Hey, was working and teaching from home in your plan a month ago? It wasn’t in mine either. But here I sit, writing home based activities for my students in my adult daughter’s former bedroom, accompanied by two young dogs that didn’t belong to me three weeks ago. All over the country skilled teachers and therapists are working with some of the same problems, many times under more difficult conditions and circumstances. Collectively, it amounts to a tremendous amount of knowledge, skill and creativity. We should share it.
I want to share an example of an original work from one of my students with CHARGE syndrome. He has a dual sensory impairment, and communicates with multiple modes. One of the ways we found to be successful to communicate back and forth and back and forth, was to “co-draw,” a wonderful description which probably goes back to some of the co-movement deafblind strategies from Dr. vanDyk.
"The Row Boat Ride" is a hybrid story that includes elements of mantras, meditations, and pretend story writing. I often use it to introduce kids to yoga or to story-telling because it is a playful way to help them become mindful of their own levels of emotional intensity. It is most comfortable physically to introduce the story with young kids, as they face you and rock back and forth…
This story combines mantras, meditations and pretend story writing in a storytelling activity that helps students with visual impairment & autism spectrum disorder to understand their emotional levels
Whether you are raring to go and have your materials all organized, or your vacation flight arrives home the night before your first day back, it’s time. Here are just a few things I like to remind myself this back-to-school time of year.
I used to be that therapist. The one who threw around the words “self-stimulatory behaviors” and “idiosyncratic language” all of the time. The one who described her students as engaging in silly sounds, strange vocalizations, repetitive body movements, and non-communicative language. The one who had discussions about replacing those behaviors with socially appropriate behaviors unless of course we could ignore those behaviors or extinguish those behaviors altogether! I used to be that therapist.