Autism Education Lawyers Norwalk CA

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Los Angeles County Special Education
(562) 803-8306
9300 Imperial Hwy.
Downey, CA
Support Services
Educational Advocacy, Other

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Orange County Aspergers Support Group
(949) 854-7415
1400 N Harbor Blvd
Fullerton, CA
Support Services
Activities, Adult Support, Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Helpful Websites, Job Coach, 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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Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK)
(714) 533-8275
100 Cerritos Ave.
Anaheim, CA
Support Services
Assistive Technology, Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Summer Camp/ESY, Support Organization, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Dr. Chris Davidson
(714) 840-8625
3401 Sagamore Drive
Huntington Beach, CA
Support Services
Academic Assessments, Advocates (Special Education), Career Counseling, Colleges/universities, degrees in teaching/special ed., Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, FastForword, Publications, Support / Tutoring
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Division of Special Education, Los Angeles Unified School District
(213) 625-6701
333 South Beaudry Avenue, 17th Floor
Los Angeles, CA
Support Services
Educational Advocacy, Other

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Huntington School for Boys & Girls
(562) 494-5301
2935 East Spaulding Street
Long Beach, CA
Support Services
Education, Educational Advocacy

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Sievers, Haigh, & Minsky
(562) 437-7006
211 E. Ocean Blvd., Ste. 420
Long Beach, CA
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Legal Services

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Federation Head Start
(310) 518-0720
22504 S. Avalon Blvd.
Carson, CA
Support Services
Early Intervention, Education, Educational Advocacy
Ages Supported
Preschool

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Resources in Autism Education
(310) 320-5856
1223 El Prado Ave.
Torrance, CA
Support Services
Behavorial Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Therapy Providers

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Southwest Special Education Family Resource Center
(310) 921-2252
15901 Hawthorne Blvd., Suite 400
Lawndale, CA
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Support Organization

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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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