I also want you to remember how important a fresh start is with our peers. Sometimes they have bad days; don't we all? Sometimes they even have bad weeks. But it is important to start new every single day. Wipe memories of the hard day before out of your mind and greet your peer with new energy.
I know that I appreciate it when Mr. VanLaan gives me a fresh start after I've been grouchy with him. I also appreciate it when Mrs. Rogalla gives me another chance after I mess something up here at school. I know for a fact that coming in with a smile and happy attitude is exactly what our peers need from day to day.
This doesn't mean that you shouldn't be on your toes with their behaviors. By now we know most of their behaviors and are prepared for them. But we should be anxious and waiting for them to happen. I hope this makes sense. It's a hard balance to have when working with someone with autism.
On a totally different topic, I'm going to hand this blog over to Hannah, our Star LINK of the Month! Welcome Hannah!
One of the hardest moments in class was a few weeks ago when my peer seemed to be having a hard time. He kept trying to play games and listen to music while we were supposed to be working. He got very frustrated and mad when I changed it back. He did calm down, but he seemed to be very stressed out.
One of my favorite times so far was when I got to help my peer on his test. I was really glad that I was able to help, because I hadn’t gotten to help him with a quiz or test before that. I was glad that everything went smoothly. :) It has been really cool when my peer communicates with me with his ipad. It’s nice to see his good things and get to know more about him!
I am so excited to keep working with my peer this semester. I think that this is going to be a great year, and I hope that I can really help my peer. :)