Autism Education Lawyers East Amherst NY

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Summit Central (Summits Corporate Offices and Summit Academy)
(716) 629-3400
150 Stahl Rd.
Getzville, NY
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Early Intervention, Education, Occupational Therapy, Other, Physical Therapy, Residential, Residential Facility, Respite, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars

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Kristine Ford
(716) 632-6059
Williamsville, NY
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Assistive Technology, Behavorial Intervention, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Kalpana Patel, MD
(716) 833-2213
65 Wehrle Dr.
Buffalo, NY
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Biomedical Intervention, Medical, Nutritional Counseling

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Early Childhood Direction Center
(716) 878-7282
Childrens Hospital of Buffalo, 888 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo, NY
Support Services
Early Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization
Ages Supported
Preschool

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Parent Network of WNY
(716) 332 - 4170; (866) 277- 4762
1000 Main Street
Buffalo, NY
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Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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Western New York Chapter ASA
(716) 633-2275
19 Limestone Drive, Suite 1
Buffalo, NY
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Disability Advocacy, Support Organization

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DisAbility News & Views Radio Show
(716) 522-9185
P.O Box 1077
Williamsville, NY
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Adult Support, Auditory Integration Therapy, Disability Advocacy, Hippotherapy (Horseback Riding), Job Coach, Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Nutritional Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Other, Products/Stores, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Support Organization, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York
(716) 877-7007
1185 Kenmore Ave
Kenmore, NY
Support Services
Disability Advocacy

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Jay C. Pletcher at Bouvier, OConnor
(716) 856-1344
350 Main St., Suite 1400
Buffalo, NY
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Legal Services

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Jay C. Pletcher, Esq.-Goldstein, Ackerhalt & Pletcher, LLP
(716) 362-1533
70 Niagara Street, Suite 200
Buffalo, NY
Support Services
Advocates (Special Education), Disability Advocacy, Lawyers (Special Education), Lawyers (Special Needs Trusts), Lawyers (Vaccine Lawsuits), Legal Services, Vaccine Lawyers

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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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