Autism Education Lawyers Des Moines IA

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State Department of Special Education Bureau of Children, Family and Community Services, Iowa Depart
(515) 281-3176
Grimes State Office Building
Des Moines, IA
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Educational Advocacy, Government/State Agency
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Drake University/Resource Center for Special Education Issues
515-271-3936; 1-800-44-DRAKE
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA
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Government/State Agency, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Support Organization

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VSA arts of Iowa
(515) 281-5839
Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th Street
Des Moines, IA
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Disability Advocacy

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The Legal Center for Special Education
(866) 250-4545
317 E. Sixth St.
Des Moines, IA
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Legal Services

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Iowa Speech-Language-Hearing Association
(515) 282-8192
525 SW Fifth Street Suite A
Des Moines, IA
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Other

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Metro West Kids Learning Center
(515) 987-8835
2555 Berkshire Pkwy., Ste B
Clive, IA
Support Services
Academic Assessments, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, General Supplies, Helpful Websites, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Support / Tutoring, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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State Mental Health Agency (Iowa)
(515) 281-0377
Hoover State Office Building, 5th Floor, 1305 E. Walnut Street
Des Moines, IA
Support Services
Government/State Agency, Support Organization

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VSA of Iowa
(515) 281-5839
Grimes State Office Building
Des Moines, IA
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Government/State Agency

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Iowas System of Early Intervention Services
(515) 281-7145
Grimes State Office Building
Des Moines, IA
Support Services
Early Intervention, Government/State Agency
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten

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Governors Developmental Disability Planning Council
(515) 281-9082 or 800-452-1936
617 East Second Street
Des Moines, IA
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Disability Advocacy, 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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