Autism Seminars Annapolis MD

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Safety Shield
PO BOX 533
Riva, MD
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Adult Support, Other, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Adult

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Dr. Carol Amoia
(410) 827-0350
34 Greenwood Shoals
Grasonville, MD
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ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA/Discrete Trial, Academic Assessments, Career Counseling, Colleges/universities, degrees in teaching/special ed., Early Intervention, Early Intervention, Education, Educational Advocacy, Government/State Agency, Research, Schools, Ages 5 years and Up, Social Skills Training, State Resources, Education, State Resources, Parent Training, Support / Tutoring, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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STEP Seminars (Strategic Teaching for Everyday Progress)
(301) 495-8824
9120 Glen Ridge Road
Silver Spring, MD
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Support Organization, 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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ICAN of Washington, Inc. (Autism Waiver Provider)
(240) 475-1626
4202 Ambler Drive
Kensington, MD
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, 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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Caring Communities, Inc.
(410) 549-5707 or 1-866-CARING-4
1015 Gleneagle Court
Eldersburg, MD
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Respite, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education (MCIE)
(800) 899-8837
7484 Candlewood Road
Hanover, MD
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Camps, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Summer Camp/ESY, Support Organization, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Hyattsville Speech & Language Center
(301) 322-4995
4331 Gallatin Street, Suite 203
Hyattsville, MD
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Early Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Play Therapy, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade

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Worcester County Public Schools,Family Support Services
(410) 632-5234
510 Coulbourne Lane Drive
Snow Hill, MD
Support Services
Adult Support, Disability Advocacy, Education, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Research, Respite, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Childrens Innovative Therapy Group, LLC
(301) 652-2220
4833 Rugby Avenue, Suite 101
Bethesda, MD
Support Services
Auditory Integration Therapy, Camps, FastForword, Floortime, Lindamood Bell, Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy Supplies, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Sports, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Bethesda Speech for Kids, Mandy hart
(301) 530-6021
Bethesda, MD
Support Services
Early Intervention, Floortime, Play Therapy, Publications, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Support / Tutoring, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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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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