Autism Occupational Therapy Oakland CA

Local resource for autism occupational therapy in Oakland, CA. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to packing therapy, school skills, sensory integration, fine motor skills, cross-modal activities, life skills, as well as advice and content on autism treatment.

Maria Less
510-848-1112; 1-800-644-2666
2198 6th St., Suite 100
Berkeley, CA
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Sensory Integration, Support Organization, Therapy Providers

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Wings Learning Center
(650) 692-9800
2303 Trousdale Drive
Burlingame, CA
Support Services
Art Therapy, Educational Advocacy, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Play Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade

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Happy Talkers
(925) 829-9555
7567 Amador Valley Blvd., Ste. 210
Dublin, CA
Support Services
Early Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Social Skills Training, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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Sensory Center
(925) 264-4198
5820 Stoneridge Mall Road, Ste. 112
Pleasanton, CA
Support Services
Occupational Therapy, Therapy Providers

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Big Fun Gymnastics - Fit Kids Gymnastics Center
(310) 370-1303
1613 Hawthorne Blvd.
Redondo Beach, CA
Support Services
Occupational Therapy, Therapy Providers

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Milestones
(925) 938-1862
1620 North Main Street, Ste>#1
Walnut Creek, CA
Support Services
ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Academic Assessments, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Interactive Metronome, Occupational Therapy, Play Therapy, QEEG / EEG / Neurofeedback, QEEG / EEG / Neurofeedback, Respite, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, State Resources, State Resources, Regional Centers/Early Intervention Agency, Support / Tutoring, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Sprouts-Pediatric Occupational Therapy Services
(925) 577-7554
7026 Mansfield Ave.
Dublin, CA
Support Services
Early Intervention, Occupational Therapy, Sensory Integration
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Center for Learning and Autism Support Services, Inc. (CLASS)
(650) 286-4396
P.O Box 6772
San Mateo, CA
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Educational Assessment, Floortime, Occupational Therapy, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Kids Institute for Development & Advancement (KIDA)
(949) 222-2214
Irvine, CA
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Occupational Therapy, Play Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Karate for All
(714) 731-4668
Tustin, CA
Support Services
Karate, Occupational Therapy
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Making The Transition From The World Of School Into The World Of Work

Making the transition from the world of school into the world of work

Dr. Temple Grandin

During my travels to many autism conferences I have observed many sad cases of people with autism who have successfully completed high school or college but have been unable to make the transition into the world of work. Some have become perpetual students because they thrive on the intellectual stimulation of college. For many able people with autism college years were their happiest (Szatmari et al., 1989).

I would like to stress the importance of a gradual transition from an educational setting into a career. I made the transition gradually. My present career of designing livestock facilities is based on an old childhood fixation. I used that fixation to motivate me to become an expert on cattle handling. Equipment I have designed is in all the major meat plants. I have also stimulated the meat industry to recognize the importance of humane treatment of livestock. While I was in college I started visiting local feedlots and meat packing plants. This enabled me to learn about the industry.

Many successful people with autism have turned an old fixation into the basis of a career. I was lucky to find Tom Rohrer, the manager of the local Swift Meat Packing plant, and Ted Gilbert, the Manager of the Red River Feedlot (John Wayne's feedlot). They allowed me to visit their operations every week. They recognized my talents and tolerated my eccentricities. These people served as important mentors. Educators who work with autistic students need to find these people in the business community. I finished up at Arizona State University with a Master's Thesis on cattle handling and chute design. At the same time I did some freelance writing for the Arizona Farmer Ranchman Magazine. This enabled me to further learn about the livestock industry and develop expertise.

My next step was to get hired for my first job at a large feedlot construction company. Emil Winnisky, the construction manager, recognized my talents in design. He also served as a third important mentor to force me to conform to a few social rules. He had his secretaries take me out to buy better clothes. At the time I really resented this, but today I realize that he did me a great favor. He also told me bluntly that I had to do certain grooming niceties such as wearing deodorant. I had to change. I was most interested to read this passage in one of Kanner's papers about people with autism that make a successful adaptation: "Unlike most other autistic children they become uneasily aware of their peculiarities and they begin to make a conscious effort to do something about them." (Kanner et al. 1972).

Emil was an eccentric guy himself and that may explain why he hired me. About six months after I was hired, Emil was fired. I continued to work for about a year, and I quit because I was asked to participate in some highly questionable business practices. While I was at the construction comp...

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