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Pupils with autism have difficulty understanding emotions and reading the emotions in another persons face. They may repeat an action because they found the response by another child or adult interesting or become unduly distressed and unable to calm down if they are crying. I do a lot of work focussing on helping pupils understand, read and interpret emotions include work on emotions as part of Forest School sessions.
In this example we started with a familiar song “Chick-
An example of a Forest School activity for SEN children
This session was planned using the SPCIES methodology to ensure that all aspects of the childrens development and growth were covered.
Intellectual – emotions vocabulary, design and construction of face, imagination, problem solving, independence
Emotional – individual points of view respected, sense of achievement, empathy and respect of others emotions, creative expression, perseverance, dealing with emotions through play.
Spiritual – Beauty of nature, individual points of view and feelings, respect.