We have been learning to identify a worry, how worry feels in our bodies & how our monkeys in our brains dart around and ruminate ( talk and talk and talk). This is an excellent starting place for our upcoming mindful lesson on feelings. HERE is more about Worry Wall.
This week we made our Worry Keeper Boxes and a personal worry stone as another strategy tool we can use to calm and become more self aware of ourselves. Another way to pause before reacting. This is an ongoing focus in room 15 as we learn and practice these strategies /skills daily. BTW any rock will do! Wonderful pocket fidget.
The boxes were challenging as they involved fine motor, planning, and organizing materials. In hindsight, I will give fewer choices of materials the next time. Regardless, they turned out well and the children were able to make their personal worry stone with Sculpty clay that I took home to bake. They then glued on the directions ,picked their monkey and put them all inside their worry keeper.
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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.