Keynote Speaker for
I am an author, speaker, coach, and consultant who prompts puzzled parents, teachers, and administrators find supports, social skills and inclusion for anyone with Autism, mental illness, or deafness, so that they help them thrive in school, social settings, and in life!
Social and Emotional Learning: What's Your Story?
Autism in the Classroom: Piece it together!
Inclusion Classrooms: Who's In?
Social Education: More than Social Skills
Autism: Piecing it together for Family
Deaf and Autism: the colorful pieces of April Rose
Missing Pieces: How Shadow's Fall; Mental illness and Autism
Thundering Silence: Hearing my Deaf Children through their Hands
Title: Autism Piecing the Family Together
Autism is challenging for anyone. Do it in a world of silence--eyes/sense of touch are your only ways to language/communication. Then add hypo/hyper-sensory issues to touch, taste, smell, while learning sign language. Would you find that challenging? Discover successes/failures as we piece deaf/autism puzzle together for many students, and find skills that will help you to find light and build the masterpeice together.
Title: Inclusion: Who’s in?
Do you have students that you deal with? Don’t deal, but rather, build relationships! Instead ask, “Who’s in?” Who’s involved socially and emotionally? Take the time to build relationships with the students in the class. Learn inclusion classroom strategies and social supports to help build relationships and maintain predictability and stability for your students. Communication and consistency are keys to building their trust, and it let’s students know, “Who’s in!”
Speaker April Giauque, a special education teacher, writer/blogger and mother of 9 children (4 of whom have autism and 2 who are deaf), involves even her youngest in everyday household activities like cooking, cleaning and laundry as “chore therapy,” since there is no better way to generalize skills for life than to put them to practice. These experiences, along with community service (cleanup efforts, etc.), offer lessons in language, modeling, social skills and more. Break down tasks into smaller steps, create visual aids and/or film it for your child to watch. --Lindsey Geiss
I now feel empowered to help my children at home and my students in the classroom! It is a win-win!