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Valentine's Day: Sensology

If you follow me on any of my social media platforms, including this blog, you will have seen me mention before about our sensology sessions that we take part in, in class. The kids absolutely love these sessions and they are really progressing well after regularly taking part in our weekly sessions.

Here's a brief overview of what our sensology sessions look like:
  1. Hello Song 'Say Hello, Hello, Say Hello, Hello, Hello (insert name here and wave), Hello (another name and wave etc - go around the whole group).
  2. Scented Hello. Spray a freshener smell (we put a little bit of scent into a water bottle and fill with water too) then spray it above the pupils so that they can smell the scent, then say hello.
  3. Look in the mirror. Hand out small mirrors to everyone and play a song about looking in the mirror or body. Encourage students to make faces into the mirrors, recognise different features on their face.
  4. Use your nose. Put some smells into small pots, hand them around the students one by one to smell. We usually theme these - for Valentine's Day we used a chocolate cake scented yankee candle (not lit), flower scent. We use a 'nose' song from youtube.
  5. Use your mouth. Tasting session - encourage students to their own individual abilities, some may only smell, some may touch, some may lick, some may put it in their mouth for a certain amount of time then spit it out, some may eat it, just go with the students and help them to steadily progress. For Valentine's Day we had heart shaped crackers, heart shaped sweets and slices of cheese cut into hearts. We use a 'taste' song from youtube.
  6. Messy Play. Put something messy into a tray and hand it around the students. We use a 'doodle' song from youtube. For Valentine's Day we mixed it up a bit and put water, red glitter and red hearts into the tray. Sometimes we use foam, dry sand, wet sand etc.
  7. Wash and dry your hands. The hands will be dirty after messy play so now it's time to wash and dry your hands, we have a tune which we sing along to - "wash those dirty hands, wash those dirty hands, wash them, wash them, wash them, wash them, wash those dirty hands" for drying just replace wash for dry and dirty for clean. A tray of water is passed around the students with some fun hand soap, they wash their hands, then they dry them with a towel.
  8. Hokey Kokey. For this we all go and stand in a clear area of the room, with the hokey pokey song playing. All the staff and students take part in this, it's a great way to get students to recognise left/right and different parts of their bodies.
  9. I feel good. You know the song "i feel good, du du du du du du" that's the one we have a bit of a sing and dance to. Staff blow bubbles for the students to dance with too - they love this bit!
  10. Finale. We have a soft glistening song played in the background, a big, glittery star is passed around the children and they each get complimented for something great they did through the session - good sitting, good tasting, good smelling, good dancing etc.


Nikki 

Valentine's Day: Heart Biscuits

This week we have been making some yummy heart biscuits and decorating them. First, we used a basic biscuit recipe, cooked them and then left them alone overnight. The next day we got into some serious decorating business!





We just used some buttercream, heart shaped sweets, marshmallows and sprinkles. The kids had a lot of fun making sure the icing only covered half of the biscuits and then decorating as they wanted to.

Nikki 

Valentine Crafts: Heart Sun Catchers

Valentine's Day is fast approaching again. We have been making more of these heart sun catchers - our students love making them, they're quick and easy to complete and they look great when up on display on our windows!


So, just read the instructions below to find out how you can make some of these adorable sun catchers!


What you will need:
  • Laminating sheets
  • Pink card - cut into a heart shape. Just the outline so that you can fill in the middle with scrap pieces of paper and glitter.
  • Scrap pieces of tissue paper cut into small pieces - red, pink, purple.
  • Red or pink glitter
  • Glue
  • Scissors



    What you will need to do:
    • Glue the heart outline onto a laminating sheet.
    • Stick down pieces of the tissues paper into the heart
    • Add some glitter
    • Put through laminator
    • Cut out into a heart shape
    • Put on your window for display!
    Nikki 

    10K Facebook Followers Celebration

    Evening all from a very cold UK. 
    This week has been one of the most exciting times for me in my TpT journey as I've hit 10,000 followers on Facebook! When I first started my TpT journey I could never have imagined reaching so many followers on Facebook and I can't thank all the supporters of Teaching Autism enough for your support over my journey.

    Reaching 10,000 followers has been a real milestone for me and I wanted to do something to give back to you all, so be sure to enter in my rafflecopters below where you'll have the chance to win some amazing prizes!! Be sure to complete ALL of the actions for the best chance to win. Good luck!




    The Importance of Boundaries

    Boundaries are one of the biggest issues within the classroom - should we set them? Why should we set them? Are they important? Do they make a difference? Well today, we'll find out just why boundaries are important and why you would be ensuring that you use boundaries consistently in your setting.


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