second grade. We break down tasks and ask students to explicitly complete very defined units of information, at a certain time and place. Write your name at the top of the page, read the instructions, complete the work, when done turn the paper over...

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