Autism Education Lawyers Reading PA

Local resource for autism education lawyers in Reading. 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.

Mental Health Association of Reading & Berks County
(610) 775-3000
122 W. Lancaster Avenue
Shillington, PA
Support Services
Adult Support, Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, 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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Amicus for Children, Inc.
(610) 689-4226
1023 Old Swede Road
Douglassville, PA
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Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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Holcomb Behavioral Health -- Berks
(610) 939-9999
1940 N. 13th St. Suite 248
Reading, PA
Support Services
Early Intervention, Education, Medical, Research, Residential Facility, Summer Camp/ESY, Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars

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NHS Autism School
(610) 208-0466
641 Gregg Ave
Reading, PA
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Education, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade

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Early Childhood Education Project
(610) 987-2248
1111 Commons Blvd.
Reading, PA
Support Services
Education, Private School (Integrated), Private School (Multi-disability)

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Trish E. Luberda, BSEA, ATP/L
(610) 334-8381
Mount Penn (Reading), PA
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Arleen Ehritz
(610) 754-1747
Barto, PA
Support Services
Advocates (Special Education), Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Health Food Stores / Markets, Nutritional Counseling, State Resources, Parent Training, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Easter Seals of Eastern Pennsylvania
(610) 775-1431
1040 Liggett Avenue
Reading, PA
Support Services
Early Intervention, Education, Therapy Providers

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ARC of Berks County PA
(610) 603-0227
1829 New Holland Rd., Suite 9
Reading, PA
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Education, Residential Facility, Therapy Providers

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Berks County MH/MR
(610) 478-3271
633 Court Street, Department 504
Reading, PA
Support Services
Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Early Intervention, Early Intervention, Job Coach, Psychological Counseling, Respite, Summer Camp/ESY, Therapy Providers
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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