December 14, 2017

Potential

My son started in first grade and is now in the fourth grade. His focus is better. His planning, organization, and following directions have improved significantly. There is a comprehensive approach to each child and if something is not working, the teachers and administrators are incredibly flexible and open to new ideas and strategies.

—Wendy from Golf Manor, OH

 

For the first time ever my son says he loves school. He has always dreaded getting up every day. Homework is beginning to get easier and he is more aware of what he is being asked to do versus looking lost and not knowing what to do. He also talks about his friends, which he hasn’t ever done in the past.

—Tricia from Milford, OH

 

Many individuals with autism have great memories for facts and details, but they have trouble organizing their thoughts and accessing and integrating the information they have to make it useful for them. This is called Executive Function (EF) disorder.

Executive functioning skills include planning, organizing, prioritizing, multi-tasking and time management. These skills are important not only for success in school but in life. Yet they are rarely “taught” resulting in anxiety and dread among students, parents and teachers.

There are many ways to help students compensate for EF deficits. Many use Assistive Technology to help them stay organized and on track. These can include assignment notebooks or checklists, annotated calendars, picture schedules, and color-coded information to distinguish subjects or projects.

When faced with a large project, students benefit from having the project broken down into manageable pieces with intermediate deadlines. With help, many individuals can learn how to break down large assignments into smaller activities themselves.

Ultimately, the goal is to help each student increase their potential by helping them to develop skills and strategies for success in school and beyond.

 

You can give a student skills to develop his or her potential. Read more here.

 

Did you know? In the first six years after high school, only 35% of youth with autism attend college. Further, the combined unemployment and underemployment rate for young adults with autism is estimated at 90%.

 

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