Autism Education Lawyers Pueblo CO

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ARC of Pueblo
(719) 545-5845
102 S. Union Avenue
Pueblo, CO
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Disability Advocacy, Support Organization

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Children First
719-549-3411 or 1-800-894-7707
Pueblo Community College
Pueblo, CO
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Respite/Childcare/Babysitting

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Kathy Kyffin Schleifer, MHS/OTR
(719) 547-0027
366 S. Hacienda del Sol Dr.
Pueblo, CO
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Occupational Therapy, Therapy Providers

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The Aspen Center for Autism (Ariel DeFazio)
(303) 759-1192
2695 S. Jersey St.
Denver, CO
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Educational Advocacy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Consultants For Children
(720) 272-1289
265 South Harlan Street
Lakewood, CO
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Play Therapy

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Colorado Blue Sky Enterprises
(719) 546-0572
115 W 2nd Street, PO Box 5825
Pueblo, CO
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Early Intervention, Residential Facility, Therapy Providers

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Community Connections for Families
(719) 583-2459
Community Connections for Families coordinates services and supports for ch
Pueblo, CO
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Early Intervention, Other

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Developmental Behavioral Health, Inc
(719) 527-2121
1115 Elkton Drive Suite 403
Colorado Springs, CO
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ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Academic Assessments, Advocates (Special Education), Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Educational Assessment, Psychological Counseling, Psychological Counseling, Social Skills Training, State Resources, Parent Training, Support / Tutoring, 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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College Living Experience
(303) 825-2533; (800)486-5058
1391 Speer Blvd., Suite 400
Denver, CO
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Adult Support, Career Counseling, Education, Educational Advocacy, Other, Residential, Social Skills Training, Support Organization
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Adult

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Linda L. Thede (Psychotherapist)
(719) 573-8660
225 S. Academy Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO
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Adult Support, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Floortime, Marriage & Family Counseling, Military Families, Play Therapy, Research, Social Skills Training, Support Group Meetings, Training/Seminars
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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