Autism Education Lawyers Champaign IL

Local resource for autism education lawyers in Champaign. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to autism lawyers, autism education, autism education grants, special needs education lawyers, special education lawyers, special education law, autism special education, autism education services, and autism schools, as well as advice and therapy for those suffering from autism and Asperger's syndrome.

Ann Osterling Therapy Associates
(217) 369-6457
510 S. Staley Road
Champaign, IL
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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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Illinois Developmental Services Center
(217) 359-0287
1304 W Bradley Ave
Champaign, IL
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Disability Advocacy, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting, Training/Seminars

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Child and Family Law Center of the North Shore
(847) 926-0101
1950 Sheridan Road
Highland Park, IL
Support Services
Educational Advocacy, Legal Services
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Monahan & Cohen
(312) 419-0252
225 W. Washington
Chicago, IL
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Legal Services, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Lisa Lombard, Ph.D.
(708) 655-0063
332 N. Scoville Ave.
Oak Park, IL
Support Services
Academic Assessments, Behavior Assessment, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Educational Assessment, Floortime, Marriage & Family Counseling, Psychological Counseling, Research, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Developmental Services Ctr.
(217) 356-9176
1304 W. Bradley
Champaign, IL
Support Services
Early Intervention, Residential Facility, Therapy Providers

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Carle Clinic Association
(217) 383-3100
Child Disability Clinc, 602 W. University Ave.
Urbana, IL
Support Services
Medical, Therapy Providers

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Positive Behavioral Connections Inc.
(630) 495-3441
907 N. Main St.
Wheaton, IL
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Academic Assessments, Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Educational Assessment, Social Skills Training, Support / Tutoring, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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ANSWERS
(309) 636-7555
2900 W Heading
Peoria, IL
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, DAN! Pediatrics, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Nutritional Counseling, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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ABA, Floortime, RDI, OT, PT, Speech, Nutrition, Social Groups
847-486-4140 or 773-278-6500
North Shore Pediatric Therapy
Glenview, IL
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Art Therapy, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Lindamood Bell, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Nutritional Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Other, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, RDI, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Support Group Meetings, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade

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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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