Episode 134: Give the Gift of Understanding this Holiday Season – Ideas and Tips

GIVE THE GIFT OF UNDERSTANDING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON – IDEAS AND TIPS

This podcast is all about celebrating diverstiy this holiday season, as well as providing heaps of tips for end of year activities (including concerts, big gatherings, etc.). Click here to jump straight to the holiday sale!

Let’s celebrate ALL our differences!!

It’s ok to be different – WE ALL ARE

Why the Holidays are a Great Time to Discuss Difference

Holidays Season is a great time to talk about differences. There are so many different celebrations, traditions, religions, languages, countries, cultures & more. We should always be celebrating difference and this is a great time to be talking about it. Click here to jump straight to ideas for activity!

It’s a great time to start conversions about differences.

End of Year Celebrations can be stressful for Neurodiverse Children. This can be due to Sensory, Change in Routines, large gatherings, Concerts etc. I have a new Holiday Newsletter full of Tips & Strategies to support students with Neurodiversity in the Holiday Season. Use this newsletter to give the gift of understanding today!

What this Newsletter Contains

✅ 14 tips for Christmas / Holiday Season
✅ Promoting Understanding
✅ Using Picture Books to Educate the Whole Family
Sharing Diagnosis – Why, When and How to tell my Child
✅ Holiday Reading
✅ Using Cooking to Teach – Teaching Diversity through Food
✅ 6 Key Strategies for Creating a Calming Area at School and Home
✅ 12 Essential Tips for Concerts and End of Year Celebrations
Stocking Filler Ideas
✅ Give the Gift of Visual Time – Using Timers to Minimise Stress

 

What can we Celebrate?

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Activities to Build Acceptance and Understanding

We can build acceptance by doing activities that explicitly encourage students to understand individuality. 

My Favourite is: “We may all be different fish but in this school we swim together”

Make a display where each child contributes a fish that reflects their individuality. 

In younger children they may just decorate a pre-cut out fish, whereas older children could write descriptive words about themselves on the fish in different coloured pens. 

Have a Discussion

about how successful we can be if we all work together. A great way to do this is watch the snippet of the movie Finding Nemo where the fish are all caught in the net!

Copy the link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUTt0LMhyas

A strong classroom community allows for individual differences and celebrates what makes each child unique.

Cooking

Another great activity to celebrate diversity is cooking, or even just talking about food preferences.  On page 13 & 14 of the NEW Holiday Newsletter I have 10 Ways to Use Cooking to Teach Everything PLUS how you can use cooking to support and develop communication skills.

Or check out my blog and podcast on cooking here:
Episode 123: Make Learning FUN – Using Cooking to Teach at School and Home

Cooking is a great way to celebrate different cultures and preferences. It’s a fabulous end of year activity – why not have a class party where everyone brings a family favourite celebration dish! Or even just brining in recipes from their families – be CREATIVE within your school’s restrictions!

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