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"... the most important considerations in devising educational programs for children with autistic spectrum disorders have to do with recognition of the autism spectrum as a whole, with the concomitant implications for social, communicative, and behavioral development and learning, and with the understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the individual child across areas of development."
—Educating Children with Autism2001

Why xMinds?

Students on the autism spectrum have great potential to pursue higher education and meaningful work. They also have unique social, emotional, behavioral and cognitive needs that must be addressed for them to engage in the curriculum, be accepted by their school communities, and have positive educational outcomes. Partnership for Extraordinary Minds (xMinds) is dedicated to addressing the educational needs of these students. Generally, these students have been diagnosed with autism, PDD-NOS, Asperger's Syndrome, or nonverbal learning disorder, although some students remain undiagnosed or are identified with an educational disability other than autism, such as ADHD or Speech and Language Impairment.
What is an “extraordinary” mind?
Extraordinary literally means “not ordinary.” The autistic brain can differ in its development, anatomical structure, and “wiring” (the way the parts of the brain communicate with each other). The result is that people with autism think and perceive differently. Social interaction and problem solving can be significantly impacted; however differences in the brain also can result in marked strengths such as exceptional visual processing and visual memory.

Whom do we serve?
We support families and educators by presenting information that is essential to effectively collaborate to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students with autism and Asperger's Syndrome. This information includes:
  • The characteristics of autism/Aspergers and how these characteristics affect the child's behavior and learning style
  • Strategies that are effective in helping these children engage in the curriculum, form peer relationships, and be included in the school community
  • The IEP process, including sample goals and objectives
  • Educational placements, services, and accommodations available in Montgomery County Public Schools

In Montgomery County Maryland we provide events where families can have fun, share their experiences, exchange ideas, and form informal support groups. They can also speak with school board members and school personnel, who are invited to every event. We support policy makers by increasing their awareness of the characteristics and needs of students on the autism spectrum.

Who are our partners?
Our partners are parents, educators, policy makers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and professional organizations. We work together to improve the educational experience and educational outcomes for students on the autism spectrum.                                          

Partnership for Extraordinary Minds Incorporated is a 501(c)(3) registered in the state of Maryland. A copy of our 1023 IRS filing is available upon request by sending an email to info@xminds.org or by sending a written request to Partnership for Extraordinary Minds, 5004 Wickett Terrace, Bethesda, MD 20814.
Documents and information submitted to the State of Maryland under the Maryland Charitable Solicitations Act are available from the Office of the Secretary of State for the cost of copying and postage.

Improving the educational experiences and outcomes of students on the autism spectrum in grades K-12

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