I had the pleasure of visiting Mrs. McCotter’s Autistic classroom. I arrived at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, November 27th. Her classroom is at Ealy Elementary in West Bloomfield, which has a wonderful special education program. I chose to observe in an autistic classroom because it is something I had never experienced before until now. The classroom was incredibly nice and everyone was so welcoming! The classroom is arranged with a variety of stations. There is the play station, the movement station, their independent work stations, and a table and chairs. There were three paraprofessionals along with Mrs. McCotter working with the students. There are six students in the classroom, however only five were present that day. The ages range from 4 - 5. There are five boys and one girl in the classroom. Three of those students can work independently, while three of the students need one-on-one work. Five students were Caucasian and one was Hispanic. Three of the students are cognitively impaired, but I was told that autism is primary for them.
When I first walked in, the students were busy playing at the play station. I observed them playing at their play station. There were a variety of stuffed animals, trains, and puzzles there for them to play with. The students were very quiet and did not respond back to me when I talked to them. After they played for a bit, they went over to the table where they had their sing along. The sing along occurs every day, and helps the students get used to working in a group as well as using their voices to sing. Mrs. McCotter goes to each student and sings to them and tickles them. The students seem to enjoy the attention they received.
The students started to get a bit tired of sitting there, so they moved onto their work stations. Calm music played in the background, while some students worked independently and others worked with a paraprofessional or Mrs. McCotter. The goal of these activities was to sort objects or work on puzzles....
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