As a teacher, Jim Yerman has "lived with autism" for over thirty years. In many ways, his students have become part of his family. And, as with a family, he has learned to laugh and find humor in the absurdity of everyday situations, for they certainly exist! This book chronicles some of those situations. Most of them are humorous, some are sad, and a few are downright surreal. But they are all real, refreshing, and honest experiences about autism. Each student, each story has important lessons infused. Ride through Jim's teaching history from Ohio to Florida, from working in an integrated university school, into a center for only special-needs students and back to a regular middle and high school. You're in for a wild ride!
Helpful chapters include:
So You Want to be a Special Education Teacher?
Be Prepared for Surprises!
Dealing with Situations Head-on
Thank God for Do-overs
Seeing the World through Rose-colored Glasses
Labels, Labels, Labels
Aggression—No Easy Answers
You Never Know Until You Try