Autism Education Lawyers Minneapolis MN

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Fraser Child & Family Center
(612) 331-9413
3333 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN
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Adult Support, Auditory Integration Therapy, Behavorial Intervention, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Education, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Nutritional Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Other, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Private School (Integrated), Private School (Multi-disability), Products/Stores, Psychological Counseling, RDI, Residential, Residential Facility, Respite, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting, Sensory I
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Autism Consultant
(651) 442-1714
1123 Woodbridge Street
Saint Paul, MN
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Play Therapy, Social Skills Training
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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West Metro Learning Connections, Inc
(952) 474-0227
355 2nd St.
Excelsior, MN
Support Services
Camps, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Medical, Social Skills Training, Summer Camp/ESY, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Minnesota Life College
(612) 869-4008
7501 Logan Avenue South
Richfield, MN
Support Services
Adult Support, Career Counseling, Education, Job Coach, Residential, Residential Facility, Social Skills Training, Support Organization
Ages Supported
Adult

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In The Company of Kids "Creative Arts Center", LLC
(952) 432-5525
15010 Glazier Ave. Suite 103
Apple Valley, MN
Support Services
Activities, Education, Other
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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School Law Center, LLC.
(651) 222-6288
452 Selby Avenue, Second Floor East
Saint Paul, MN
Support Services
Advocates (Special Education), Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Lawyers (Special Education), Lawyers (Vaccine Lawsuits), Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Ready Tutor (Julia Schepers)
(651) 442-1714
1123 Woodbridge Street
Saint Paul, MN
Support Services
Educational Advocacy, Other

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The Fraser Institute?
(612) 861-1688
2400 W. 64th Street
Minneapolis, MN
Support Services
Education, Other, Residential

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Childrens Home Society & Family Services
651-646-7771 or 800-952-9302
1605 Eustis Street
St. Paul, MN
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Education, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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VSA arts of Minnesota
(612) 332-3888
Hennepin Center for the Arts, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite # 305
Minneapolis, MN
Support Services
Disability Advocacy

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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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