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Who LIves In a Pineapple Under the Sea?

This afternoon at werk a teacher from the room next to mine suddenly burst through the door, asking, with desperation in her voice, "quick, I need something 'SpongeBob Squarepants! [Autistic kid] is out of control!"

"I... think I took most of my SpongeBob stuff home," I said. "He likes SpongeBob?"

"Yes! Yes! Do you have anything?!"

I quickly found the set of drawings on posterboard I put together last year out of desperation when I couldn't get the kids to pay attention to the cellular biology lessons. "Here, try these," I offered.

I followed her back to her room to see what would happen.

"Here you go, [Autistic Kid]," she said quietly. "Who is this?"

"SpongeBob!" he exclaimed in delight! "Patrick! Squidward!"

SpongeBob to the rescue!

Y'know that saying, "kids are like sponges?" What they really mean is, "kids like sponges!"


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Sep. 23rd, 2008 10:06 am (UTC)
As you said, odd that Teacher #1 would turn to you as purveyor of eclectic goods.

The Critical/Cynical Voice of Experience: of course giving an autistic kid a "reward" like that after he's been out-of-control is setting herself up for more negative behavior next time . . . (the kid now has learned that all he needs to do is disrupt her class long enough for something fun and wonderful to be given to him) . . . but that's not your problem . . . (she probably should have made him "earn" them . . . even by being quiet/still for 2 minutes).
Sep. 23rd, 2008 11:37 am (UTC)
It's so hard to keep that in mind! When I forget, I forget rewards altogether, though. It just goes from bad to worse.

Let's forget that.

Yes. Absolutely. Rewards for good behavior.
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