We finally had a full week! Wow! The kids seemed ready to be back and while a whole week of indoor recess was not the most fun, they did a great job. We began our Hidden Curriculum topic of nose picking this week and talked about where and how we could pick our nose if we really need to. 1) In the bathroom stall 2) With tissue and 3) wash hands after. Many things in the hidden curriculum (unwritten rules) are not things you absolutely cannot do, but when and where you can. There is a time and place for nose picking--in private! Then we completed an acrostic poem of our names on rainbow stripes of paper we glued to a cloud. These will be hanging in the classroom for us to "Think Spring"! We began our March Madness Bracket of the Book Challenge that will be school-wide for March. We read When Sophie Gets Angry, Really, Really Angry. Monday they will vote on this or another book. Voting will continue until there is one winner at the end of the month. And naturally, ours are all about emotions and feelings (Mrs. Reece and I will be doing a class vote). What a fun week we had! Look for the brackets in our photo tab. Have a great weekend and hope to see you at the Auction tonight!
This blog will cover the last two weeks since they were both shortened weeks. Last week, the older kids began the Superflex curriculum with me by reading the book and then adding the Superflex character to our social detective notebooks. Superflex is a social superhero that defends us from the Unthinkables (bad guys that impact our social skills). The younger kids continued practicing and learning about social detective with keeping our brain/body in the group as well as being on and off topic. I went to an anxiety conference that was geared toward the clinical setting, but still provided a lot of medical information I was not aware of. It was really interesting. The biggest take back to share with you, is that CBT, Cognitive Behavior Therapy is the most effective, research-based therapy that addresses anxiety. From my own research and awareness, Tony Attwood has written about the combination of anxiety and autism and the methods to use. While I am not in the medical or mental health profession, I can at least speak to the social skills domain of what we do in the program and know that it aligns nicely with CBT. Much of what we do is CBT supportive, so that was great to hear. This week, Mrs. Szalay came in to practice giving and receiving Valentine's cards.
Megan McQuillan is the lower elementary teacher in the ASD program