“I learned to focus on what is important for my students’ academics, but also their social and emotional well-being.”
Inside the Classroom
‘Many autistic people learn to ‘mask,’ disguising their natural body language to make those around them comfortable.’
“What works most effectively is creating empathy using visual and physical means by making them step into their children’s lived experience.”
“Most days, I cannot wait to get to the classroom because we have something new to try.”
The sessions are run entirely by volunteers and dog handlers who often juggle full-time jobs.
Even the smallest action can mean a lot to someone who is lonely or overwhelmed.
“What happens at home is probably more important than what happens in school.”
Children learn to solve problems together, which teaches them about empathy, diversity and how to advocate for others.
“Teachers need to understand that behaviour is a child’s way of communicating.”