Tag: school


LEADPrep satellite campus at Ryther

Aspiring Youth Parents: We’re excited to announce that Aspiring Youth’s parent organization, Ryther, will be hosting the Seattle satellite campus for LEADPrep, a really great private school. Here is a message from LEADPrep Director, Maureen O’Shaughnessy: LEADPrep is Teaming with Ryther! Knowing how well-served many of you have been by Aspiring Youth, it is a pleasure to announce our new

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Through our eyes: School

The “Through our eyes” series invites you to hear and learn from the perspectives of young adults in our community living with autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, learning disabilities or other social challenges. Asperger’s (along with other autism spectrum disorders) sometimes come in a nice little package along with ADD/HD, depression and social anxiety. And, naturally, these did impact my school life. I

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School year programs now enrolling

Enrollment opens for social skills groups UPDATED: Enroll now through our website in Aspiring Youth’s Social Skills Groups! Beginning in early October, our master’s level facilitators help participants identify and practice new skills, establish friendships and boost self-esteem. TIMES & LOCATIONS >> New to Aspiring Youth social skills groups? Schedule your enrollment meeting. AGE-BASED GROUPS: Topic-driven discussion ● Reinforcing games and activities ● Groups available for ages 8 to 19. THEME-BASED GROUPS: Social

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Learning Environments and Living Environments

Transferring lessons for school to home and back again. A talk with Ilene Schwartz, Ph.D., BCBA-D of University of Washington Learning happens everywhere. For all people it is important to use the skills that we learn across environments — at school, home, work, and in the community. For people with disabilities, especially those with ASD, using skills learned in one environment

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Can my teen attend college?

Thinking about college can be an intimidating challenge for teens on the autism spectrum, but maybe even more so for their parents. How will children manage without their special education case managers? How will they do without their social-emotional or behavioral supports in place? Might they flounder in the seas of large lecture classrooms? And of course those executive functioning skills: attention, organization, planning…

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Changing behavior: The ABCs

Understanding behaviors can be… challenging. We often hear from parents and teachers: “She won’t stop doing it, even though I’ve asked her to stop.” “It doesn’t matter what punishment I give. He still does it.” To truly understand the behavior and how to change it, we need to know exactly what the challenging behavior looks like, what “triggers it”, and

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Increase activity. Increase achievement.

Many of the kids we know and love show signs of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. We often see this interfering with their school performance. A study recently published in Clinical Neuropsychology supported the idea that children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have better cognitive performance when they’re allowed to engage in physical activity. What the study found: The researchers compared

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Learning Challenge: Escaping the “Feed”

A young adult science fiction novel, set in the not too distant future, mirrors the challenges that present day teenagers face. In my years of teaching high school language arts, one of the most popular novels among my students has been Feed by M.T. Anderson. It takes place in a dystopian future in which the majority of the population chooses

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