Autism Education Lawyers Tallahassee FL

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Center for Autism and Related Disabilities/ Tallahassee
850-644-4367 or 800-769-7926
625 B North Adams Street
Tallahassee, FL
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Education, Marriage & Family Counseling, Private School (Multi-disability)

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Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (Tallahassee)
(800) 769-7926
Florida State University, 625-B N. Adams St.
Tallahassee, FL
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Early Intervention, Government/State Agency, Medical, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars

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RESPECT of Florida
(850) 487-1471
2475 Apalachee Parkway, Suite 205
Tallahassee, FL
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Disability Advocacy, Other, Support Organization

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Florida Department of Health
(850) 245-4330
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A-18
Tallahassee, FL
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Government/State Agency

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Florida Developmental Disabilities Council
850-488-4180 or 800-580-7801
124 Marriott Drive, Suite 203
Tallahassee, FL
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Disability Advocacy, Government/State Agency

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Krista Cayer, MA, BCBA (Behavior Specialists)
(850) 264-1355
Tallahassee, FL
Tallahassee, FL
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Education, Play Therapy, RDI, Residential Facility, Support Organization, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities
(850) 488-9071
2671 Executive Center Circle, W., Suite 100
Tallahassee, FL
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Disability Advocacy, Other, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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Florida Department of Financial Services
(850) 413-3100
200 East Gaines Street
Tallahassee, FL
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Government/State Agency

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Developmental Disabilities Program Office
(850) 488-4257
1317 Winewood Blvd.
Tallahassee, FL
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Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Government/State Agency

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Florida Department of Education
(850) 245-0505
Turlington Building, Suite 1514, 325 West Gaines Street
Tallahassee, FL
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Government/State Agency

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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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