Autism Education Lawyers Salt Lake City UT

Local resource for autism education lawyers in Salt Lake City. 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.

Utah Parent Center / Autism Society of Utah
(801) 272-1051 or (800) 468-1160
2290 East 4500 South, Suite 110
Salt Lake City, UT
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Adult Support, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Other, State Resources, Parent Training, Support Organization
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Childrens Biomedical Center of Utah, Inc.
(801) 569-2743,
12450 South 405 East, Suite F
Draper, UT
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Educational Advocacy, Medical, Research

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VSA arts of Utah
(801) 328-0703
230 South 500 West, #125
Salt Lake City, UT
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Disability Advocacy

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Utah Governors Council For People With Disabilities
(801) 533-3965; 800-333-8824
155 S. 300 W., Suite 100
Salt Lake City, UT
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Government/State Agency

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Utah Autism Research Program
(801) 585-9098
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Support Services
Compounding Pharmacies, Research, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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US Autism and Asperger Association
(801) 816-1234
P.O. Box 532
Draper, UT
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Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Support Organization

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Kids World Preschool
(801) 243-4991
1328 W Stern Dr
Salt Lake City, UT
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Assistive Technology, Auditory Integration Therapy, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Early Intervention, Education, Floortime, Music Therapy, Play Therapy, Private School (Integrated), Private School (Multi-disability), RDI, Schools, Preschool, Typical, Sensory Integration, Speech & Language, Speech Therapy, Support / Tutoring, Swimming Lessons, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten

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Julien Smith, Ph.D.
(801) 596-2347
Childrens Neurodevelopmental Service, Inc.
Salt Lake City, UT
Support Services
Behavior Assessment, Educational Assessment, Psychological Counseling
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Access Utah Network
(801) 533-4636
155 South 300 West suite 100
Salt Lake City, UT
Support Services
Early Intervention, Support Organization, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Disability Law Center (Salt Lake City Office)
455 East 400 South, Suite 410
Salt Lake City, UT
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Disability Advocacy, Legal Services, 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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