First Two Days

I’ve done my first two days at my new job, and it’s definitely different from anything I have ever done before. The class I’ve been put in as a TA is a class with young people who have autism, and sometimes a few other special needs as well. At the moment I still feel somewhat lost, since I have no experience with this type of work, and I don’t know anyone yet or how best to deal with situations.

I’m sure it will get easier as I get more experience. Eventually I should stop feeling quite so useless!

So far, I actually only got to do one day with “my” class though, since they were a bit short on staff today – so they actually put me in another class for the day! It was interesting to see what a different class with different special needs looked like.

There are so many impressions and so many new people and things to learn at this point, that at the end of the day I am completely shattered.

This weekend will probably consist mainly of me sleeping.

Me, coming home from work..

Me, coming home from work..


First Two Days — 1 Comment

  1. But what an amazing opportunity to be someone who has a significant influence in a kid’s perception of the world. Autism is so tough, because it affects so many kids in so many different ways, but a common theme among people who’ve been diagnosed with it is how they feel so alone and broken. And it sounds like this school is doing a great job of making sure that doesn’t happen and catering to each child’s needs, helping them with coping methods for a world that doesn’t understand them. It’s a scary reality that teens with autism have suicidal thoughts more than the rest of the population, and making sure they know that it’s okay they’re different at a young age is so, so important.

    And I mean, it’s definitely going to be a hard job, but so worth it!

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