Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was spent working on our new home, so needless to say, I am pretty exhausted today. I know it will be all worth it when we move in. I am so happy with the hard work we have put in, as well as our wonderful families.
Today I wanted to share with you a huge part of my life. April is Autism Awareness month, and I have been working with students on the Autism Spectrum for 6 years now. I was an ABA therapist, and now I work in a Special Education classroom in a public school setting. I have learned SO much along the way, and I thought it would be awesome to make a list of things I wish I knew prior to starting.
This is me with my co-worker. She is amazing, and getting to work with her on a daily basis has been a joy for the past 3 years.
Now, onto the list!
- This profession is not for the weak. Days will be hard and you will second guess yourself constantly. *I was young when I started in this line of work and had no idea what I was getting into. The picture in my head was completely different than reality. Not one child is alike and they learn differently. It is up to us to teach them based on how they learn, and it is not an easy task.
- You will always be thinking about your students. *You don’t just go home and forget about these kids. You will worry about them like they are your own, you will be frustrated, and you will laugh about something they said or did. Oh the stories I have!
- Your toughest students will rarely be absent, and most of the time, they are the one’s that need the most love. *These kids need to know how much you love and care about them. You have to remove yourself sometimes, and think about the circumstances. Maybe this student can’t communicate what they need to and it is frustrating, or maybe they have something going on at home. We have to be a safe place for them.
- Some people won’t understand your students and you have to advocate for them. *Not everyone will understand your students and might look at them with judgemental eyes. It is up to us to stand up and educate. On the other hand, many people will treat the kids wonderfully and want to help in any way.
- You will learn so many forms of communication. *Signing, gestures, pictures, etc. Many of our students communicate in ways other than speaking.
- These kids are awesome, smart, and funny. *They make this job worth it every day.
I hope you enjoyed my post today! Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!