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Here are a few social stories and resources that may help your child transition to summer break. Thank you for allowing us the privilege of teaching your child this year.
Last Day of School Social Story
Swimming Pool Safety Story
Getting Ready for Summer Break Tip Sheet from Sandbox Learning
Summer Travel Tips from the Autism Society of America
Texas Field Day
Thanks to all of the parents and family members who volunteered, supported, and donated to Texas Field Day. The students had a wonderful time!
I've made a few resources for teachers and families to use during the Easter season.
"Travis the Train Goes on an Easter Egg Hunt" Story
"Going to Church on Easter" Social Skill Story
"Decorating Easter Eggs" Social Skill Story
"Going on an Easter Egg Hunt" Social Skill Story
Attending Church on Easter Social Skill Article
(for older/more verbal students).
Repetition and Learning
In a February 23rd newsletter from the Circe Institute (an organization devoted to providing "inspiration, information, and insight to classical educators"), there was an article entitled "The Round Pen" by Buck Holler. I found this part of the article particularly interesting:
"An intimate knowledge of something and a mastered skill never come in single servings. Repetition labors towards the potential moments of discovery. It draws the eyes and ears to detail, and allows the mind to rest upon the securities of form, constancy, and being. Repetition does not constrict the possible; it forms the ground out of which the possible may break. Chesterton referred once to God saying to the sun, 'Do it again!' at the dawn of each new day...
I try to teach and work from the round pen. The round pen is the initial and primary training ground for every fundamental skill a horse will ever use. If the horse demonstrates he is not yet ready, it is back to the round pen.
In a similar way, if students demonstrate they are not yet ready to exercise fundamental concepts we have previously worked on, then we stop and go back to the round pen, and review. It is senseless to attempt to move forward.
I am increasingly dissatisfied with the common, practically routine classroom practice of lesson, test, score, move on regardless of how well the student grasped the material."
According to Dr. Jim Ball (BCBA), repetition is one of the essential components of an ABA/educational program for students with Autism. I thought it was great to see this same idea reflected in the perspectives of the classical education model.
I just wanted to take a few minutes to say thank you to all of the families at Flint Academy. It is a privilege and honor to be your partner in the education of your wonderful children. I appreciate the opportunity to work with your children each day, and just wanted to let you know how blessed we are to have you all at our school.
Strategies for Returning to School after a Break
Here's a tipsheet from Sandbox Learning on helping a child return to school after the holiday break. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and we are looking forward to seeing you all back in the new year!
Contact Ms. Caldwell
Welcome to my website! I am the Autism Specialist at The Flint Academy. I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Elementary and Special Education) from the University of North Texas. I also completed a Master's Degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Autism Intervention and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at UNT. I am currently working toward a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (with a focus on Autism). I will be attending this program part-time while teaching at The Flint Academy. I am also in the certification process for Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) through the Koegel Autism Consultants at the University of California. I am excited about the benefits that this increased knowledge and training will bring to our students and faculty.
My previous teaching and internship experiences include elementary special education (1st - 5th grades), Montessori preschool, general education Kindergarten, ABA Coach, and preschool inclusion for children with Autism.
I have also given presentations at several conferences and events for teachers. These include:
Thank you for visiting my website and I hope you have a wonderful day!
"By raising our voices together, we are creating a world that celebrates children for their abilities." - Diane Bubel
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