Autism Education Lawyers Topeka KS

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Community Supports and Services
(785) 296-3561
Docking State Office Building, 915 SW Harrison, 5th Floor North
Topeka, KS
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Government/State Agency, Other

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InterHab: The Resource Network for Kansans with Disabilities
(785) 235-5103
700 SW Jackson Suite 803
Topeka, KS
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Disability Advocacy, Support Organization

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Kansas Neurological Institute
(785) 296-5301
3107 W. 21st St.
Topeka, KS
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Disability Advocacy, Other, Training/Seminars

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Kansas Advocacy and Protective Services
(913) 232-3469
501 SouthWest Jackson, Suite 425
Topeka, KS
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Disability Advocacy, Legal Services

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Disability Rights Center of Kansas (Formerly KAPS)
(877) 776-1541
635 S.W. Harrison Street, Suite 100
Topeka, KS
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Disability Advocacy, Government/State Agency, Legal Services

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Children With Special Health Care Needs Program
(785) 296-1313
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Topeka, KS
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Early Intervention, Government/State Agency, Therapy Providers

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Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns
(785) 296-1722
1430 SW Topeka Boulevard
Topeka, KS
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Disability Advocacy, Government/State Agency, Other, Training/Seminars

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Topeka Association for Retarded Citizens, Inc.
(785) 232-0597
2701 Southwest Randolph Avenue
Topeka, KS
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Disability Advocacy, Support Organization

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Kansas State Department of Education
(785) 291-3097
120 SE 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS
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Government/State Agency

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Families Together, Inc.
1-800-264-6343 or (785) 233-4777
Topeka Parent Center
Topeka, KS
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Disability Advocacy, State Resources, Parent Training

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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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