Neurodiversity Book Club (August) — A Kind of Spark
A book club for tweens and teens on the autism spectrum, with ADHD, dyslexia, Tourette, OCD, and other neurowonderful ways of being in the world, and the neurotypicals who enjoy us. This is for the book "A Kind of Spark."
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How does a “One-Time” class work?
Meets once at a scheduled time
Live video chat, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Great for exploring new interests and different styles of teachers
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A Kind of Spark is about an autistic girl who learns how her small Scottish town treated "witches" in the past, simply because these women were different, and her fight to make it right. Why join me for this book? 1. It's a deeply compassionate and sometimes challenging story that will resonate with those of us who struggle with being "different," or who often feel like the outsider. 2. Thoughtfully discussing books with others brings out more depth and meaning than a simple "I liked it"...
This class is taught in English.
Learners will experience acceptance of their own unique neurotype and personality, and have the opportunity, through reading and discussion, to see the world through another's experience. This discussion may provoke some difficult questions around students' own feelings of inclusion and exclusion, however it is not intended as mental health counseling therapy for anyone. While this is a safe space to bring up questions and anxieties, we will not be delving into personal experiences or attempt to treat or provide therapy in any way.
I am neurodiverse myself, having four decades of life experience on the autism spectrum, and I am an autism coach, helping autistic and other neurodiverse kids and their families find and remove the hidden barriers to success and then build positive life experiences. I am also a certified teacher with several years of experience teaching middle and high school. I also am a graduate of the Great Books Program at St. John's College, a school where every single class, in every single subject, is taught in small group, socratic seminar discussion style, so I have extensive experience leading and participating in small group discussions on difficult, unfamiliar, and sometimes uncomfortable topics. As a high school teacher, I led my students in socratic seminar discussion regularly on a wide variety of books and topics.
Please read the entire book before the class meets. Learners may read via a paper book, e-book, listen to an audiobook, or have someone read it to them—all learning styles are welcome.
Book Title: A Kind of Spark Author: Elle McNicoll ISBN: 9780593374252 (hardcover) ISBN: 9780593374283 (paperback) Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/a/9847/9780593374283 Amazon: https://amzn.to/3GyF8tI Audible: https://www.audible.com/pd/A-Kind-of-Spark-Audiobook/0593415558?
Students are invited to participate in our small group discussion to whatever extent, and in whatever way, they feel comfortable. No formal assessment is given to provide a low-pressure opportunity to engage with literature and peers.
1 hour per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Trigger warning, the book deals with the subject of "sectioning," or psychological detainment in institutions. I don't want to give away spoilers here for those who don't want it, but if you message me I will be happy to go into more detail.
Autism Coach and Teacher
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
62 total reviews
48 completed classes
Hi. I’m Heather. I'm a certified teacher, an autism coach, and I’m autistic. And I’m building a life I truly love. It wasn’t always that way. Well, I was always autistic. But the life I love part, that’s had it’s ups and downs. It's been a long...