After practicing listening carefully with our animal ears to objects they could see & my reassuring them I would not make startling noises they put on their blindfolds to listen to more sounds. They were asked to notice if the sounds were the same or different, describe the sound & if they liked the sound. They always tried to guess the object.
Some of the items were familiar classroom items some were not. We listed the many adjectives and feelings on a white board as we went along.
I then made repetitive sounds for longer periods.. soft cup tapping , soothing music loop. They all noticed it made them feel calm unlike the other quick brief sounds.
This led to a final discussion of things we could mindfully listen to to help us sleep, calm down and relax. They listed many nature sounds: beach, river, birds, wind...
I showed them a soothing app on the iPads.
Once the lesson was complete they continued working on their digital journals.
Welcome to my classroom!
I am passionate, a little bit quirky ( some may say a little bit more) and dedicated to serving children with Autism. These young people have touched me deeply and have made me a better teacher & hopefully person. I want to share what I have learned that allows these beautiful children to grow & sometimes thrive in my class.