We start out the year learning about how to T.H.I.N.K. before we say it. We learn that words stick and can wrinkle a heart. A wrinkly is very hard to smooth out as the children discovered in these two activities.
In activity one I read cards with phrases that gave us a green thought ( positive feeling) or a red thought ( gave us a negative feeling) and with each 'red thought' we wrinkled our class heart. Once done I asked the children to try to smooth out the heart. They quickly learned wrinkles stay. So we read the pledge and signed our band aides promising to try being friendly and not wrinkle other's hearts.
The next time we met for Pirate Club we sorted situations into the think it pile ( pictured with the brain) or say it pile ( pictured with the mouth). The children did an excellent job demonstrating their understanding about how words can hurt and wrinkle hearts. They shared what wrinkled their hearts afterwards.
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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.