Energetic. Creative. Quiet. Silly. Anxious. Affectionate. Special. These are just a few words to describe a child on the autism spectrum.
They say if you've met one child on the autism spectrum, well then, you've met one child on the autism spectrum.
Now imagine a classroom of eight of these magnificent and unique children, all with different strengths, talents and challenges. These are my students. They all have a different story, background and personality, but in our classroom they are all special. They all come from different stories and backgrounds. They don't all have the opportunity to gain valuable life skills outside of the school day so we do our best in our classroom to grow together and make every moment a learning opportunity.
The use of dramatic play in the classroom can make a world of difference for my students to help prepare them for real life situations. Things we take do mindlessly every day like grocery shopping, going out to eat and completing a transaction can be overwhelming to others, but with simulated life skills my students can practice and prepare to enter the real world.
We are requesting pretend play items like a market stand with a working scanner and cash register, a mailbox and various items you might see at restaurants so that we can not only practice important life skills like going out but we can work on communication, using money and taking on responsibilities.
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