Written by: Sue Ducau, ASD teacher, Terry Fox Elementary School
We are a team of educators who teach and support students in a county class for students deeply affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The students in our class come from across Simcoe County for individualized instruction in the focus areas of communication, social skills and self-regulation. Reading, writing, technology, gross motor and fine motor skills are also a focus of learning for the students, as the class features robust literacy and numeracy programs.
To create real-life connections for our students, field trips are a key element of our classroom experience. When you only have six students in your class, the cost of a field trip can become unrealistic when transportation and admission fees are factored in.
This year we have set out to make field trips a reality for our students. As a team we have hosted six lunches for Terry Fox staff. We have had lunches with the themes of tacos, pancakes, spaghetti, sandwiches and more. To make the lunch successful as a fundraiser, each team member donates the food items and prepares the meal the night before. We offer the lunch for all staff members at a cost of $5, and all funds collected go towards field trips for our ASD students.
By the end of the school year, we will have taken two field trips to Vertical Zone Trampoline Centre. This location and activity allows us to practice our sensory diets, turn taking, communication and meet some of our physical education learning expectations.
Thank you to the Awe-some-tism Titans team in Room 139 at Terry Fox Elementary School who make our classroom an amazing place in which anything is achievable!
“Unity is strength…when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” – Mattie J.T. Stepanek