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Thomas Simpkins

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Welcome to Rayma C. Page Elementary
room 164​​​​

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Creative, calm, caring and convivial...

Our classroom provides many opportunities to experience 

community based life and instructionWe celebrate Neurodiversity everyday!

What is Neurodiversity you might ask?  

Neurodiversity is an approach to learning and ability that suggests diverse neurological conditions appear as a result of normal variations in the human genome. This portmanteau of neurological and diversity originated in the late 1990s as a challenge to prevailing views of neurological diversity as inherently pathological, instead asserting that neurological differences should be recognized and respected as a social category on a par with genderethnicitysexual orientation, or ability status.


What Neurodiversity looks like in our classroom:

  • -Facilitates an accepting environment for children with Autism and other abilities to interact with peers
  • -Creates opportunities for typically developing people to develop compassion, learn about other abilities, form friendships, and become role models.
  • We celebrate our strengths, using what we have to support our learning!

We work together to determine what constitutes a" Good Day".  We build on our good days and share these good days in our community.  
In order to experience life in community, we venture out of our "base camp" as often as we are able.  We are supported in part by the generousity of the community of givers at DonorsChoose​.

Each person's daily instruction is derived from their 

Individual Educational Plan (IEP). ​

We focus on our strentghs and abilities. 

We do all kinds of educational activities everyday​ with peers, 

as individuals, in small-groups and whole class instruction.  

Here are some pictures from Music Therapy and Adaptive PE!



Research Related to our class:

Read the latest research on Autism Spectrum from Spectrum News.

The latest from the 2015 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Chicago.

According to the DSM 5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition) the current core classroom components for students who are in classrooms like ours are: ​

1. understanding time and the value of money; 

2. perception and interpretation of social cues; 

3. care for personal needs (such as eating and dressing).

We work on these three core components at school everyday.  We are looking forward to working more and more outside our classroom.  Working one to one and in small groups, we will be learning more about taking the bus, having a job, being part of the community and more... 

This article is very thought provoking - 

the entire article is available at



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Great resource for families!
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