Autism Education Lawyers Little Rock AR

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Arkansas Disability Rights Center
1-800-482-1174 or (501) 296-1775
1100 North University, Suite 201
Little Rock, AR
Support Services
Educational Advocacy, Other

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Pathfinder Preschool Charles Bussey Child Development Center
(501) 375-7811
1410 West Daisy Bates
Little Rock, AR
Support Services
Education, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Private School (Multi-disability), Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool

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AR State Mental Health Agency
(501) 686-9164
4313 West Markham Street
Little Rock, AR
Support Services
Government/State Agency

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Helping Educate about Autism Recovery support group (H.E.A.R.)
(501) 794-0774
1003 North Tyler
Little Rock, AR
Support Services
Support Group Meetings, Support Organization
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Parent Training and Information Centers
(501) 614-7020 or (800) 223-1330
Arkansas Disability Coaltion
Little Rock, AR
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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AR State Department of Education: Special Education
(501) 682-4221
1401 W. Capitol Road
Little Rock, AR
Support Services
Educational Advocacy, Government/State Agency

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Pathfinder Preschool
(501) 982-4578
2615 West Main
Jacksonville, AR
Support Services
Education, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy
Ages Supported
Preschool

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AR State Mental Health Representative for Children
(501) 686-9489
4313 West Markham Street
Little Rock, AR
Support Services
Government/State Agency

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Federation of Families for Childrens Mental Health
(501) 537-9060
Freeway Medical Tower
Little Rock, AR
Support Services
Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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Governors Developmental Disabilities Planning Council in AR
(501) 661-2589
Freeway Medical Tower
Little Rock, AR
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Disability Advocacy, Government/State Agency

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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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