Word of the Week: Accomplishment

Last week we finished the first quarter of the 2015-2016 school year.  Wrapping up Q1 always feels like an accomplishment, because it marks the end of the settling in period: students know the routines, coming to school is now the norm, learning is solidly underway. Academic conferences this week will provide...

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Word of the Week: Support Staff

As we meet with prospective families and members of the larger community, we often are asked about our support staff. Who are they? What do they do? How will they help my student? Why do we have so many of them? In many school settings, “support staff” refers to the people...

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Core Value: Adaptability, Part Two

This week a large group of TGS staff attended the JFK Partners 3rd Annual Autism Spectrum Disorders Conference. The topic was Executive Function, and we were quite pleased to note that flexibility (aka adaptability) was one of the executive function skills to be discussed. As we discussed accommodations to support students...

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Core Value: Adaptability

You know something is a core value when you find yourself encountering it constantly in everything you do. This past Saturday we held our 4th annual TGS Shuffle, in a new location. Instead of a clearly marked lakeside loop, we had a winding paved path which doubled back circuitously after...

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Word of the Week: Biography

“No two people with autism are the same: its precise form or expression is different in every case. Moreover, there may be a most intricate (and potentially creative) interaction between the autistic traits and the other qualities of the individual. So, while a single glance may suffice for clinical diagnosis,...

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Word of the Week: Support

Saturday, September 19th is the annual TGS Shuffle. On a beautiful fall morning in Colorado, at Purple Park in Superior, a hundred odd people (and a handful of dogs) will gather together and walk, run, or roll a distance of approximately three miles. Some see this as a fundraising event....

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Word of the Week: S.T.E.A.M.

This weekend, the last weekend of summer, has been steamy. The weather is still quite warm, but our “steam” is rising from spending our days at Rocky Mountain STEAM Fest. STEAM in this setting is pushing the envelope from traditional STEM (science-technology-engineering-math) to include Entrepreneurship, Arts, and Making. It is...

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Word of the Week: Validation

As we welcome students back for the start of our 5th year at Temple Grandin School, we feel increasingly validated. Our socio-academic program is well-established, and meeting the needs of students. Our staff is fully trained, and fully invested in our mission. Our administrative systems are functioning smoothly. All of our...

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Lessons from the Incubator: Teaching with Tortoises

Incubators: they’re not just for chickens…they’re also for tortoises (and myriad other non-fluffy, reptilian creatures). If you’re expecting a chicken, but out pops a tortoise, you’re going to have to shift your plan and expectations accordingly. At TGS, we are continually shifting our expectations to meet the needs of our students – one...

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We’re hatching a blog…and a new website!

Incubators: they’re not just for chickens any more! Here at TGS, we have been incubating on our new website for well over a year. What took us so long? We take great care in everything we do–and we have so much to share! We hope you’ll take a few minutes...

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