In order for children ( and adults ) to become more self aware & regulated to use the strategies taught directly and practiced during Pirate Club, we need to learn ways to slow down, explore our inner world, impulses, body sensations/boundaries and thoughts. Learning to respond vs react is an important component to understanding of the many SEL and social concepts taught in Pirate Club.
The Child Mind Institute is a wonderful resource and has been following the recent efforts to integrate Mindfulness, SEL and behavioral interventions.
They write -
' In the last few years mindfulness has emerged as a way of treating children and adolescents with conditions ranging from ADHD to anxiety, autism spectrum disorders, depression and stress. And the benefits are proving to be tremendous.'
This and more is observed consistently in room 15. Please read this article for understanding of this important area of practice and teaching to increase understanding of how room 15 is integrating SEL & Mindfulness which allows children to access not only the academics but also develop skills needed for a more meaningful life.
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The Power of Mindfulness Article
The Power of Mindfulness & SEL for (anxiety, attention, self regulation/ awareness & impulsive concerns)
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.