The blog I found myself drawn to is Thoughts of an Autism Teacher. I found this Blog while looking for teachers and classrooms for kids with special needs. I’m interested in this blog because the blogger seems very interested and engaged in her students. She posts up the most interesting little projects and ideas for the classroom, which can certainly make a difference for children with Autism. I’m currently a substitute teachers aid for children with special needs. Majority of the students I work with have Autism. Everyday I learn something new and each day I work in different classrooms with different teachers. Each teacher has their own unique way of setting up their classrooms with their own special reasons and solutions. As you spend time with different teachers, you begin to see the “method to their madness”.
The blog Thoughts of an Autism Teacher can build a connection with my peers by help them understand the difference between a basic classroom and a classroom for children with autism and special needs. Reading thorough this blog has helped me have a better understanding on how to work one on one with my students and understand why certain teachers avoid a visually busy classroom.
“One mistake I see sometimes in other autism classrooms is the overuse of visuals. What, you say?? Visuals are so important to students with autism, right??
Yes, visuals are important. However, some teachers take this a little too far. If you have TOO many visuals…
1) They lose their meaning. Student’s don’t know what to attend to.
2) They can be too visually overstimulating and distracting.
I like a lot of the suggestions from the blog, Clutter-Free Classroom. This blog is not actually an autism blog, but many of the concepts apply. Classrooms that are clean, organized, and minimize visually stimuli create great environments for our kiddos to learn.”
Not only is it important to research what teachers had to blog about Special needs, I was also interested in the parents perspective. Understanding a condition inside out can also make a difference. Working with the parents and parents working with the teachers can help children make little changes day by day.A more personal blog coming from a parent whose daughter has Autism is, Child’s Work, Child’s Play Blog. The author of this blog is Jessica, and she reaches out to other parents and help them with little tips here and there on how to cope with different situations for Autism. Her personal posts are touching and you can feel the love that she has for her daughter. Jessica not only reaches out to parents, she also gives brilliant ideas for activities and art for teachers. One the most inspirational and touching post she made is Finding Happy ( MUST READ ). With the recent tragedy that happened in Connecticut, I believe people need to learn and understand that Autism is not the blame, and sometimes you come across people with ignorant remarks and comments just because they don’t understand.
On a more personal note, I recently realized how much people are clueless about this condition. I had a conversation with a close family member and they actually questioned Autism and practically tried to make it an issue regarding the Connecticut shooting, at that point I was in tears, trying to explain to them what autism really is. Working with these kids you begin to have connection you didn’t even know was there. At that point I realized how much I truly love working with my kids. With one explanation at a time people will eventually wiser about the condition and stand up for these innocent children, teenagers and adults.