Here is a video from You Tube. It is an inspirational song called the “Rainbow” song dedicated to those who are touched by “autism.”
I have been on a crazy roller coaster ride in the past several months since I was told the school I work in was closing. After 10 plus years, I am sad to see it close, say good bye to my colleagues, the memories I had with all the staff and students who entered and graduated from the program and have had several job interviews. Just last week, I had to pack tons of boxes. It felt like I was packing my life away before my last day of school ended for summer break at the school I worked in for 13 years!
After several months, I am happy to announce that I will be teaching students with autism from the ages of 4-7 in September. For over 10 years, I taught students with multiple disabilities in a middle school setting.
I am excited for this change and although this change is not a “drastic” change from what I have been teaching, it is a change of school, a different age level and class. I have had some experience working with several students with autism and a relative of whom is dear to me.
During the summer break, I will be preparing for my entrance into my new elementary classroom and look forward to making a difference in the lives of my new students!
I’ve been potty training my youngest child of three and each child has their own unique success story. Each child’s needs and wants vary. Some children take longer to potty train and some train immediately. There are many resources: iPad applications, videos, books, online websites and blogs about potty training. Sometimes, I wish there were not as many resources to choose from. It would be easier for everybody if each child were trained the same way and was successful after a few accidents! As a parent, you are the ultimate trainer. You know your child the best and you would know if your child is ready to be trained.
As a teacher, parent and a person with experience, I know several “must haves” for training a child to potty:
1) Consistency: stick to your plan. If you are potty training and go to work, the baby sitter also must “potty train.”
2) Follow through: whatever you tell your child, you must follow through. Example: If you “pee” in the potty today, I will give you stickers. If you “poop,” I will give you a puzzle.
4) Have a plan and include rewards and praise!
5) Don’t give up!
6) Create a successful “end date” and go for it: Example: My child will be potty trained in one week with only accidents the first couple of days.
For students with disabilities, use rewards, praise, pictures of the toilet (as a reminder) or objects (a plastic mini doll house sized toilet). Be consistent and follow through with your words. Be a model to the child or have a doll role play using the potty.
For those of you who might not know who Rachel Coleman is, she stars in a series of shows called, “Signing Time.” It is a series of videos that show ASL sign language to all kinds of people. People who have benefitted from these videos are people like myself (educator), children who are hard of hearing or deaf, children who are nonverbal, toddlers, etc. In the past, I have included Rachel’s videos as part of my curriculum in school. The videos are educational, child friendly and they make learning sign language easy.
Rachel has some sample videos on You Tube, but check out her interview and get to know her first!
I am a big fan of Pinterest and I have been seeing wonderful ideas for my home and classroom. Below are some great ideas I wanted to share with you! Enjoy!