Autism Seminars Chattanooga TN

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Siskin Childrens Institute
(423) 648-1700
1101 Carter Street
Chattanooga, TN
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Academic Assessments, Activities, Adult Support, Art Therapy, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Compounding Pharmacies, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Education, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Nutritional Counseling, Nutritional Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Private School (Integrated), Psychological Counseling, Research, Research, Sensory Integration, Speech Therapy, Support Group Meeti
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Preschool

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F.E.A.T. of Chattanooga
(423) 296-0092
Families for Early Autism Treatment
Chattanooga, TN
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Disability Advocacy, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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Autism Solution Center - Laura Corby
(901) 758-8288
9282 Cordova Park Road
Cordova, TN
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Early Intervention, Medical, Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars

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MIND Child Development Center AUCD
(615) 936-1104
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN
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Disability Advocacy, Government/State Agency, Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars

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Beyond the Limits, An Autism Resource Connection
(615) 870-7819
P.O. Box 63
Hendersonville, TN
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DAN! Pediatrics, Disability Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Nutritional Counseling, 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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Autism and Behavior Services
(615) 519-1845
3309 Cummings HWY
Chattanooga, TN
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ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Academic Assessments, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Early Intervention, Social Skills Training, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Trainings and Workshops
(615) 585-1188
116 Wilson Pike Circle Suite 108
Brentwood, TN
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Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Floortime, Helpful Websites, Sensory Integration, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Kindergarten,Preschool

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Paige Adams,MSN, FNP, B-C
(615) 331-1973
1028 B 18th Avenue South
Nashville, TN
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Biomedical Intervention, Compounding Pharmacies, DAN! Doctors, DAN! Pediatrics, Doctor Referrals, Doctors, General, Doctors, Naturopathic / Homeopathy, Helpful Websites, Hyperbaric Oxygen Providers, Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment (HBOT), Medical, Nutritional Counseling, Nutritional Counseling, Other, Products/Stores, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Vaccine Awareness, Vaccines
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Tennessee Disability Pathfinder
615-322-8529 or 800-640-4636
1810 Edgehill Avenue
Nashville, TN
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Disability Advocacy, Other, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Interdisciplinary Instruction in Neurodevelopmental Disorders LEND
(615) 936-1104
Vanderbilt University 2100 Pierce Avenue
Nashville, TN
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Disability Advocacy, Research, 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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