Autism Education Lawyers Durango CO

Local resource for autism education lawyers in Durango. 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.

Durango Family Center
(970) 385-4747
P.O. Box 2451
Durango, CO
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San Juan BOCES
(970) 247-3261, ext. 151
201 E. 12th Street
Durango, CO
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Community Connections: Durango Office
(970) 259-2464
281 Sawyer Drive
Durango, CO
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Disability Advocacy, Other, Support Organization

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Creative Perspectives, Inc. Autism Center of Colorado
(303) 935-5200
393 South Harlan Street, Suite 120
Lakewood, CO
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Art Therapy, Camps, Early Intervention, Education, Educational Advocacy, Hippotherapy (Horseback Riding), Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Medical, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Psychological Counseling, Respite, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
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Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Jeanne Belli, RN, CHt, Licensed Brain Gym Instructor Consultant
(303) 731-0074
1776 S Jackson St
Denver, CO
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Adult Support, Assistive Technology, Behavorial Intervention, Biomedical Intervention, Chiropractors, Doctor Referrals, Doctors, Naturopathic / Homeopathy, Doctors, Naturopathic / Homeopathy, Educational Advocacy, Helpful Websites, Lawyers (Vaccine Lawsuits), Play Therapy, Schools, Ages 5 years and Up, Schools, Preschool, Typical, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Support / Tutoring, Support Group Meetings, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior, Vision Therapy
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Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Durango Lift
(970) 385-2880
949 E. 2nd Avenue,
Durango, CO
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The Durango Opportunity Bus
(970) 247-3577
949 E. Second Avenue
Durango, CO
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Other, Support Organization

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Creative Perspectives, Inc. Autism Center of Boulder Valley
(303) 935-5200
1724 Majestic Drive, Suite 108
Lafayette, CO
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Adult Support, Art Therapy, Camps, Early Intervention, Education, Educational Advocacy, Hippotherapy (Horseback Riding), Marriage & Family Counseling, Medical, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Psychological Counseling, Respite, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
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Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Consultants For Children
(720) 272-1289
265 South Harlan Street
Lakewood, CO
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Play Therapy

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Jacobs Ladder
(646) 272-8445
440 June Creek Road
Vail, CO
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Behavorial Intervention, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Occupational Therapy, Play Therapy, Social Skills Training, Therapy Providers
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Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 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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