I love that you are so diligent about trying to keep us all in touch. I would love to try to get together sometime this spring or summer. Here is a little story for the blog.
I work with two third grade students that face some intellectual challenges. The little girl got in trouble because she was hugging and kissing the boys during recess. So I thought it time to bump up the social skills lessons. She came into me and blurted out that the little boy was not coming because he was mad at her. I took that opportunity to talk about personal space, hugging and kissing are for our families, we give high 5's at school, you know the drill. As we finished practicing some of those skills in walks the little boy. Who was mad because the little girl had been hugging him. So I launch into a repeat discussion and we practice a couple more times. They were both so excited they wanted me to take their picture to use in a social story. She says, "Let me practice one more time". After she appropriately approaches the little boy and he appropriately responds, I praise and praise. The little boy gets so excited he jumps up and gives the little girl a hug.