I Work With Children With Special Needs

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    Special Needs Kids

    I have worked with special needs kids for 15 yrs. A few of those years are in a state facility and others have been in a group home setting. I always have found it amazing on how they treat each other and help each other out. They never judge or mistreat each other even though...
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    Dec 2, 2012

    A Lovely Graphic Novel

    The story is told through the eyes of a little girl with Down's syndrome whose parents try hard to help her develop to the best of her abilities. Very touching, and beautiful graphics.http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7841620-mon-ann-e-t-1
    DancingFox DancingFox
    31-35, F
    Aug 22, 2012


    i am a peer student in my physical and mental handicap class room. i spend two ours of electives in there. The kids are my world, no matter what they always put a smile on my face. I am so lucky i get to start my day with them and end my day with them. I would love to be a ea in...
    airbornewife2011 airbornewife2011
    18-21, F
    Oct 26, 2011


    I remember saying at some point in high school, that I wanted to work with "mentally challenged kids."  That was PC back then.  Now, it's children with special or exceptional needs.  And yes, for it to be totally PC, you have to put person first. ...
    vampireheart vampireheart
    31-35, T
    3 Responses Aug 14, 2008

    The Love Of A Child

    I was chatting to Zac's mother. Zac, 7, is one of our pupils today - he hasn't got a diagnostic of autism, just general developmental delay.Her husband left her for a younger woman recently. She told me Zac said this to her: "Mummy, I know Dad broke all your feelings, but I'll...
    DancingFox DancingFox
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Jul 12, 2011

    M.E. Class

    I work in a classroom. I'm an Educational Assistant (E.A.) in a Primary Multiple Exceptionalities (M.E.) class. There are 10 children in this grade 1 and 2 class, who have more than one diagnosis. Most of the children have autism plus another challenge. Some of the children have...
    CagedRaven CagedRaven
    46-50, F
    1 Response Jun 21, 2009

    When a human being begins maturing into

    adulthood we often begin to cut certain things out of our lives, especially when it's something perceived to be childish. We begin to feel that the silliness, the innocence, and the parables of kid- popular entertainment as something tired, undesirable, even beneath us. This...
    ClarityDawn ClarityDawn
    22-25, M
    Oct 23, 2015

    I Am Now A Lady... :)

    Little Ben (swishing his hand): "I've turned you into a frog!" Me (instantly crouching and croaking like one): "Oh dear, how am I going to do my job now?" Little Ben (swishing his hand again): "I've turned you back into a lady!" Me (standing up): "Thank you, Ben!" So I am now a...
    DancingFox DancingFox
    31-35, F
    1 Response Mar 25, 2011

    Welcome Back To School

    I had a lovely day back at school. One of the kids came up to me with a big grin on his face, making eye contact, arms outstreched, and interlocked his fingers with mine. It warmed my heart so much! I mean, this little kid doesn't talk, and doesn't usually make eye contact, and...
    DancingFox DancingFox
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Jan 12, 2010

    Hi all,I have devised a poster about World

    Autism Awareness Day for 2015.I was wondering if you could take a look at it and share your thoughts with me.Thank you,
    EDN113Maria EDN113Maria
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Apr 13, 2014


    I work with older kids 17-22 in a school setting. Well last year was my first year and I right away took to a young man we will call Eric well as the year became closer to the end and summer was creeping up I asked Eric's mom if she needed help this summer she told me yes. She...
    Novabomb Novabomb
    Jul 19, 2013

    My Girls

    I have 2 daughters age 12 and 8 . They're both low to moderate functioning autistic. I have them every other weekend, I'm divorced from they're mom. My son is with me full time. We have so much fun together, I wouldnt trade them for the world. Those 2 little girls are the most...
    mojo6615 mojo6615
    41-45, M
    2 Responses Jun 21, 2011

    Hi everybody, My name is Maria

    and I am an Australian resident and Education Assistant that works with a special needs girl. I was wondering if anybody would be interested in sharing some ideas and resources that you implement everyday with your Special Needs children. I look forward to hearing from you!
    EDN113Maria EDN113Maria
    26-30, F
    1 Response Apr 13, 2014

    I Think I Have A Gift.

    I love this group. It gives me a place to talk about the work I love, while still maintaining confidentiality to the children I work with. I started working in an elementary school about 5 years ago as a recess supervisor and 'lunch lady'. I would often sub in the special needs...
    Sarabiw4 Sarabiw4
    41-45, F
    3 Responses Jul 10, 2011

    They Perceive More Than We Give Them Credit For

    Last week we had a meeting (the teacher I work with and the other two teaching aides). We had been observed by the headteacher and our practice was put into question - we don't work well enough as a team, for instance. I was the one who received most criticism for lack of...
    DancingFox DancingFox
    31-35, F
    Feb 17, 2011

    I Love Working With Children With Special Needs

    I first started working with children with special needs as a teenager. I worked as a volunteer on a respite camp for children with complex learning disabilities and I really enjoyed it! Later on, I worked as a teaching assistant in a school for children with emotional...
    DancingFox DancingFox
    31-35, F
    11 Responses Aug 18, 2009


    I came across a confession on EP about people with severe developmental disabilities. The author argues that such people should be harvested for the organs on the grounds that "they don't contribute to the good of society", "we waste money on them" and "they don't really live". I...
    DancingFox DancingFox
    31-35, F
    15 Responses May 31, 2011

    Funny Work Stuff

    So I have a good friend who has two brothers with autism, its not a realy severe case, but mentally there one or two years behind, so me and the 10 year old one where playing connect four while the 8 year old one was making his paper "lizards" which are essentially paper he...
    Sulka19 Sulka19
    22-25, M
    Oct 29, 2012

    Breeding Monsters

      When a child kills a million people on screen then add physcotropic drugs the recipe spells disaster . Our society is flooded with these children . This is not a accident but intentional to turn good loving children into monsters with no feelings of regret remorse or empathy...
    georgeb99 georgeb99
    46-50, M
    Sep 27, 2013


    I manage a counselling agency for young people and barely a day goes by these days that I don’t have to bear witness to some personal atrocity experienced by a young person.  The counsellors have to come and talk to me if a young person tells them something that requires me to...
    CrookedMan CrookedMan
    4 Responses Feb 1, 2012

    so today, a Friday, had been absolutely crazy.

    it's my first year working with special needs kids and I have to say... even the quest days at this job are better than the best days at any other job I've had. I love these kids!
    ClarityDawn ClarityDawn
    22-25, M
    1 Response Sep 4, 2015

    Way To Many Kids Get Into The System

    and never get the help they need at all levels, i have worked with special medical needs most of my life and now still have the same 2 kids i took care of as kids that live with me still and we made our own family
    rickibrat2 rickibrat2
    61-65, M
    Jun 21, 2011

    Sarah And The Bike

    There is that little girl in my class; let's call her Sarah. Sarah is 5; she has been diagnosed with autism. When she arrived in our school last March, she didn't talk, didn't interact with other children, clung to adults and waited for adults to tell her what to do. She didn't...
    DancingFox DancingFox
    31-35, F
    6 Responses Dec 11, 2009
    DancingFox DancingFox
    31-35, F
    Nov 3, 2012

    I love it! They are so uninhibited,

    unaffected by 'coolness', and open to the real experiences of life.
    millicentmay millicentmay
    36-40, F
    May 2, 2014
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