Autism Education Lawyers Cheyenne WY

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Client Assistance Program -- Protection and Advocacy System, Inc.
(307) 638-7668
320 W. 25th Street, 2nd Floor
Cheyenne, WY
Support Services
Educational Advocacy, Other
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Arc of Laramie County
(307) 632-1209
1616 E. 19th St
Cheyenne, WY
Support Services
Adult Support, Disability Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Research, Support Organization
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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The Arc of Laramie County
(307) 632-1209
1616 E. 19th St. Suite 7, P.O. Box 1812
Cheyenne, WY
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (Cheyenne)
(307) 777-7389
1100 Herschler Building
Cheyenne, WY
Support Services
Government/State Agency

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The Governors Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities
(307) 777-7230
122 West 25th Street Herschler Building, 1st Floor West
Casper, WY
Support Services
Disability Advocacy

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Wyoming Department of Education-Cheyenne Office
(307) 777-7675
2300 Capitol Avenue, Hathaway Building, 2nd Floor
Cheyenne, WY
Support Services
Educational Advocacy, Government/State Agency

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UPLIFT
(888) UPL-IFT3
P.O. Box 664
Cheyenne, WY
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Other, Support Organization

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Community and Family Health Division Department of Health
(307) 777-6004
4020 House Building
Cheyenne, WY
Support Services
Government/State Agency, Marriage & Family Counseling

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Professional Advisory and Strategy Services, Inc. (P.A.S.S)
(307) 632-8334
5211 Eastview St.
Cheyenne, WY
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Early Intervention, Hippotherapy (Horseback Riding), Nutritional Counseling, Respite, Vaccine Awareness
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Wyoming Insurance Department
(307) 777-7401
Herschler Bldg., 3rd Floor East 122 West 25th Street
Cheyenne, WY
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Government/State Agency, Other

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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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