Body Snatcher is the opposite of Space Invader. He makes us wander off, turn or look away .. basically remove our body from a group in a variety of ways. Last week the teachers used the 'Zoom Sliding Ball' to model Body Snatcher and Space Invader where the children had to demonstrate they could identify the difference. No problem and lots of giggles. Teachers were being silly and laughing too. Well this week the tables turned & they had to model for the teachers. Great fun! Once they got the hang of the teamwork required for this game they had to decide on how they were going to model Body Snatcher or Space Invader. For example, one could turn away, walk away , step in and get too close etc. These unthinkable can happen so quickly and there was so much fun and close observing , I couldn't snap a picture fast enough of the unthinkable actions!
The children were quick to point out that there are positives as well. Space Invader was good if you helped a person up who fell or got hurt. Body Snatcher was a positive if you needed to walk away from a problem to cool down . ;-)
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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.
I begin my 26th year of teaching this year! I teach in the Bay Area and live in the beautiful redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains. My sanctuary, place of reflection and daily sitting practice.
My hope is that this website/blog will help others understand and see children with Autism as talented unique thinkers who can and will contribute to our world and anyone who knows them in positive ways.