Autism Education Lawyers Santa Fe NM

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Governors Commission on Disabilities
(505) 476-0412; 1-877-696-1470
491 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM
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Disability Advocacy, Government/State Agency, Training/Seminars

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Debra Poulin
(505) 995-0360
208 Griffin St.
Sante Fe, NY
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Legal Services

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New Mexico Department of Health
(505) 827-2613
1190 St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM
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Government/State Agency

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Early Intervention & Childrens Services Family Infant Toddler Program
(877) 696-1472
1190 St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM
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Early Intervention, Therapy Providers
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Preschool

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State Developmental Disab. Planning Council
(505) 827-7590
435 Saint Michaels Dr., Bldg. D
Santa Fe, NM
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Other

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New Mexico Public Education Department
505-476-0393; (505) 827-5800
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM
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Government/State Agency

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New Mexico State Department of Education
(505) 827-6541
Jerry Apodaca Education Building, 300 Don Gaspar Avenue
Santa Fe, NM
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Education
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Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Long Term Services Division, Department of Health
(505) 827-2574
PO Box 26110
Santa Fe, NM
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Adult Support, Behavorial Intervention, Career Counseling, Early Intervention, Job Coach, Marriage & Family Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Psychological Counseling, Residential, Respite, Speech Therapy, Support Organization, Therapy Providers
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Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Division Of Vocational Rehabilitation
(800) 224-7005
435 St. Michaels Drive
Santa Fe, NM
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Career Counseling, Government/State Agency, Other
Ages Supported
11-12 Grade,Adult

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The New Mexico Technology Assistance Program
800-866-2253; 1-800-659-4915
435 St. Michaels Dr., Bldg. D
Santa Fe, NM
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Government/State Agency, Other

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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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