After seeing many of my peers last night, I was reminded of the work done in education everyday. Hard but rewarding work, done by people with dedication to the success of students.
Don’t let anyone make you believe it’s all about the money.
“What day is it?”
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.
Yesterday really was a “favourite” day.
In working with students with autism, we often need to build a student’s repertoire of language by scaffolding skills. We use visual symbols and, if the student is verbal, teach them the corresponding words as we show them what the symbols and words mean. For instance, when we show them the visual for “dry hands”, we do the activity. Sometimes, we have multiple steps for activities (taking off winter clothes can involve a ridiculous amount of symbols/words!). The process is long, but over time, it is hoped that the student may themselves either point to the visual symbol to request an item/activity, or they may use the words alone.
I have been working with a particular student for 4 months on requesting preferred activities, such as…
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