I loved our discussion today. You guys are already on my good list because you are already participating in class discussions! A few of my semesters have taken a LONG time to get comfortable and do that. You all have been quick on the draw. Keep it up! It is a very important part of our class time together!
Just a reminder that we will have class during 5th hour on Wednesday, February 19. This is our first day back after mid-winter break, so don't forget! It is important to have you all there! I will have reminder notes for you in the office on Wednesday morning.
Today we had a great discussion on what things we see when we look at our peers with autism. We also recapped what you learned about the prevalence of autism. I want to touch on a few more "basics" with you. I know I told you that I only had one video for you to watch, but because the technology was not working in lab 13 today, I actually have two. Please comment on the second video (the Rosie video). The questions that I want you to answer about the video will be down at the bottom.
This first video is super short, but great information on diagnosing autism at an early age. It shows what parents should look for in their babies. It's simple but gives you great information!
What I love about this video is that they did a fantastic job of showing so many different aspects of autism with the kids that they chose to spotlight. It shows how big the spectrum really is! You can have very high functioning kids, or much lower functioning kids. I also like this video because so many different things that you see remind me of the boys that you and I work with. You will easily be able to find connections between these kids shows in the video and our peers.
One phrase that you will hear me say again and again is: "One kid with autism is one kid with autism"! When I see this video, that phrase always comes to mind. They are all SO different, just like our peers. They may have the same label, but every single kid with autism is going to act and react differently. You cannot put them into a box and assume they will do things like another student that you know with autism.
1) What did you think about the different aspects of autism presented in Rosie's video?
2) Is there one kid in this video that you connect to the most? (If you make a connection to one of our peers, please do not use their name on the blog!)
3) What are 3 different aspects of autism that you saw in the video?
4) Tell me one thing that you learned from this video.
I hope you all have a WONDERFUL mid-winter break! Looking forward to seeing you again on Wednesday!