Autism Education Lawyers Lincoln NE

Local resource for autism education lawyers in Lincoln. 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.

Autism Society of Nebraska
(877) 375-0120
1672 Van Dorn Street
Lincoln, NE
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ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, Assistive Technology, Babysitting / Childcare, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Dentists, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Floortime, Helpful Websites, Karate, Respite, Schools, Ages 5 years and Up, Social Skills Training, Sports, State Resources, State Resources, Education, State Resources, Insurance, State Resources, Parent Training, Support / Tutoring, Support Group Meetings, Swimming Lessons, Training/Semi
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Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Answers 4 Families
402- 472-9827 or (800)746-8420
121 S. 13th Street
Lincoln, NE
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Activities, Adult Support, Advocates (Special Education), Chiropractors, DAN! Pediatrics, Disability Advocacy, Doctors, Allergist / Immunologist, Doctors, General, Doctors, Metabolic Specialists, Doctors, Optometry / Behavioral Optometry, Doctors, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Doctors, Pediatric Neurologist, Helpful Websites, Lawyers (Special Education), Marriage & Family Counseling, Military Families, Schools, Preschool, Typical, State Resources, State Resources, Education, State Resources, Insur
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Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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University of Nebraska-Lincoln-NCLID Associates
(402) 472-5472
Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, 202 Barkley Ce
Lincoln, NE

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Family Support Network of NE
(402) 477-2992
215 Centennial Mall South Suite 220
Lincoln, NE
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Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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Special Populations, Dept. of Education
(402) 471-2471
P.O. Box 94987, 301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE
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Government/State Agency

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The Arc of Lincoln/Lancaster County
(402) 421-8866
5609 South 49th Street, Suite 5
Lincoln, NE
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Activities, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Other, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Autism Ally - Stanley-Senior Technologies
1-888-224-8547, ext. 3430
1620 North 20th Circle
Lincoln, NE
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Products/Stores, Support Organization

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Behavioral Health Division-Nebraska Dept. of Health & Human Services
(402) 479-5117
P.O. Box 94728
Lincoln, NE
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Disability Advocacy, Government/State Agency

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Arc of Lincoln & Lancaster County
(402) 477-6925
645 M St. Ste. 19
Lincoln, NE
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Disability Advocacy, Support Organization

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Parents Encouraging Parents (Lincoln)
(402) 471-3649
NE Dept. of Education, 301 Centennial Mall South 6th Floor
Lincoln, NE
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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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