Autism Education Lawyers Santa Ana CA

Local resource for autism education lawyers in Santa Ana. 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.

We Are Kids First, Inc., Educational Advocacy For Children With Special Needs (Debra Borden)
(949) 653-2696
6 Westmoreland
Irvine, CA
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Educational Advocacy, Legal Services, Support Organization

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Mary Joann Lang, PhD
(949) 752-6141
901 Dove Street
Newport Beach, CA
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Art Therapy, Auditory Integration Therapy, Behavorial Intervention, Compounding Pharmacies, Early Intervention, Education, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Other, Play Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), Psychological Counseling, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Therapy Providers
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1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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St Wilfrids Pre-School
(714) 968-3100
18631 Chapel Lane
Huntington Beach, CA
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Education, Educational Advocacy
Ages Supported
Preschool

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

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

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Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK)
(714) 533-8275
100 Cerritos Ave.
Anaheim, CA
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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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Law Offices of Jack H. Anthony
(949) 642-1432
901 Dover Drive, Suite 205
Newport Beach, CA
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Educational Advocacy, Legal Services

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Stefan R. Hanson, Esq.
(714) 414-9300
Attorney at Law
Huntington Beach, CA
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Educational Advocacy, Legal Services, Other
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Orange County Aspergers Support Group
(949) 854-7415
1400 N Harbor Blvd
Fullerton, CA
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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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Sievers, Haigh, & Minsky
(562) 437-7006
211 E. Ocean Blvd., Ste. 420
Long Beach, CA
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Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Legal Services

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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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