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As a teacher, Jim Yerman has "lived with autism" for over thirty years. In many ways, his students have become part of his family. And, as with a family, he has learned to laugh and find humor in the absurdity of everyday situations, for they certainly exist! This book chronicles some of those situations. Most of them are humorous, some are sad, and a few are downright surreal. But they are all real, refreshing, and honest experiences about autism. Each student, each story has important lessons infused. Ride through Jim's teaching history from Ohio to Florida, from working in an integrated university school, into a center for only special-needs students and back to a regular middle and high school. You're in for a wild ride!
Helpful chapters include:
Chapter One: So You Want to be a Special Education Teacher?
Chapter Two: Ready or Not, Here We Come!
Chapter Three: Forget What You Learned in College
Chapter Four: Be Prepared for Surprises!
Chapter Five: We’re All Doing the Best We Can
Chapter Six: Dealing with Situations Head-on
Chapter Seven: Don’t Jump to Conclusions
Chapter Eight: The Thief, A Little Night Music & Fluffy
Chapter Nine: Sometimes You Just Get Lucky
Chapter Ten: Hello & Goodbye
Chapter Eleven: Thank God for Do-overs
Chapter Twelve: Seeing the World through Rose-colored Glasses
Chapter Thirteen: Labels, Labels, Labels
Chapter Fourteen: Aggression—No Easy Answers
Chapter Fifteen: The Key that Unlocks the Door
Chapter Sixteen: Traditions
Chapter Seventeen: There are NO Guarantees
Chapter Eighteen: You Never Know Until You Try
Chapter Nineteen: The Chance to Belong
Chapter Twenty: Watch Out for Bumps
Chapter Twenty-One: The View from Here is Wonderful
Chapter Twenty-Two: Lank You, Tharue
Chapter Twenty-Three: Letting Go
Chapter Twenty-Four: So You Want to be a Teacher?
Posted September 13, 2013