We have begun our Social Filter Lessons. This is a big concept that involves many skills and self awareness. We focus and build upon this concept through out the school year.
Our social filter helps us gauge what to say or do based on what situation we are in or who we are talking to. This often takes explicit teaching, practice and time. Social situations shift & change which can be confusing for our students.
We will learn how to be mindful of our words and actions, learn strategies and techniques to say things that do not hurt others or give them red thoughts about us.
We must also learn when to tell the truth and how to be who we are without causing harm to others. Learning to think about others ( perspective taking), our selves and understanding others have the same feelings as we do is needed as well.
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.