Welcome! SPICE 1 (Social, Pragmatics, Independence, Communication, and Emotional Regulation)
For children with autism that have more intensive needs, self-contained classes are offered at the preschool, elementary and secondary level. Methodology within these self-contained classes would be driven by each child’s individualized needs and could include a variety of techniques which have demonstrated proven effectiveness for children with autism (e.g. Structured Teaching, Applied Behavior Analysis, Sensory Integration, and Picture Exchange Communication System, etc.
Students in this class are working on developing skills in a variety of areas. Functional academics are a focus in the classroom. Small group or one-on-one learning sessions are utilized to address communication goals. Needs regarding sensory diets, visual systems, social stories, and environmental manipulation are addressed in the SPICE classroom. Opportunities are utilized to bring in peers from the general education setting to participate in shared learning activities.
My name is Graham Dawkins, I'm the SPICE 1 teacher at Highland High School. Previously I was a resource teacher at Gilbert High School. I'm the SHO Club Sponsor (Students Helping Others) which is a club specifically for self contained special needs students. As well, I'm a Co-Sponsor for the Best Buddies club. I also coach boys and girls basketball at Highland Jr. High School.
I received my teaching degree in Special Education & Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University.
Originally, I'm from Denver, Colorado and grew up with a parent who was a Special Education teacher. My wife and I have a beautiful daughter named Harper and we have lived in Gilbert now for 10 years. I enjoy traveling, going to and watching sporting events and spending time with my family.