Snaps Essay

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_When I walked into SNAPS class I had mixed thoughts on how the semester would go, but as the school year is wrapping up, I am pleased with the new knowledge I have on autism. Throughout the year I had great pleasure working with Anders. I also enjoyed finding new ways to motivate him into working and make him smile. Not only did the book help explain problems with Anders and the solutions, but it also expanded my knowledge on autism. Although I am exited for summer, I am going to miss SNAPS class and the learning that came from it. _ Before entering SNAPS I thought it would be a class focused on only doing work with a peer with autism, but as the year progressed I found that we should also be helping our peer to figure out how children in society should behave too. I didn't think I would learn much because we were just doing simple work with kids who have autism, but that was not the case. For example, while reading the book one of the things that stuck in my head was labeling a person who has a disability. I learned that it's wrong to first state the disability the person has and not that they are a human being. Meaning, that instead of saying, "he's autistic" you should say, "he is a child with autism." I also learned why people with autism do things like make loud noises and do physical things that hurt themselves. They do this because they need someone's aid to help with their problem since they can't speak and ask for it. Many of these things were in the book, but things that weren't in the book were also revealed to me by Anders. _ I had a great time working with Anders. He showed me the upside of autism. One thing he showed me was how great of a memory some people with autism have. When he scripts (saying exact words from movies books or shows) they are all things from TV shows that he watched. I was also amazed by the stories we wrote together, because

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