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By Beata Bednarska

As we getting closer to the World Autism Awareness Day (which is celebrated every year on 2nd of April) I thought that I will get through all the books for children that explains about Autism.

The only way to acceptance is through the knowledge and understanding. There is plenty of things that we can do to celebrate the World Awareness Day. People are fundraising, organising sponsor walks, cake and coffee meeting, making donations, etc. All of these ways are important and I admire all of them. 

What I would like to focus today is how we can help children with autism and their classmates to understand what is it and how they can help.

We are all different in some ways. We all unique and special. There is no other you in the world! And this is why it is important to teach about acceptance. Teaching children about Autism or other special educational needs will help them to understand and accept themselves and other people who seem to be different because they have Autism, PDA, ADHD, or they from different country, etc.

First, you have to decide  what book you will read in the classroom. And, oh boy, you have plenty of choices!  I placed and review them for you below:

"It's Okay to Be Different" by Todd Parr it's a really colourful book that inspires kids and adults to embrace their individuality through acceptance of others and self-confidence.
"I see Things Differently. A First Look at Autism" by Pat Thomas. This book is aiming to help siblings or classmates with autism to understand about their daily struggles.
"We're Amazing 1, 2, 3!. A Story about Friendship and Autism" it's a lovely story of Elmo and Julia.
"My friend Has Autism" by Amanda Doering Tourville it's a short story about two friends Nick and Zack. Boys have the same interests. It's is the Nick's personal inside on how it is to be a friend with Zack, who has Autism.
"Looking after Louis" by Lesley Ely. If you have support a child with echolalic speech then it's a good start to talk about that in the classroom.
"Ian's walk. A Story about Autism" by Laurie Lears is a story about Julie and her brother Ian, who has autism.
"The children's guide to Autism" by Fiona Reeves, mum that wrote the book to explain Thomas Autism to him and his friends. This is not the story as the book is written in the factual, non-fiction way.
"My Friend with Autism" by Beverly Bishop it's an exceptional result of a parent who was determine to educate her son's classmates about Autism to help her son fit in.
"Aurora's Gift" by Emily Bunny it's a very colourful and rhyming book.
"My Awesome Autism" by Nikki Saunders it's a very colourful and stimulating book, written in a form of diary. You can buy version for a boy as well.
"The Abilities in me. Autism" by Gemma Keir. Another colourful book about the boy with Autism. It's like a mini guide to Autism Good Practice at school.
"My brother is different" by Louise Gorrod it's the book that was published by the National Autistic Society. It will give you the chance to see how the family life is affected by having a child with Autism.

“The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance” – Nathaniel Branden

If you don’t have time for planning and preparing the resources then you can use mine 😁

The plan is easy:

  1.  Plan of the day (tell children what they going to do today – use visual help)
  2. Read a Book (I’ve chosen “It’s OK to  be different” (on the carpet up to 5 minutes)
  3. Ask children to fulfil 2 pages of “All about me” worksheet (at their desks – simple read, decide and circle so you will need between 3-6 minutes for that)
  4. Ask children to come to the carpet with their worksheets and together, on the whiteboard register the findings for whole class (5 graphs and “I hope people will”)
  5. At this time I like to break the task with 3 minutes dancing and singing exercise followed by quiet relaxing music and square breathing for the next 2 minutes.
  6. I read the book about Autism. I’ve chosen “The children’s guide to Autism” (on the carpet for up to 5 minutes).
  7. Ask children to fulfil “Five senses worksheet”  about themselves and children with autism (at the table between 3-6 minutes).
  8. On the carpet discuss both worksheet with children (2-4 minutes).
  9. Ask children to work with the partner or at the group table, or on the carpet with whole class and fulfil the “What we can do to help” Worksheet. 
  10. At the end of the lesson all children will receive the certificate. 

I believe that everything is self explanatory.

Now it’s your job to spread the word!

Planning and resources you can find HERE.

Books are NOT included so DON’T forget to get them.

I wish you and your children all the best in understanding and accepting themselves, and people with Autism.

Remember Bea Inclusive 

With love 💗

Beata

PS: I would appreciate if you will leave your comments below. Tell me how you are teaching about acceptance? How you would link this to the National Curriculum? Or, If you used my FREE planning and resources then please tell me if you enjoyed it.

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