Autism Education Lawyers Toledo OH

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Autism Academy Of Learning
419-865-7487; (419)865-7493
219 Page Street
Toledo, OH
Support Services
Education, Educational Advocacy, Occupational Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), Residential, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars

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Forte School of Music and the Arts
(419) 471-2100
3208 Sylvania Ave.
Toledo, OH
Support Services
Education, Social Skills Training
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade

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Dr. Jeffrey G. Schmakel, O.D., C.O.V.D.
(419) 578-0057
Toledo, OH
Support Services
Doctors, Optometry / Behavioral Optometry, Helpful Websites, Sensory Integration
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Autism Society of Northwest Ohio
(419) 578-2766
4848 Dorr St. Suite 1
Toledo, OH
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Donald R. Blair, M.D.
(419) 893-1225
547 Dussel Dr.
Maumee, OH
Support Services
Biomedical Intervention, DAN! Pediatrics, Medical, Nutritional Counseling
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Bittersweet Consultative Service
419-875-6986 ext 1229
12660 Archbold-Whitehouse Road
Whitehouse, OH
Support Services
Adult Support, Art Therapy, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Career Counseling, Compounding Pharmacies, Disability Advocacy, Education, Educational Advocacy, Hippotherapy (Horseback Riding), Job Coach, Marriage & Family Counseling, Psychological Counseling, Residential, Residential Facility, Respite, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY, Support Organization, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Toledo Hearing and Speech Center
(419) 241-6219
3148 W. Central Ave.
Toledo, OH
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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The Epilepsy Center
800-589-5958; 419-867-5950
5405 Southwyck Boulevard, Suite 100
Toledo, OH
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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The Great Lakes Center for Autism
(419) 810-4155
4848 Dorr Street
Toledo, OH
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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The M.O.D.E.L. Community School for Students with Autism
(419) 897-4400
1615 Holland Road
Maumee, OH
Support Services
Education
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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