Pat Mayberry Andrews
I've taught students with autism for 22 years. If you are expecting a role call of glorious qualifications-don't hold your breath. I moved back to the U.S. from England after 20+ years there. I had a dusty teaching certificate and I needed a job.
Sister, Jaen Mayberry, (she's taught special education forever) 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.
So, sis was right about the autism spectrum and the natural fit. That, and a lot of work,research, missteps, and hands-on experience has led me to discover some simple truths. You learn a lot about life as you try to get an unfiltered child involved in it. You learn a lot about the importance of communication, verbal and non-verbal. You learn a lot about yourself.
For me, teaching children classified as being on the autism spectrum 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 I started sharing them and others had success.
That's the aegis of tinsnips. Developing the web-site was a learning curve bender and an exciting adventure. 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.