What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL)?
 
It is a way in which children gain a better understanding of their emotions through explicit learning of strategies and intentional reflection. This, in turn, helps to massively improve their social skills as they become more...

10 Reasons Why “A” is for Awesome AND Autism! 

A few of our favorite things about working with our awesome learners with ASD...

1. Sometimes they are the only people to say exactly how it is

Learners with autism can often be very literal, and as a result might not compreh...

September 24, 2017

Here we go again...! It’s the start of a new school year and I am working overtime to get to know my new students. I’m writing social stories, Top-Secret Mission Cards, creating reinforcement systems and doing preference assessments. I am figuring out the best ways to...

My husband would not describe me as a flexible person. He’s right, I am not flexible. I don’t like schedule changes, I’m a creature of habit, and I could eat the same food for lunch every day. So, I can really relate to my students who struggle with inflexibility and r...

“No!” my student replied, when I gently told her we needed to go outside for the fire drill. She was just frozen. I couldn’t figure out what was going on with her, but I knew she felt worried. 

We had done all that I had expected us to do, given her headphones...

“This game is my idea!”

“I’m in charge!”

“You have to play it this way or you aren’t my friend.”

“No! We have to do it this way!”

Giving up control and letting others make choices is really hard, both for adults and kids. Not being the boss of a group can be very challengi...

“I only want to play basketball!”

“If you won’t play this game, I won’t play with you!”

“But I want our team to be called the Purple Pandas!”

“I want to be the red piece!”

“No, that idea is stupid!”

As a teacher, I used to hear these phrases all day long. It would drive me...

Meet Alex and his friends Max, Lily, Bella and Jack who are all members of the A-team. “A” stands for Awesome and also Autism. Each member of the A-team has Autism, but they are all different!  

Join Alex as he helps us understand Autism. Learn more about the...

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