10 Hour Field Experience
"If you have met a person with autism, you have only met one person with autism." - Mrs. Freeman
Sensory tools for children to regulate behavior in classrooms:
~Weighted materials - These can be belts, vests, blankets, or pads. The vest helped the student feel secure and helped him stay calm/slowed him down.
~Pillow chairs (Much like bean bags) These are used to sit and rest from their chairs.
~Sound reducing headphones/ear plugs - These are used for students with auditory sensitivities. Students wore these when entering a new room.
~Touch box - These were bins all filled with different things. The four displayed and played with the most were: 1) Beans 2) Rice 3) Several types of materials like cotton, felt in different shapes and sizes.
~Chew sticks - Helped the students focus and remain calm
Observing the children ages 3-5 at Little Early Childhood Center was a rewarding experience. I viewed a mixed abilities classroom, where the majority of the students had sensory issues and many of them were diagnosed with autism. Another class I sat in on was a mainly Spanish only class and it was fun communicating with them in their native language.
The instructors at both locations and all three classrooms I observed were amazing, loving, caring professionals. I would be honored to one day teach beside them.