Autism Education Lawyers Mcallen TX

Local resource for autism education lawyers in Mcallen. 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.

Pathways Autism Center
(956) 664-2800
837 East Esperanza, Suite B
McAllen, TX
Support Services
Occupational Therapy, RDI, Sensory Integration, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Parents Supporting Parents Network
(888) 857-8688
601 N. Texas Blvd.
Weslaco, TX
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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ExploreAutism Consulting and Behavior Therapy
(512) 689-9560
4305 Steve Scarbrough Dr.
Austin, TX
Support Services
ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Early Intervention, Education, Educational Advocacy, Support / Tutoring, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade

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Pediatric TheraPlay, Inc.
(817) 676-1793
2401 Ira E Woods Ave, Suite 300
Grapevine, TX
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Education, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Support Group Meetings, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Behavior & Education Specialists of Texas
(972) 742-0807
505 Lexington Ln
Richardson, TX
Support Services
ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Social Skills Training, Support / Tutoring, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Wiggles Childrens Rehab
(956) 585-2439
2011 E Griffin Pkwy.
Mission, TX
Support Services
Nutritional Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Other, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Support Organization, Therapy Providers

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The Arc of Texas in the Rio Grande Valley
(956) 447-8408
601 North Texas Blvd.
Weslaco, TX
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Therapy Providers

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Verbal Behavior Clinic of Houston
(713) 528-2343
902 FM 518, P.O.Box 476
Kemah, TX
Support Services
ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Art Therapy, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Early Intervention, Education, Educational Advocacy, Military Families, Music Therapy, Other, Play Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), Private School (Integrated), Schools, Preschool, Typical, Social Skills Training, Summer Camp/ESY, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten

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FOCUS Initiative
(281) 240-0663
322 Brooks Street
Sugar Land, TX
Support Services
Camps, Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Social Skills Training, Summer Camp/ESY, Support Group Meetings, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Behavior and Education Specialists of Texas
(972) 742-0807
505 Lexington Ln
Richardson, TX
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Social Skills Training, Therapy Providers, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,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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