In addition to being a classroom teacher, I am also a grandmother of the most wonderful little boy who has some signs of AS, according to the best experts we can find at highly respected Universities and elsewhere. Lesson 10, as well as other lessons in this course, are right on the mark in picturing AS as it really, really is. My 6 year old grandson shares the AS experience by fixating on drawing and talking about anything that he perceives as robotic over and over and over again because that scares him in a way that no one understands including him. He is very verbal, has an IQ of 150+, but was/is always asking questions like why do other kids WANT to play with me, why can't I write, color, and use a spoon like others in my class. He talks about violent behaviors, not to do them, but as our instructor points out, to somehow lessen his fears of violence. We do not know how he even knows about such things. He is loving, and out going at home. His wonderful kindergarten teacher and school have made a world of difference in his life and by that his family's also. I wanted all of you to know that the lessons presented in this course are about real people and that they also really work. My child will probably never play a team sport, but might discover another solar system with the telescope he intends to build by himself.
I just wanted to say thank you. I have learned so much from this class. I can't wait to implement the strategies in my classroom. You made the lessons so easy to understand. As I was reading thru each lesson, I had a several "ah, ah" moments. It has made me look at several of my students differently and think of new ways to help them. If you know of any other classes on Autism, I would love to know about them. Again thank you for a wonderful class. I hope to take another class with you one day. :) Janice