Ymkje Wideman-van der Laan is a writer, editor, and autism resource specialist. In 2006, she assumed the care of her 6-month old grandson, Logan. There were signs of autism at an early age, and the diagnosis became official in 2009. She has been his advocate, and passionate about promoting autism awareness ever since. Logan is the inspiration behind "School Rules Are...?" and other books she wrote for him. You can contact her and find out more about her and her books at www.ymkje.com and www.autism-is.com.
School Rules Are...?by Ymkje Wideman-van der Laan, Jennifer Lackgren
Keeping to and focusing on a task, staying seated, and transitioning from one activity or place to another while in school, can be challenging for children with autism. It certainly
Logan does not finish his tasks at school, so he has to do a lot of homework. After his grandma reads his daily report, she teaches him some important school rules to help him do better.
Keeping to and focusing on a task, staying seated, and transitioning from one activity or place to another while in school, can be challenging for children with autism. It certainly was for my grandson when he started attending school.
We were very fortunate to have the help and expertise of Ron Gibson, MA CAS, the lead school psychologist and chairperson of the Autism Problem Solving Team for Harnett County Schools, N.C., He and his team developed some basic school rules for children with autism, and his teachers introduced these rules to my grandson's class. To help reinforce the rules he was learning at school, I wrote "School Rules Are...?" I also made some simple illustrated visual supports to go along with each rule. My grandson, and the other children in his class, soon caught on, and Good Eyes, Good Ears, Good Hands, Good Feet, Good Voice, Good Friends, became household words.
Verbally and visually reminding my grandson of the rules regularly and consistently, both at home and in the classroom, made a big difference and helped make his time at school successful and productive. I hope "School Rules Are...?" with its bold and bright illustrations can help do the same for other children with autism.
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