I am a teacher of exceptional students. My students are exceptional because of how they learn. Many like to focus on the things that they are unable to do, but I prefer to look at the things that make them great!
I teach students with autism.
They are learning from a functional academic curriculum. They are learning how to be independent and productive members of society. My students love a variety of different things in our classroom. They love our book nook, where they sit and read books. They love the game center, where they go to choose the game of the day that everyone plays. They love the classroom iPod. More than anything, my students love Puzzle Time!
Our classroom puzzles have taken a beating over the years. Missing pieces as well as normal wear and tear have made it impossible for my students to enjoy the time that they love so much.
My students have autism, and they have difficulty with problem solving and concentration.
Working on puzzles and solving them provides many helpful benefits. It makes us alert, increases our concentration, and expands our creativity.
Puzzles also increase their cognitive skills by helping them to problem solve. It also helps with their fine motor development delays, as well as increases their hand and eye coordination. Perhaps more importantly, it helps with their social skills and self esteem.
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