Sue Keasler, M.S. ed. PreK classroom teacher of at-risk students
by Sue Keasler
(East Alton, IL USA)
I am a teacher of at-risk 3-5 year olds in the public school setting. This is my 20th year, and I am both fascinated and baffled by SPD & autism. It truly is a passion of mine to get as much info as I can on it because my classroom is loaded with I'd say 50% of kids who exhibit sensory 'issues'& I have a child (3 years) with autism.
I told my principal just today, that if I could take a sabbatical or get some intensive training as a classroom teacher and then be able to pass that on to student teachers and other teaching peers, I would LOVE it! Between the SPD things we see and the social-emotional piece that is making our kindergarten prep extremely difficult for our children, there has to be more training and orientation into the world of teaching and understanding these children w/ SPD & autism.
I have been to a couple of great workshops on Sensory Processing and have some great material, but I need more time to be able to develop my classroom into what needs to be in order to meet all the needs of the children in my class. I do not want the full OT/PT certification, but rather I'm looking for great info and support for the general ed teacher.
The SPD things happening in my room that my kids bring in make each day very challenging, but also, never boring! If we could all understand what these kiddos need, share it with their parents, and pass it on to the next school/grade level, I think we could make these kids lives' a bit better - and also make the classroom a richer learning environment! It would even make things a bit calmer & make the learning more impressionable.
Thanks for letting me share my passion for my little friends...