I just returned to work after being asked by our vice principal to be an IA sub in our three self contained special ed classrooms. These are K-2, 3-6,& 6-8..(we overlap that last year for kids who need it). I have previous experience with kids who have severe developmental delays, ODD, & autism spectrum. So this isn't entirely new. But it's been a long time & I'd love to know what books you wish your kiddos teachers or IAs would have read....or anything you'd like to tell me that you wish had been dine(or is being done) for your kiddo.
Our school is a public, expeditionary learning school that utilizes a lot of outdoor education. So we're huggy We have many kids on the spectrum who spend part of their day in a regular grade class. The kids I work with do not. I'm mostly in the middle school & only about half of my nine students are verbal. I am sometimes assigned to one student, but not always. In our class our students write/type, cook, go swimming & roller skating & spend as much time with the rest if the school as we can. Some of our kiddos can be physical. Some will cry & are not able to vocalize why. We use communication devices & sign....but really what I'm looking for is that part you'd want for your own kiddo. The part that would make you feel like someone was working at "hearing" your child.
I have a couple of friends with medically fragile kids & also one with autism who have given me so much by letting me into their world.
I'm going back to school for my MSW this spring I love working with these fabulous kids. The sweet gestures of making eye contact while we're doing math or rubbing my head or my favorite, leaning up against my back are the highlights of my day.
Lemme hear what I should be reading, or listening to (TED talks, etc) and your words of experience. How can I be the best IA for your kiddos