I hope you all have had a great week so far. It's been a crazy and weird week for me. With the snow day, being gone with a sick baby and then being sick myself and THEN a crazy long meeting this morning... whew! I am worn out, I miss my boys and I feel like a pretty crappy teacher. I am just so proud of you for helping the boys to handle all of this craziness though.
I have a few more important meetings next week, which throw a wrench into our meeting time on Wednesday. So after speaking with Mr. Cataldo, we are moving our LINKS meeting to TUESDAY. All of your homework will still be due on Wednesday, we will just meet a day early. Also, please note that we will ALL take A Lunch and then meet directly afterward. This does not affect you if you normally have A lunch. Anyone who normally has B lunch, please do not forget! We will come after you if you do not show up when class starts and then you will not get a normal lunch time.
I was so happy after our meeting earlier this week. I love the amount of participation from you all. I can already tell that this is going to be a great semester!
On Wednesday we finished answering some of your questions about this class, the boys and autism. It was a perfect introduction into our next topic: The Basics of Autism.
The following video is a great resource for parents. It's put together in simple language and has easy visuals for them to understand what to look for in their own children. As you are watching this, think about our boys. You will have a homework assignment pertaining to this 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? (Think about what you just learned in the "First Signs" video up top)
4) Tell me one thing that you learned from this video.
Have a wonderful weekend! Don't forget to check the homework tab!!