Autism Education Lawyers Charleston WV

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Programs for Children with Disabilities: Ages 3 through 5 (Charleston)
(304) 766-4601
Division of Rehabilitation Services, State Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Education, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten

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West Virginia Advocates, Inc.
304-346-0847 or 800-950-5250
Litton Bldg, 4th Floor
Charleston, WV
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Support Organization

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West Virginia Advocates (WVA)
1-(304)-346-0847 (voice/TDD) or 1-(800)-950-5250 (
Litton Building, Fourth Floor, 1207 Quarrier Street
Charleston, WV
Support Services
Disability Advocacy

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The West Virginia Developmental Disabilities Council
(304) 558-0416
110 Stockton Street
Charleston, WV
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Support Organization

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West Virginia Office of Special Education
(304) 558-2696
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East Bldg. 6, Room B-304
Charleston, WV
Support Services
Government/State Agency

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West Virginia Department of Education
(304) 558-2696
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Building 6, Room B-358
Charleston, WV
Support Services
Government/State Agency, State Resources, Education
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Division of Developmental Disabilities (Charleston)
(304) 558-0627
Office of Behavioral Health Service, 350 Capitol Street, Room 350
Charleston, WV
Support Services
Government/State Agency, Medical, Support Organization

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Programs for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilitie: Ages Birth To 3
(304) 558-5388
Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health
Charleston, WV
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Play Therapy, Speech Therapy, Support Group Meetings
Ages Supported
Preschool

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West Virginia Developmental Disabilities Council
(304) 558-0416 (voice) or (304) 558-2376 (TDD)
110 Stockton Street
Charleston, WV
Support Services
Government/State Agency, Training/Seminars

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Governors Cabinet on Children & Families
(304) 558-0600
State Capitol Complex , Building 5, Room 218
Charleston, WV
Support Services
Government/State Agency

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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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