I Am a Teacher of Children With Autism

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    Mischief

    There is a child in my class who likes chewing things. He chews his jumpers blu-tack rubbers (by this I mean erasers, if you're American) the rubbery surfacing of the playground the seats of the swings. We tell him "out of your mouth, James!". Sometimes we give him a chewable...
    DancingFox DancingFox
    31-35, F
    Feb 17, 2011

    Can You Eat The Foam Letters?

    Little James will eat all sorts of non-edible things: the soft rubbery surfacing of the playground, his jumper, bits of the swing seats, the big foam letters we use to teach... so the other day, I had a chat to him about what you can and can't eat. "You can eat sandwiches...
    DancingFox DancingFox
    31-35, F
    1 Response Jul 19, 2010

    OMG.

    A Facebook friend and I were discussing my previous job (I was a Teaching Assistant at a school for Autistic children) and she said this: "Well a close friend of mine said that you were by far the best teaching assistant her son had ever had and she was sad to see you go." That...
    DancingFox DancingFox
    31-35, F
    1 Response Mar 1, 2013

    Our School

    I work as a teaching assistant in a school for children with autism. Our pupils are aged 3 to 11. I work in the nursery/reception class, which means in my class they are aged 3 to 5. There's 4 adults in the class: one teacher and 3 teaching assistants. We have 8 pupils, 5 boys...
    DancingFox DancingFox
    31-35, F
    3 Responses Nov 11, 2009

    They Care For Us As We Care For Them

    Last week we had a meeting (the teacher I work with and the other two teaching aides). We had been observed by the headteacher and our practice was put into question - we don't work well enough as a team, for instance. I was the one who received most criticism for lack of...
    DancingFox DancingFox
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Feb 17, 2011

    We’re Not Talking About Hand-dryers.

    There is an autistic girl we know who has a thing about hand dryers. She has a terrified fascination with them. The minute she walks in the toilets, it’s the first thing she sees – the hand dryers. And then that’s all she can think about, because the noise...
    DancingFox DancingFox
    31-35, F
    Oct 1, 2010

    Bonjour!

    One of my kids said "Bonjour!" while I was working with him yesterday. Someone must have said to him "Kit speaks French and they say 'Bonjour' instead of 'Hello' in French" or something along those lines. And although James (of course it's James...) often looks likes he's million...
    DancingFox DancingFox
    31-35, F
    3 Responses May 18, 2011

    The Most Amazing Hearts.

    I have been fortunate to be a teacher with Autistic children for three years now. Honestly, there have been stressful, sweaty, and down-right days where I am craving a margarita after work. But there has never been one day where I am not totally in love and inspired by the...
    seh713 seh713
    26-30
    Apr 14, 2013

    Welcome Back To School

    I had a lovely day back at school. One of the kids came up to me with a big grin on his face, making eye contact, arms outstreched, and interlocked his fingers with mine. It warmed my heart so much! I mean, this little kid doesn't talk, and doesn't usually make eye contact, and...
    DancingFox DancingFox
    31-35, F
    6 Responses Jan 12, 2010
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