One of my favorite stories occurd during my first years of teaching elementary school. I had an ASD student assigned to my caseload. We will call him "Lincoln",
"Lincoln" was in 1st grade and was just starting his journey in the main stream classroom. He had many struggles, but was showing many strengths.
One day while we were in the media center the Media Specialist was teaching a lesson on using the index of a book. SHe began the lesson by asking the students to raise their hands and identify their "pointer finger". all of the students raised their hands with their "pointer" fingers up.
The Media specialist looked very pleased as all of the students in the class had their pointer fingers raised. She then asked the student's, "What else do we call this finger?" many students raised their hands. She called on the first student.
The student responded, "This is my number 1 finger"
The Media specialist responded, "very good, What else might we call this finger?"
"Lincoln" was raising his hand with a TREMENDOUS desire to share. The Media SPECIALIST saw him and asked "What do you call this finger Lincoln?"
Lincoln Proudly responded, "Its my Picker" and PROCEEDed to show the entire class how he used his "picker finger"