Autism Education Lawyers Columbia SC

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South Carolina Autism Society
(803) 750-6988
806 12th Street
West Columbia, SC
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Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Support Group Meetings, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Pine Grove, Inc.
(803) 438-3011
1500 Chestnut Road
Elgin, SC
Support Services
Behavorial Intervention, Compounding Pharmacies, Education, Marriage & Family Counseling, Private School (Autism Only), Psychological Counseling, Residential, Residential Facility, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,9-10 Grade

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DT Trainer
(803) 233-0541
1225 Laurel Street
Columbia, SC
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Assistive Technology, Early Intervention, Products/Stores, Support / Tutoring, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Protection & Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc.
(803) 782-0639
3710 Landmark Drive, Suite 208
Columbia, SC
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Support Organization

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SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs Autism Division
(803) 898-9609
3440 Harden St Extension PO Box 4706
Columbia, SC
Support Services
Early Intervention, Government/State Agency, Medical, Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars

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Danni Bloom
(803) 783-0690
2705 Prince Charles Ct.
Columbia, SC
Support Services
ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Assistive Technology, Behavorial Intervention, Floortime, General Supplies, Helpful Websites, Play Therapy, Products/Stores, RDI, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, State Resources, State Resources, Education, State Resources, Parent Training, Support / Tutoring, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Family Connection of South Carolina, Inc.
(803) 252-0914
2712 Middleburg Drive Suite 103B
Columbia, SC
Support Services
Support Organization

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South Carolina State Department of Education
(803) 734-8500
1429 Senate Street
Columbia, SC
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Government/State Agency

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South Carolina Department of Education
(803) 734-8492
Office of Exceptional Children, 1429 Senate Street Rutledge Bldg.
Columbia, SC
Support Services
Government/State Agency

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Department of Disabilities & Special Needs
(803) 898-9600
PO Box 4706
Columbia, SC
Support Services
Early Intervention, Government/State Agency, Therapy Providers

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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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