Name for my middle school autism class

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  1. teachersk

    teachersk Connoisseur

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    I'm starting a brand new middle school autism program in three weeks. It's a self contained class in a public school.

    They call it "ASD class."

    I really hate it that the door says ASD Class, their schedules say ASD math, etc. I wish they weren't so blunt. I know that the other kids know they are different, but using the name Autism Spectrum Disorder classroom sure doesn't help.

    Because it's brand new, if I come up with a name, they will probably go for it.

    What do your schools call the autism classes?

    I'm thinking maybe a fun acronym or something (STRIVE, rise, leap, etc??) It could also be called a name (not an acronym).

    Any ideas for a cool hip name of a MS autism program?
     
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  3. kcjo13

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    Oh, I can see why you wouldn't want that. Hmm...let me think...

    RISE-Realizing Independence through Structured Education? Blech.

    1:1 (are you 1:1? even if not, it looks kinda cool)

    I'm not very good at this!
     
  4. bros

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    Try a name that wouldn't be.... separatist on their schedules.

    Try something like ASTUTE: Autistic STUdenTs Excelling
     
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    Achieving Success Daily...then maybe the other kids outside of your classroom will think it stands for that!
     
  6. karebear76

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    Good one WaterfallLady...I was trying to make a play on the ASD that shows up so often and was drawing a blank.
     
  7. teachersk

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    I like that! Good one!

    Maybe the teachers will think so too!

    It's so funny, because in New Jersey they call the teacher of students with autism: "autistic teacher."

    I swear if I get introduced one more time as the autistic teacher I'm gonna go nuts!
     
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    We called a middle school class Oasis. It meant that the students had a special place they could call their own that gave them a respite from the rigors and problems they might encounter if they were pushed into the gen ed class. The dictionary explains it better: a shelter serving as a place of shelter or security. Isn't that what you will be trying to provide for your special ones?
     
  9. bros

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    I've never heard of a specific autistic class in NJ. I'm on the shore though.

    I've only heard of kids going to special autism schools
     
  10. Rebel1

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    How about WDIOW? We Do It Our Way!
    Rebel1
     
  11. Zelda~*

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    I'm the "ED Teacher". :lol:
     
  12. emerlyn

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    We call ours " Odyssey". I teach in an Autism school, but there is a program for the higher functioning ones that we call "Odyssey". I thought it sounded cool!
     
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    Unlike what the neurotypical population prefers, I like to call myself as an autistic adult because it is part of who I am. I defines me and makes me unique. We don't say that people who can't hear are people who have deafness, we say they are deaf. I am truly an autistic teacher.
     
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    When I become a teacher, I will probably do the same. I will refer to myself as a disabled teacher, since I have multiple disabilities, but they don't harm my ability to teach, they enrich it with the knowledge I have gained throughout my years in school.
     

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