Today I started off in a regular ed Math class but was moved to a special education class for the second half of my day. I did not know it was autism until I got in the room.
One child walked up to me and read my name tag with no mispronunciations. The regular ed students cant even do this all the time. I never realized how hard it is for some people to pronunciate it. I also never realized that since part of it sounds like the word Southern that it would raise so many questions out of different students. It is Scottish. So for this child to walk up and just pronounce it like he says it everyday was astounding to me.
This same child started introducing me to the other 4-5 students. I listened and was impressed by his leadership. He shook my hand and started pointing and telling me who everyone was. The sub that was leaving who is a regular teacher who had to fill in until I was done with my previous class asked him if he had introduced himself to me. He looked at her with the straightest face and said, " No, I know who I am."
I could only laugh. That was the highlight of my bummer Valentine's Day though. He knows who he was but .... DO you know who you are?