Day 130 (of 189) remote learning on #WorldAutismAwarenessDay
In a very real sense, we can reflect on the (adapted) opening to Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities: It is the best of times, it is the worst of times, it is the age of wisdom, it is the age of foolishness etc we had everything before us, we had nothing before us…..
With our learners who are on the spectrum, it is likewise: best, because no school (which is very stressful to many) worst, because predictable structure is gone. And for those of us who have separated “learning at school” and “you time at home”, doing remote learning …. at home… is going to be a very conflicting message.
Especially when there is so much information (wisdom) to be learned available at the click of an app…. and just as many distractions and foolishness (so many candies to crush and toks to tik!)
We have everything available, but nothing in terms of certainty. When the unknowns are greater than usual (not just uncertainty about death, life, the universe and eternity) and include “when do we go back to school?” into the list of unknowns… well that’s like an all-you-can-eat-buffet for anxiety, depression and everything “blue zoned”.
In other words, it’s not an easy time for anyone, possibly more so for those on the spectrum. School can be stressful, but usually it is a familiar stress – predictable start and end times (the bells and fluid hallways can be triggering admittedly) and familiar layout.
So as we recognize our learners and family members who are on the spectrum, be aware that this change to more “unknown and uncertain” weeks ahead may be a tad stressful, and as others go high (get escalated) we need to model the calm and be even more patient. As I have been using as my mantra during this weird time of year… I am a leaf on the wind…watch how I soar!