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