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Happy Thursday. I hope that you’ve enjoyed having all your children back in school. Returning to school wasn’t easy and challenge us so much that we ready for the Easter Holliday break.
As we are getting closer to the World Autism Awareness Day (which is celebrated every year on the 2nd of April) I thought that I will get through all the books for children that explain Autism.
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The only way to accept is through knowledge and understanding. There is plenty of things that we can do to celebrate World Awareness Day. People are fundraising, organising sponsor walks, organise cakes and coffee meeting, make donations, etc. All these ways are important, and I admire all of them.
What I would like to focus on today is how we can help children with autism and their classmates to understand what it is and how they can help.
If you are not confident about this topic then I really suggest watching the short video about Autism first. Gather your class team and watch this short and sweet video about Autism. This will help you to talk about this topic and you will gather appropriate language. I placed the link to this video here.
We are all different in some ways. We are all unique and special. There is no other you in the world! And therefore, it is important to teach about acceptance. Teaching children about Autism or other special educational needs will help children to understand and accept themselves and other people who seem to be different because they have Autism, PDA, ADHD, they from a different country, etc.
First, you must decide what book you will read in the classroom. And, oh boy, you have plenty of choices! I placed and reviewed the books for you below.
If you don’t have time for planning and preparing the resources, then you can use mine
The plan is easy:
Plan of the day (tell children what they going to do today – use visual help)
Read a Book (I’ve chosen “It’s OK to be different” (on the carpet up to 5 minutes)
Ask children to fulfil 2 pages of the “All about me” worksheet (at their desks – simple read, decide and circle so you will need between 3-6 minutes for that)
Ask children to come to the carpet with their worksheets and together, on the whiteboard register the findings for the whole class (5 graphs and “I hope people will”)
At this time, I like to break the task with 3 minutes of dancing and singing exercise followed by quiet relaxing music and square breathing for the next 2 minutes.
I read the book about Autism. I’ve chosen “The children’s guide to Autism” (on the carpet for up to 5 minutes).
Ask children to fulfil the “Five senses worksheet” about themselves and children with autism (at the table between 3-6 minutes).
On the carpet discuss both worksheets with children (2-4 minutes).
Ask children to work with the partner or at the group table, or on the carpet with the whole class and fulfil the “What we can do to help” Worksheet.
At the end of the lesson, all children will receive the certificate.