Our weekly song corresponds with our integrated science, pirate club and mindfulness study of the brain.
Brain Eater our current Unthinkable ( here ) and so many other places on this site hopes to defeat us when we 'flip our lid'- getting distracted, overwhelmed by our feelings, thoughts, and anything else in our environment.
Don't Flip Your Lid is a child friendly way to understand how the brain works, the impact of emotions on our brains and was originally coined by Dr. Siegel. Here is a short helpful video for parents.
Following along with the printed lyrics, we sang, read and watched these children's video about our weekly song. We learned how & why our brains can 'flip their lid' .
We also noticed that these children were using their breathing as an anchor for their attention to help their brains get to a calmer state. When we don't flip our lids we can learn, attend better, respond vs react and think more clearly!
We also watched a video about how these children who were able to meet with the song writer which included simple commentary from Dr. Siegel.
The Power of Mindfulness & SEL for (anxiety, attention, self regulation/ awareness & impulsive concerns)
Each child picked a strategy they could use at school and one they could use at home. We had quickly figured out not all calming strategies could be used at school.
The children picked many strategies: Self talk, a pet, breathing, quiet place, punching pillows, change the channel of thoughts , think of something good etc.
Once these were written on their individual card we went out side to shout out the strategy picked, run , jump and stomp on the blaster letting the rocket soar high above us!
Very exciting and hopefully memorable way to recall that useful strategy when they react with out thinking to a small problem with a BIG reaction.
To support and deepen understanding of the difference between reactions vs pause and responding we completed the ice cube lesson here.
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.