My students are enthusiastic and engaging learners. This is a sub separate specialized classroom that works with students diagnosed with Autism. The school is in a large inner city with limited resources. These students not only have diverse academic and social needs, but many come from lower income households. One-third of my students are English Language Learners and all have significant special needs. These students work so hard to learn things we take for granted. My students learn primarily through discrete trial training and tasks being broken down to the smallest components.
These students are beginning to learn letters, sounds, sight words, reading, numbers, money, time, and sorting to name a few.
The most important things they are working on are language development and play skills
Language development can happen in many ways. My students use picture cards to help them learn vocabulary and labeling of objects and actions. Many of the cards we use are old and ripped. Having some updated pictures will help foster language develop. Along the same lines, recently my students have discovered Mr. Potato Head and love to use it for body part identification, turn taking and problem solving. Something we all remember playing with from our own childhood can have such an impact for these students. Of course storage boxes are a necessity to keep materials organized to be able to quick get materials needed to run these students individual discrete trial programs. These students are creative and dynamic learners. I believe it them, will you?
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