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Neurodiversity Book Club — "The Someday Birds"
A book club for tweens and teens on the autism spectrum, with ADHD, dyslexia, Tourettes, and other neurowonderful ways of being in the world, and the lovely neurotypicals who support us. This is for the book "The Someday Birds."
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We all need books with characters like us, as well as ones who are not like us. Characters like us help us feel less alone, and characters who are different help us understand other lives and experiences. The first time I read a book with a character who felt like me, who had the same hangups I did, who problem-solved in the same way, and got into the same difficulties, I finally felt normal. Because this character was autistic. And so was the author. And so am I. In this class we will read...
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 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 or an e-book, listen to an audiobook, or have someone read it to them—all learning styles are welcome.
1 file available upon enrollmentBook Title: The Someday Birds Author: Sally J. Pla ISBN: 9780062445773 Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/a/9847/9780062445773 Amazon: https://amzn.to/3xm5Dh1 Audible: https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Someday-Birds-Audiobook/1705241468 Description: Winner of the 2018 Dolly Gray Children's Literature Award * Two starred reviews * A New York Public Library Best Kids Book of 2017 * A Bank Street Best Children's Book of 2017 * Wisconsin Library Association CBA Outstanding Books of the Year selection * 2018-2019 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award list selection * 2018-2019 Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award nominee * Young Hoosier Book Award nominee * Charlie’s perfectly ordinary life has been unraveling ever since his war journalist father was injured in Afghanistan. When his father heads from California to Virginia for medical treatment, Charlie reluctantly travels cross-country with his boy-crazy sister, unruly brothers, and a mysterious new family friend. He decides that if he can spot all the birds that he and his father were hoping to see someday along the way, then everything might just turn out okay. Debut author Sally J. Pla has written a tale that is equal parts madcap road trip, coming-of-age story for an autistic boy who feels he doesn’t understand the world, and an uplifting portrait of a family overcoming a crisis. About the Author: Sally J. Pla is the author of the acclaimed novels The Someday Birds and Stanley Will Probably Be Fine. She has English degrees from Colgate and Penn State and has worked as a business journalist and in public education. She has three sons, a husband, and an enormous fluffy dog and lives near lots of lemon trees in Southern California. You can visit her online at www.sallyjpla.com.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
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.
One of the characters in this book survived a war, and relates some of those experiences by telling a story of hunger and loss to the 10 to 15 year old characters in the book, in a book directed to the same age group. There is no violence or graphic imagery, and yet these scenes are very moving. Also, the main character is facing the possibility of losing his father to a medical condition. I don't want to give away spoilers here for those who don't want it, but if you want to message me I will be happy to go into more detail.
Autism Coach and Teacher
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Hi. I’m Heather. I'm a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), licensed teacher, 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 its ups and downs....