Autism Education Lawyers Elk Grove CA

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Mary V. Gwaltney, Educational Psychologist
(916) 972-9400
The Center for Educational and Social Success
Sacramento, CA
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Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Medical, Psychological Counseling, Social Skills Training, Therapy Providers
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Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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CA Department of Education
(916) 319-0800
1430 North Street
Sacramento, CA
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Educational Advocacy, Government/State Agency

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California Department of Special Education
(916) 445-4613
P.O. Box 944272
Sacramento, CA
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Education, Educational Advocacy, Government/State Agency

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Advance Kids
(888) 363-6103
9719 Lincoln Village Drive # 105
Sacramento, CA
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Education, Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars

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Protection and Advocacy, Inc., - Sacramento Legal Office
(800) 776-5746
100 Howe Avenue, Suite 185-N
Sacramento, CA
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Education, State Resources

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Law Office of Michelle Ball
(916) 444-9064
717 K Street
Sacramento, CA
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Advocates (Special Education), Educational Advocacy, Lawyers (Special Education), Legal Services
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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CAPSES (California Association of Private Special Education Schools)
(916) 447-7061
1722 J Street, Suite 3
Buena Park, CA
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Education, Educational Advocacy

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Fall Creek Counseling Associates
(916) 344-0900
5900 Coyle Avenue, Suite D
Carmichael, CA
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Academic Assessments, Behavorial Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Medical, Play Therapy, Psychological Counseling
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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State Council on Developmental Disabilities
(916) 322-8481
1507 21st Street, Suite 210
Sacramento, CA
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Government/State Agency, State Resources, Education

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Capitol Autism Services
(916) 923-1789
2045 Hallmark Drive Suite 4
Sacramento, CA
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Auditory Integration Therapy, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Education, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Play Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), RDI, Research, Research, Respite, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
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Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 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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