Learning to read clues from others can be difficult to determine if we are invading someones' personal space. So, we began by looking over a PPoint with pictures of people in different scenarios to decide if a person was invading another's space. We talked about a person's facial clues, how they are facing, crossing their arms etc. There is a great deal of non verbal communication going on!
I began lining kids up on specific squares on the carpet and allowing them to adjust themselves. One child was very clear that he didn't like others to be close. Yet when asked to join the growing line, several kept standing in his square when another square or larger space was available.
We talked about the People file we had learned about one boy and I asked why so many had become his 'space invaders'. Interesting project. Stay tuned to a few more games of this nature while asking them to look for clues and respecting others space bubble and their reactions or words.
The children completed their videos after developing their story line for a basic problem they could encounter on a GO chart. They were then asked to demonstrate their understanding of a rigid reaction and then show a flexible response to the same problem. A few children added Rock Brain an unthinkable that keeps us stuck none idea. For an explanation of this concept and the many activities we did before this project see here, here, here and here. Or just click on Flexibility category!
This is an ongoing focus in this class as we struggle with being flexible & problem solving. Enjoy their problem solving!
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.
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.