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

The charts were used constantly and really helped with communication. The encouraging words from the teachers were inspiring.

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.

Sasha is a therapy dog that visits the school once a week & makes classroom visits. The children became so clam while she was there.

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