Autism Seminars Arlington TX

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Texas Special Kids
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P.O. Box 151335
Arlington, TX
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Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Research, Support Organization, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Monkey Mouths Pediatric Speech Therapy
(817) 656-7240
401A Harwood Rd.
Bedford, TX
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Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Easter Seals North Texas
(888) 617-7171
Ft Worth, TX
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ABA, Therapy Services, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Jessica James Baldridge, M.Ed.
(972) 304-4362
414 Hampton Drive
Coppell, TX
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Behavorial Intervention, Helpful Websites, Support Group Meetings, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research
806-742-1998 x458
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX
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Adult Support, Behavorial Intervention, Career Counseling, Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Job Coach, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Research, Research, Social Skills Training, 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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Future Horizons, Inc
(800) 489-0727
721 West Abram Street
Arlington, TX
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Products/Stores, Training/Seminars

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Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) - North Texas
(972) 245-8722
P.O. Box 210324
Bedford, TX
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Disability Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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DFW Center for Autism
(817) 424-9797
303 W. Nash St.
Grapevine, TX
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ABA, Therapy Services, Behavior Assessment, Early Intervention, Helpful Websites, Private School (Integrated), Social Skills Training, Support / Tutoring, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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The Brent Woodall Foundation for Exceptional Children
1-800-209-9776 | 972-906-9157
106 Denton Tap Road, STE 210-PMB 333
Coppell, TX
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Disability Advocacy, Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars

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Valarie G. Sharp, M.Sped.
(325) 453-4619
9009 W. State Hwy. 158
Robert Lee, TX
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Other, 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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