Autism Seminars Alexandria VA

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PEATC (Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center)
(800) 869-6782 (in VA) or (703) 923-0010
Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC), 6320 Augusta Drive, Su
Springfield, VA
Support Services
Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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A Piece of Mind
(202) 549-0797
Washington, DC
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Kindergarten,Preschool

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The Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD)
(202) 687-5000
Center for Child and Human Development, Georgetown University, Box 571485
Washington DC, DC
Support Services
Early Intervention, Research, Training/Seminars

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American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
(202) 966-7300
3615 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Other, Research, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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Susan A. Glaub, M.A., CCC/SLP, McLean Speech and Language Services
(703) 734-0211
6845 Elm St., Suite 440
Mc Lean, VA
Support Services
Early Intervention, Early Intervention, Other, Social Skills Training, Therapy Providers, Tomatis/AIT, 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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Center for Autism and Related Disorders (Annandale)
(703) 256-6383
5101-E Backlick Road
Annandale, VA
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Early Intervention, Government/State Agency, Medical, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars

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Agape Health & Life Solutions
(301) 203-4304
Fort Washington, MD
Support Services
Babysitting / Childcare, Respite, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Bonny J. Forrest
(202) 546-5286
705 8th Street, SE
Washington, DC
Support Services
Adult Support, Career Counseling, Educational Advocacy, Job Coach, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Medical, Research, Social Skills Training, Support Group Meetings, 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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Autism Advocacy Coalition of Virginia
(703) 476-1535
P.O. Box 2689
Merrifield, VA
Support Services
ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Social Skills Training, 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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Parents Of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia (POAC-NoVA)
(703) 391-2251
P.O. Box 1839
Vienna, VA
Support Services
Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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The Meaning Of Advocacy

The meaning of advocacy

Jeff Katz

One of the first, and in retrospect most important, lessons that Karen and I learned, way back when we first met Phyllis Kupperman, was “be Nate’s advocate.” We were new to the world of autism and hyperlexia, and, besides having to become amateur speech therapists and twice-weekly visitors to the Center for Speech and Language Disorders, now we had to become “advocates.” What did it mean?

No doubt, it means different things to different people. Perhaps some interpret it this way:

“Look, my child is no different from yours. Don’t call him/her autistic, don’t label him/her as someone with special needs.” That tack is usually accompanied by much yelling.

Or this:

“I’m sorry, I’m sorry. He/she doesn’t mean to be disruptive.” This is often part of a strategy that involves taking your child away from the scene of the incident, avoiding embarrassment the top priority.

Here’s what we did: always, always, make sure that Nate’s improvement was addressed first and foremost. I can recall the first school meeting in Lincolnshire, IL when labeling Nate autistic was put on the table. Some parents genuinely recoil at that label. It hurt, sure, but what did it matter if, by categorizing Nate as such, he would get the services and extra help he needed to succeed. We asked questions regarding privacy, and making sure his personal information was not fair game, and the answers were satisfactory.

Would we have changed our acceptance of the label if the answers weren’t good enough? Probably not, because what he received as a result of the autism tag was what he needed. Our damaged feelings were inconsequential compared to the big picture of helping Nate. We always saw ourselves as partners with the school in the grand cause that is Nate Katz; we were never adversaries.

I went through a transformation when Nate took, in effect, the same math course for three years straight. I was a solid math student and was upset that Nate was, except for a few units here and there, subjected to identical material in grades 6-8. The epiphany, my V-8 slap in the head moment, came unexpectedly, but it came. Nate’s stagnant math career was of no consequence to his overall development. It was a problem for me and another adjustment of expectations. I look back at that as an important moment of separating my needs from Nate’s

Even now, we are fighting the good fight. As a recent post noted, Nate has a new test reader at SUNY-Cobleskill. He got one bad grade and we’re unsure on the other. Nate puts a lot of effort into studying, but he may get anywhere from 0 to 100 (and has). All we care about is that he is given the best chance at showing his skills to the best of his ability. We’re always in the process of making that happen.

Look, everyone meets their challenges in different way. I’m not suggesting your way is wrong, and ours is right. You can only do what you’re capable of. Yet, at the core, every parent of an autistic child...

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