Autism Education Lawyers Boulder CO

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Creative Perspectives, Inc. Autism Center of Boulder Valley
(303) 935-5200
1724 Majestic Drive, Suite 108
Lafayette, CO
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Adult Support, Art Therapy, Camps, Early Intervention, Education, Educational Advocacy, Hippotherapy (Horseback Riding), Marriage & Family Counseling, Medical, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Psychological Counseling, Respite, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization, 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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ACL in Boulder County
(303) 447-2463
6897 Paiute Avenue
Longmont, CO
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Early Intervention, Education, Therapy Providers

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Judy Converse MPH, RD, LD
(303) 842-8255
Nutrition Care For Children LLC
Boulder, CO
Support Services
Biomedical Intervention, Blood Draw, DAN! Pediatrics, Early Intervention, Helpful Websites, Labs, Nutritional Counseling, Publications, State Resources, Insurance, Vaccine Awareness
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Judy Converse MPH, RD, LD
(303) 842-8255
1150 Maxwell Avenue
Boulder, CO
Support Services
Biomedical Intervention, Early Intervention, Nutritional Counseling, Nutritional Counseling
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Deirdre Teaford, Ph.D.
(303) 579-3909
75 Manhattan Drive, Suite 4
Boulder, CO
Support Services
Behavior Assessment, Educational Assessment, Marriage & Family Counseling, Psychological Counseling
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Imagine!
(303) 665-7789
1400 Dixon Avenue
Lafayette, CO
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Behavorial Intervention, Career Counseling, Early Intervention, Education, Job Coach, Marriage & Family Counseling, Nutritional Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Other, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Respite, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Support Organization, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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The Center for Spoken Language Research
(303) 735-5150
Campus Box 594
Boulder, CO
Support Services
Research, Training/Seminars

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Colorado Respite Care Program
(303) 441-1090
Developmental Disabilities Center, 1343 Iris Avenue
Boulder, CO
Support Services
Respite, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting

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Steve Parcell, ND
(303) 884-7557
1440 28th St. #4
Boulder, CO
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Biomedical Intervention, DAN! Pediatrics, Medical

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Susan M. Weiner
(303) 415-2564
4450 Arapahoe Ave.
Boulder, CO
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Legal Services

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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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