Valentine’s Day- a time to teach empathy

Kathy and her Three C's prepare for Valentine's DayValentine’s Day is not quite here, but Kathy has been working towards it for several weeks. Why? Because Valentine’s Day is a natural tie-in to empathy, a skill that many with autism have difficulty grasping. Kathy stresses to her students that what they learn is not just for one day, but all year round.

 

Empathetic words show that you care. She creates opportunities for her students to practice empathy with words using her “Three C’s.” Here are some examples that Kathy elicits by modeling, role playing, observing, and practicing:

 

Compliment: I like your shirt. You sure read well. Your smile makes me happy.

 

Comfort: Are you OK? Do you need help? Would you like a hug? Let’s do something together.

 

Cheer: Hey, you can do it. Keep going- yay! That looks great- can I join in?

 

Happy Valentine’s Day! A good excuse to share the ideas behind the Three C’s- Compliment, Comfort & Cheer- with others.

Can 123TokenMe assist me?

Can 123TokenMe assist me? Absolutely. Especially if you live or work with challenging behaviors, special needs, or autism.

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123TokenMe replaces token boards and token economy systems. In addition, compared to old-fashioned token boards, it stores unlimited students, tracks infinite behaviors & goals, tokens up to six students at once, and collects data!

 

Want to try it out for Free? Just download 123TokenMe Solo, which works with one child, from the App Store.

 

Photo 1: 123TokenMe is being used for Calm Hands. The teacher has decided on five tokens. To increase motivation she let her student choose token type (soccer ball), background color, and reward.

 

Little Miss Calm Hands almost ready to celebrate success!Photo 2: Little Miss Someone looks as if she is well on her way to earning all her tokens and celebrating success!

Autism: In the news

Ava's Law under consideration in GeorgiaToday’s news includes an article detailing an attempt to insure autism treatment in Georgia. The most important point? That early intervention can make a difference in the lives of those with autism. In fact, it may be the best chance for improvement. 

 

Another aspect? That passionate fighters for causes are usually those directly affected. With autism now diagnosed in 1 in 88 children, the number of families, schools, and social settings directly affected is also rapidly expanding.

 

Note: Credit for the photo goes to Jaime Lee.