Autism Education Lawyers Memphis TN

Local resource for autism education lawyers in Memphis. 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 Solution Center, Inc.
(901) 758-8288
9282 Cordova Park Road
Cordova, TN
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Biomedical Intervention, Career Counseling, Compounding Pharmacies, DAN! Pediatrics, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Education, Educational Advocacy, Job Coach, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Medical, Music Therapy, Nutritional Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Other, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Products/Stores, Research, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Support Group Meetings, Supp
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Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Harwood Center, Inc.
(901) 448-6580
711 Jefferson Avenue
Memphis, TN
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Education, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Private School (Multi-disability), Speech Therapy
Ages Supported
Preschool

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Black McLaren Jones & Ryland, PC
(901) 762-0535
530 Oak Court Drive, Suite 360
Memphis, TN
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Lawyers (Vaccine Lawsuits), Legal Services, Vaccine Lawyers

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Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities
(901) 448-6511
711 Jefferson Avenue
Memphis, TN
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Disability Advocacy, Research, Therapy Providers

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The Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities (BCDD)
(901) 448-6511
711 Jefferson Avenue
Memphis, TN
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Disability Advocacy, Research, Training/Seminars

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Transformations
(901) 647-9136
2445 Carrollwood Lane
Cordova, TN
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Early Intervention, Education, Educational Advocacy, Job Coach, Play Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), Respite, Sensory Integration, Summer Camp/ESY, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Olen M. "Mac" Bailey, Jr., Esq.
(901) 843-2760
Law Firm: Bailey Law Firm, PC, 5100 Wheelis Drive, Suite 215
Memphis, TN
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Legal Services

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Memphis (TN) Chapter ASA
(901) 360-9407
PO Box 241054
Memphis, TN
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Disability Advocacy, Support Organization

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Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities AUCD
(901) 448-6511
University of Tennessee UCE 711 Jefferson Avenue
Memphis, TN
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Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Research, Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars

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Learning Disabilities Association of Greater Memphis
(901) 763-1430
5587 Murray Road, Suite 101
Memphis, TN
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Disability Advocacy, Other, Training/Seminars

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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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