Autism Education Lawyers Harrisburg PA

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Milestones Community Healthcare, Inc
(717) 651-0016
2700 Commerce Drive
Harrisburg, PA
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Education, Marriage & Family Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Play Therapy, Private School (Multi-disability), Psychological Counseling, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY, Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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The Vista School
(717) 985-9655
1801 Oberlin Road
Middletown, PA
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Education, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Pennsylvania Department of Education
(717) 787-5820
333 Market Street, 10th Floor
Harrisburg, PA
Support Services
Government/State Agency

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PA Insurance Department
(717) 787-2317
1326 Strawberry Square
Harrisburg, PA
Support Services
Government/State Agency, Other

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Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council
(717) 787-6057
Room 569 Forum Bldg., Commonwealth Avenue
Harrisburg, PA
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Government/State Agency, Support Organization

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Riverside Professional Development
(877) 238-3660
PO Box 1835
Harrisburg, PA
Support Services
Education, Training/Seminars

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CMU
(717) 441-7034
1100 S Cameron Street
Harrisburg, PA
Support Services
Early Intervention
Ages Supported
Preschool

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Pennsylvania Protection and Advocacy, Inc.
(800) 692-7443
1414 N. Cameron Street, Suite C
Harrisburg, PA
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Support Organization

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Allegheny Youth Advocate Program
(717) 232-7580
2007 North Third Street
Harrisburg, PA
Support Services
Other, Therapy Providers

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Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS)
(800) 692-7443 or (717) 236-8110
Pennsylvania Protection & Advocacy, Inc.
Harrisburg, PA
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Legal Services
Ages Supported
9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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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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