This character makes the person’s body move into other people’s personal space, not realizing how uncomfortable this makes others feel. (Superflex…A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum)
Space Invader is a consistant unthnkable observed in our classroom. We struggle learning how to regulate and be aware of our bodies in a group be it on the rug, in line, at a table playing a game, working with a partner, walking by desks or through a door etc. Where we are with our body in space is a complicated series of skills and this unthinkable allows us to start bringing awareness to this concept and practice our new understanding of this idea.
STAY TUNED FOR OUR PIPE CLEANER PEOPLE SPACE INVADER MOVIES!
After reading aloud and discussing this funny book about personal space , we broke into our small groups . We are beginning our non verbal communication unit with this new unthinkable. ( Body Snatcher is waiting to join us ;-)
We started his unit in my group working on zones of personal space. (Or how close specific categories of people- family, friends , strangers... can be to keep us safe and comfortable.) We talked about the context, how our personal space and those of others can change. This is why it can be confusing! We then sorted situational cards into three categories- Too Close, Good personal Space or It Depends.
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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.