Autism Education Lawyers Spokane WA

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Anya Sibley
(650) 388-6000
Spokane, WA
Support Services
Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Play Therapy, Respite, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting, Sensory Integration, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade

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Washington PAVE - Spokane Office
(509) 326-1722
PMB#482
Spokane, WA
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Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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Christine R. Guzzardo, Ph.D.
(509) 456-3600
421 W. Riverside Avenue
Spokane, WA
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Medical, Psychological Counseling
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Inland Center for Autism & Related Disorders (ICARD), P.L.L.C.
701 W. 7th Avenue, Suite 130
Spokane, WA
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Other, Research, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars

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Spokane Hyperbarics
(509) 922-6552
13007 E. Mission Ave
Spokane Valley, WA
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Hyperbaric Oxygen Providers, Hyperbaric Oxygen Providers, Vaccine Awareness, Vaccine Awareness
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Washington Assistive Technology Alliance
(509) 328-9350
606 Sharp
Spokane, WA
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Support Organization

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ICAN International Christian Association of Neurodevelopmentalists
(406) 961-5266
P.O. Box 9822
Spokane, WA
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Assistive Technology, Behavorial Intervention, Biomedical Intervention, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Floortime, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Social Skills Training, State Resources, Parent Training, Training/Seminars, Vaccine Awareness, Verbal Behavior, Vision Therapy
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Tom Weddle
(509) 325-6762
7018 N. Belt
Spokane, WA
Support Services
Behavorial Intervention, Social Skills Training
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Year for Change LLC
(509) 448-1506
701 W. 7th Ave., Suite 15
Spokane, WA
Support Services
Biomedical Intervention, Early Intervention, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Susan F. Moon, Ph.D.
(509) 535-3990
PO Box 968
Spokane, WA
Support Services
Adult Support, Behavorial Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Medical
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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