Behavior / Social Thinking / Teacher Inspirations

Autism Life in Early Childhood

Early Childhood Education provides opportunities for young learners to observe, manipulate, experiment, and discover their surroundings through language enriched experiences and hands-on activities.  The goal is to create an accepting environment that encourages group interactions, sensory integration and healthy behavior management.

Besides intense interventions from an Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Pathologist and Social Worker.

      – Calendar & Weather
      – Centers
* Math
* Art
* Technology

              * Sensory Play
* Dramatic Play
* Social Play

      – Story Time / Comprehension
      – Handwriting Without Tears
      – Following Directions
      – Cooking

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I work intensively with 2 students that are diagnosed with Autism.  (A very cute non-verbal 3 Year Old and an Adorably Funny 5 Year Old)

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      The Smart Board helps with engagement and participation.  (Each week a new student is selected to be the Calendar/Weather Leader.)
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This is a favorite for my 5 Year Old! He loves to read!
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Weekly Readers for Each Unit (They love these!)

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Sight Word Books

Whole Group Reading
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The Weighted Vest helps this kiddo remain seated during the reading lesson. 


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He was so proud of himself for cramming all of the cards into ONE box! (makes me smile)

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Another FAVORITE center! At this age these kiddos just manipulate the pieces and engage in their routines. We work on slowly putting them out of their “comfort zone” by taking one piece at a time out and then work on handling changes appropriately.

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      This is one of the HARDEST areas for kiddos on the Spectrum. Dramatic Play (Imagination Play) usually consists of isolated play or parallel play and objects are often manipulated instead of played with.
We really focus on SHARING toys (super hard skill) and playing in a group (asking questions and responding back).

     Parallel Play
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Took ALL of the people and lined them up. This was what he considers “play.”


He was required to select 4 people and share the rest. This was VERY hard as he wanted to keep all of them. (With consistency of selecting 3-4 of an object and share the rest, he is doing much better with sharing the toys!)

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Teacher directed language play center. Kiddos were required to ask and respond to questions with each other.

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Working Together

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Pretend Snow Bin

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Scented Play-Doh

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Each week the students doing a cooking activity where they are giving visual directions that they follow together as a class.


Community Snack Mix.

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Valentine’s Day Cookie Designing with frosting and sprinkles.

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Homemade Ice Cream!

                                                                Birdseed Ornaments

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Turkey  Popcorn Snack Bags

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Apple Volcano!

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Mini Apple Pies

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Patiently waiting for his turn! 




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