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February 2015

Four steps to teaching choice making to preverbal children

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I recently saw a couple for a consultation. They have a little boy, James who is 16 months and is as of yet not speaking. He is preverbal.  At 16 months we would expect early words like ‘mamma’, ‘dadda’, ‘mummum’ (for food), and other simple words as well as the production of strings of sounds. The first sounds are typically sounds produced at the front of the mouth ‘m, p, b, t, d’ and vowels-therefore it comes as no surprise that universally the first words produced by children to label parents and caregivers are typically /mamma/, /pappa/, /tata/ and /dadda/.…

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Mindfulness for teachers: meditative dishes.

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I have been trying to add to my morning a brief meditation to support my practice of mindfulness as well as to slow down my overactive brain. Sitting still for 15-20 minutes as an observer without reflecting, moving or planning the day can be a challenge. I have found it hard and although it is my goal to meditate each morning for 15-20 minutes I have needed to break it down to a more realistic objective.
My tools: dirty cups and plates.
Time: 8.30 am
Place: Kitchen
Objective: practice 3-4 minutes of mindfulness
I have recently discovered a joy in …

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Standing on your head: trusting our teachers

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With the help of my lovely teacher I did my first ever hand stand yesterday! It felt fabulous and was very unexpected. Now had Lisa, our yoga teacher started the class by saying “Ladies and Gents we will be ending class today by doing a hand stand”. I would have panicked! But Lisa is wiser and she knows all about setting objectives and differentiating instruction for her students. Many of my students often ask me to explain what we mean by differentiated instruction. A good yoga teacher knows all about this. Lisa had broken the task down for us. I …

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Bus Stop Conversations

By | Cultural and Linguistic Diversity, Everything Autism | 2 Comments

Location 1: 5th Avenue and East 75th St. It’s a windy January morning and I am waiting for the bus as are three other ladies. We stand there for more than 10 minutes. No eye contact, no acknowledgment of each other’s presence and no attempt to start a conversation. No one says: Have you been waiting long? Oh what cold weather we are having. I have learnt unless there’s an emergency DO NOT INITIATE CONVERSATION while waiting for the bus. When I once asked a lady at the same bus stop if she had been waiting long she looked at …

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