Autism Awareness Month
This month is Autism Awareness Month, and today we should all Light it up Blue in support. I recently wrote a blog post on TeachTales as to why this month is important for me, and you can now read it here:
"This month is also very special to me. I am constantly educating myself on the subject matter and finding new strategies to bring into my classroom and work. Over the past two years, I have been working with a student with autism at a tutoring centre. I speak about this student and the strategies I have used throughout the tutoring sessions on my personal website (www.mskaraline.weebly.com). This student is so special to me; he remembers everyone's name, the school they go to and how they get to the tutoring center. I love walking in every week hearing “There’s Karaline coming from the University of Ottawa taking the 7 bus”. To me, that is the most special welcome I could ever get. He also loves to use calculators and work on math equations. We work on other things as well, but I always make time for his calculations. He’s also an AMAZING hangman player. Sometimes there will only be 1 letter, and he manages to guess the word in seconds. He places such an importance on recycling and keeping things neat and tidy. He is my student, he is my friend, and he is part of the reason why I am such a big advocate for students with autism.
I will be leaving the centre at the end of the month, and it breaks my heart to think that I will not be working with him anymore. Not to fear readers, I plan to surprise him at some point with a visit! We’ve build up this great relationship for 2 years, and I can’t imagine never seeing him again. He has come so far not only academically, but socially as well.
I encourage you to send in any websites, blogs or resources you have about autism, and I will gladly share them on the website. You can even share these resources in the community section on this website, and start up a discussion. Let’s spread awareness this April. "
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