Worry Wall has returned to room 15. Basically Worry Wall “makes the person worry so much about the people around him or social situations that he or she “hits a wall” and stops being able to talk at all to the people nearby” (Superflex Social Thinking Curriculum.
We talked about several related topics and I described Worry Wall as making us nervous/anxious and depending on the size of our worry it either changes our behavior
( BIG worry) or is just annoying ( SMALL worry). In either case however, we tend to ruminate . Our monkey in our brain darts around and as the song teaches this monkey just 'talks, and talks and talks."
A you tube movie that used the song Monkey makes the excellent point that the kids picked up on quickly ( thanks Mean Jean!) Basically that the monkey in our brain is like we have a bully inside us sometimes!
Once we listened to the song and watched the video the children completed a monkey GO chart and listed some of the worries for the next few lessons and activities.
Mrs. Cooper read a book aloud titled The Worrywarts. This is a book about our What If Worries. The characters worry
What if they walk into a swarm of waiting wasps?
What if the weather worsens?
What if they're walloped by warthogs?
What if.....? The children simply listed the worries of Weasel and Woodchuck and placed them on the GO chart.
When I returned, we took out our Monkey GO charts and the children were given two bricks ( red post its ) and a long piece of string. They were asked to pick two worries and decide which one was their biggest, the one that changed their behavior enough to 'hit that wall' and the monkey kept ruminating ( talk and talk and talk) and attach a long string to it. Next, they were to select a small annoying worry or one that they could handle or solve and attach a small string to it. These were posted on the GO chart and the children were able to see everyone had worries that felt overwhelming. For the next few lessons we will be focussing on strategies when we are over whelmed and bullying ourselves.
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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.