Autism Education Lawyers State College PA

Local resource for autism education lawyers in State College. 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.

Craig S.Feaster
(814) 867-0670
110 Radnor Road, Suite 101
State College, PA
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Other, Psychological Counseling

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Redding Behavior Analysis
(814) 777-3003
268 Toftrees Ave. 321
State College, PA
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Other, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade

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Melmark Consultative Services
(610) 724-7692
2600 Wayland Road
Berwyn, PA
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Other, Research, Residential, Therapy Providers

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The Timothy School
(610) 725-0755
973 Old Lancaster Rd.
Berwyn, PA
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Education, Educational Advocacy, Occupational Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), Schools, Ages 5 years and Up, Speech & Language, Support / Tutoring

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Edward G. Daniels
(609) 922-4521
Philadelphia, PA
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Academic Assessments, Behavior Assessment, Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Educational Assessment, Helpful Websites, Psychological Counseling, Social Skills Training, Support / Tutoring, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Adult

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momsversusautism.org
(814) 238-1748
747 Tanager Drive
State College, PA
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Art Therapy, Behavorial Intervention, DAN! Pediatrics, Early Intervention, Government/State Agency, Hippotherapy (Horseback Riding), Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Nutritional Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Respite, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting, Sensory Integration, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY, Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten

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Tracy Grieve-Martin LSW, MSW
(412) 527-6111
575 Allegheny Avenue
Oakmont, PA
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Play Therapy, RDI, Social Skills Training, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Community Psychiatric Centers
(412) 372-8000
Parkway Building
Monroeville, PA
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Adult Support, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Compounding Pharmacies, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Play Therapy, Psychological Counseling, Social Skills Training, Summer Camp/ESY, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Hinkle & Fingles, Attorneys at Law
(215) 860-2100
600 West Germantown Pike, Suite 400
Plymouth Meeting, PA
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Educational Advocacy, Legal Services
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Melmark
(888) MEL-MARK
2600 Wayland Road
Berwyn, PA
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Disability Advocacy, Education, Educational Advocacy, Other, Residential, Therapy Providers
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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