Attached is a picture of one of my students looking at his behavior contract. It includes the rules of the classroom ( sit, quiet voice, gentle hands, and listen). It acts as a reminder for the student of the classroom rules. During a lesson or activity, the student earns a check if he follows the classroom rules and earns a reinforcer or a reward of his choice for a limited time of 5 minutes.
It is successful because it is used consistently and it gives structure to his school day.
Autism Awareness month is quickly approaching in April. Below are some facts from Lisa Goring who is the executive vice president of Programs and Services of AUTISM SPEAKS:
- Early identification, diagnosis and intervention can make a significant difference. Autism can be reliably diagnosed by age 2. Yet, the average age of diagnosis is between ages 4 – 5. That’s why raising awareness and understanding the signs of autism are so important. The earlier we can recognize the signs of autism and get support for our loved ones on the spectrum, the better outcomes they will experience throughout their lives.
- Everyone has their own unique experience with autism. Autism is a spectrum condition, meaning it affects people in many different ways and in varying degrees. To ensure everyone receives the care and supports they deserve, we must provide the scientific community with tools that will enable them to discover personalized treatments. Autism Speaks is committed to this effort through our groundbreaking MSSNG genomics program, which will lead to a better understanding of autism and new ways to treat its symptoms.
- Autism is a lifelong condition. In fact, each year 50,000 children with autism transition to adulthood. Many of them are capable of going on to meaningful employment and living on their own. But they need more employment opportunities and housing and residential supports. Autism Speaks continues to work with public and private partners to ensure people with autism successfully transition to adulthood.
- Acceptance is the answer. Together we can make a difference in the lives of people with autism by accepting their many gifts and recognizing the challenges they can face. Autism currently affects 1 in 68 people — these are our loved ones, friends and neighbors. We owe it to them on April 2, and every other day of the year, to make the world a more understanding place. So let’s Light It Up Blue together and shine a global spotlight on autism!
We just had our Thanksgiving luncheon last month and it usually includes a potluck Thanksgiving luncheon provided by the staff. We usually invite the families of our students.
This year, we took turns saying what we are thankful for AND each class had a performance with a song or reciting poems of what they are thankful for. It was a nice day for us all!
First, I would like to apologize for my recent absence from my blog. I have been experiencing technical difficulties and have now figured things out. As you might know, I am the Autism Strand Coordinator currently, but my role still includes teaching students as well as supporting the teachers in the autism strand. I teach students from K-8th grade. Last October, we made “Mud Pudding” for a Halloween treat and it was awesome!
Below are pictures that include the Mud Pudding product, the directions and recipe for the students to follow and a picture of a student putting pudding into the tray. The students had a good time and enjoyed the treat!
The materials for the recipe includes: chocolate pudding, graham cookies or chocolate pudding, gummy worms, a spoon and a sandwich bag.
The math worksheets below include student goals and directions. There are 4 different math worksheets. They address counting using 1:1 correspondence, adding 1 digit numbers, subtracting 1 digit numbers and multiplying one digit numbers. The materials include number dices and dry eraser markers.
If you have a classroom of students with different cognitive levels, have the students who are cognitively higher work on the addition and subtraction worksheets and the other students can work on counting 1:1 correspondence.
The students enjoy these math worksheets because they are like math games. Duplicate these ideas and put them in page protectors or laminate them.