We are so delighted and honored to have Sandy Itzkowitz a newly retired life skills teacher supporting us in the classroom for five weeks. She has been with us for just one week and has already shared so many great strategies, and built delightful connections with the children. Sandy’s years of experience are a true gift to the children, families and staff of CIELO de Amor. Sandy was able to bring a computer donation from Next Step recycling. This will help enormously with accounting, wheelchair inventory, data collection and for our photos. Sandy brought along fabulous donations from numerous people including a stander from Douglas County ESD, puzzles and toys from Wendy Friedman, wonderful musical books from Patty and Sandy finds the best wind up toys. Thanks to all our generous donors.
Sandy starts by observing the strategies we are currently using.
Sandy shows us how to stabilize Darling so she can participate more actively and Darling giggles with her whole body as we play hide and seek.
Sandy uses our resources, evaluates the children, and teaches new strategies such as use of penny boards, the power of structuring tasks, and importance of starting at the level of the child. Derling loves the new wind up toys.
Re-positioning Elias against the wall and providing simpler tasks helps his attention and behavior tremendously. Magical to watch Sandy teaching and the differences she is able to elicit. Previously his attention was very minimal and he was frequently throwing items.
Sandy quickly builds a relationship with Nelson, and is able to teach him how to imitate simple actions. He loves to work.
On weekends we have been visiting the local nature reserve, enjoying our friends and a visit to Granada.