Pat Mayberry Andrews
I've been teaching students with autism for 23 years. I don't have grand qualifications. I moved back to the U.S. from England after 20+ years there. I had a dusty teaching certificate and I needed a job. My sister, Jaen Mayberry (getting on for 40 years in special education) said,"Come teach students with autism.You'd be a natural". I went back to school, refreshed my qualifications, and started teaching. Jaen has been my mentor. We've been lucky enough to work together for most of the past two decades. The heft of her experience and knowledge boils down to the ultimate oxymoron: Use Common Sense! It's the best advice I've ever been given.
Teaching students on the autism spectrum seems to be a natural fit for me. A lot of work, research, mistakes, and hands-on experience has led to the discovery of some simple truths. You learn a lot about life as you try to get an unfiltered child involved. You learn a lot about the importance of communication, verbal and non-verbal. You learn a lot about yourself.
For me, teaching my students has been a union of intuition, commonsense, and self-education. I didn't have materials, so I started making some. It was fun! I kept developing them and the kids responded-or didn't! Some materials were general, some were student-specific, and I knew I might never use them again. I started sharing materials and resources I had discovered, to save other teachers from having to reinvent the wheel.
That's the purpose of tinsnips. Developing the web-site was a learning curve bender as I am not a tech person. I hope you enjoy it and use it. I welcome your questions and comments.
Sometimes something can look beautiful just because it's different in some way from the other things around it. One red petunia in a window box will look very beautiful if all the rest of them are white, and vice-versa.