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.


8 thoughts on “Autism

  1. Jaya, your post is well written. I love the information you gave. I strongly believe one of the most important thing a parent can do is- get involved in their child’s education.
    Meeting with the teacher, going to PTA meetings, helping their children with their homework does a lot. Great post!!

  2. You sound very passionate about helping kids with autism. You are going to be a great teacher. Good post!

  3. Really good information, as someone who has worked with Autistic Children it can be very challenging but also very rewarding. i agree sometimes teachers over use visuals but finding the right balance is important. Thanks !

  4. I enjoyed reading your post because I would also like to work with special needs children. All of this info will also help me with my future plans. Jessica’s Finding Happy was a great idea, it focused on the positive characteristics of these autistic children…it’s a shame that this disorder is linked to the Sandy Hook tragedy. Its interesting that you mentioned the difference between the basic classroom and a classroom for children with autism and special needs. I always assumed that visuals would be the best learning tool but didn’t put much thought into how distracting it can also be for these children. I learned a lot from reading your post, thanks!

  5. I also agree that many people are not informed well about this condition. To work with children of special needs requires someone who can be fully committed to their lifestyle and understand the difficulties they deal with and you seem really interested in their success which is great. Informative post!

  6. As we learn more about the mind we are learning more about different conditions. Just like health and nutrition it’s important to stay updated with new information. Not many people choose to stay informed about Autism. Glad there are people like you who are interested in the subject and helping those deal with this condition

  7. Great post. Past two semester I have researched about Autism and Autistic children and tried to understand and how can I help them as a teacher. I never got to work with an autistic child. So I don’t have any experience.Your post helped me a lot to actually know how to work with students with special need. I enjoyed reading your post.

  8. By reading Jessica’s blog you can understand she is very knowledgeable when talking about Autism. It must be very challenging for her day to day but she seems very optimistic and happy. I think it’s great that you are trying to make people aware of Autism so we could stop all these ignorant comments. I too found it heart-breaking to hear that people were associating Autism with the Newtown tragedy. Keep up the good work!

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