Autism Education Lawyers Richmond VA

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VDOE Autism Priority Project
(804) 786-9775
VA Dept. of Education
Richmond, VA
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Publications, State Resources, Education, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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The Faison School for Autism
(804) 827-3801
Affiliated with the Autism Center of Virginia at VCU, 1325 Palmyra Ave.
Richmond, VA
Support Services
Education, Marriage & Family Counseling, Summer Camp/ESY, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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Parents and Children Coping Together (PACCT)
(800) 477-0946
P.O. Box 26691
Richmond, VA
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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Partnership for People with Disabilities
(804) 828-3876
PO Box 843020
Richmond, VA
Support Services
Disability Advocacy

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Commonwealth Autism Service (Virginia)
(804) 355-0300
2201 West Broad Street, Suite 107
Richmond, VA
Support Services
Early Intervention

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The Virginia Autism Council
(804) 827-9991
10 East Franklin St
Richmond, VA
Support Services
State Resources, Education, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Spiritos School
(804) 897-7440
400 Coalfield Road
Midlothian, VA
Support Services
Education, Other, Support Organization, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade

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VSA arts of Virginia
(804) 648-7310
PO Box 27862
Richmond, VA
Support Services
Disability Advocacy

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Commonwealth Autism Service
(800) 649-8481 or 804-355-0300
2201 West Broad Street, Suite 107
Richmond, VA
Support Services
Government/State Agency, Helpful Websites, Training/Seminars

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Parent Resource Center
(800) 422-2083 or (804) 371-7421
Division of Special Education and Student Services, Virginia Department of
Richmond, VA
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Government/State Agency, 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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