Autism Education Lawyers Bloomington IL

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Speech & Language Connections (Bloomington)
(309) 452-6868
3901 GE Road Suite 4
Bloomington, IL
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Education, Lindamood Bell, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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PowerToolz, Inc. (Jamie Powers, President)
(309) 261-2343
1115 Bull Street
Normal, IL
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Products/Stores, Speech Therapy, Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars

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Circles Behavior Consultation Services
(309) 660-1378
P.O. Box 992
Bloomington, IL
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Therapy Providers, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Project Choices LRE (Least Restrictive Environment)
(800) 573-3383
160 N. Wacker Drive, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy

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High Five Kids, Inc.
(414) 303-8847
1234 W. Grace St.
Chicago, IL
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Play Therapy, Social Skills Training, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Speech & Language Connections
(309) 452-6868
211 Landmark Drive Suite A3
Normal, IL
Support Services
Behavorial Intervention, Lindamood Bell, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Autism Society of McLean County
(309) 661-9440
PO Box 1644
Bloomington, IL
Support Services
Adult Support, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Marriage & Family Counseling, Summer Camp/ESY, 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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Cawn-Krantz & Associates
(847) 480-8890
650 Academy Drive
Northbrook, IL
Support Services
Auditory Integration Therapy, Camps, Education, Educational Advocacy, Lindamood Bell, Marriage & Family Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Ann Osterling Therapy Associates
(217) 369-6457
510 S. Staley Road
Champaign, IL
Support Services
Assistive Technology, Educational Advocacy, FastForword, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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American Hyperlexia Association (AHA)
(630) 415-2212
P.O. Box 335
Flossmoor, IL
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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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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