Starting work Tuesday

Clouds,
@GardenGerty (88860)
Marion, Kansas
August 29, 2016 9:22pm CST
I described my activity today as somewhat of an interview. In all actuality it was more of an observation of a student and his teacher. The person who had been hired into this position was not familiar with these behaviors and found it too overwhelming when matched up with her homelife, so she left with no notice. I do not have an actual contract and have not been approved by the school board, but I have a wage and weekly hours. I told them I would start tomorrow. I have changed all but one thing on my immediate calendar, so it is not a problem. I filled out a lot of paperwork today. I will get a TB skin test tomorrow, probably, as well as do my banking paperwork. I will begin to get acquainted with the whole classroom and that is a good thing. What I like is that I see this teacher implementing many of the same sensory approaches in her room that I learned to use in other settings. It is nice to see that her philosophy is one I am comfortable with. I am excited to get to work.
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@jaboUK (49054)
• United Kingdom
30 Aug 16
Good luck with it. I hope it turns out well. I've never heard of anyone having to have a TB skin test before. Is that normal?
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@GardenGerty (88860)
• Marion, Kansas
30 Aug 16
Either you have to have the skin test or xrays when you start jobs in the schools, nursing homes, and hospitals for sure. I think perhaps also to work in food service.
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@JudyEv (91945)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Aug 16
I've never heard of this either. Here you have to have a 'working with children' certificate even if you don't come in contact with any students. I need one to volunteer in the archive department at a school near here. I haven't heard of needing any particular medical clearances.
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@GardenGerty (88860)
• Marion, Kansas
5 Sep 16
@JudyEv Oh they will also check my "criminal back ground" to make sure I did not abuse, neglect or exploit any vulnerable person.
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@Jessicalynnt (48191)
• Centralia, Missouri
30 Aug 16
the family got you prepped with triggers and calming techniques that work?
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@GardenGerty (88860)
• Marion, Kansas
30 Aug 16
No, we are fortunate the family communicates at all, I believe. He is one of four children I will work with, but he requires the most intense monitoring due to other health issues and the fact that he has tended to run the whole show. He is mostly non verbal, but learning.
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• Centralia, Missouri
31 Aug 16
@GardenGerty the autistic ones tend to run the show, at least in that everything has to work around their hangups. I know the fits are messy, but I also think that small changes could be affected over time with work. Weighted blankets and such also help
@GardenGerty (88860)
• Marion, Kansas
5 Sep 16
@Jessicalynnt Actually those have to be written into the IEP by occupational therapy. We do have times and situations that a weighted vest or a weighted collar(like a decorative shawl collar, not dog collar) are used. Interventions have to be functional as well.
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@RubyHawk (20848)
• Atlanta, Georgia
1 Sep 16
congratulations, I'm so happy for you.
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@GardenGerty (88860)
• Marion, Kansas
5 Sep 16
Thank you. It will help me not let my mind turn to mush.
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@RubyHawk (20848)
• Atlanta, Georgia
6 Sep 16
@GardenGerty We do need something to keep our brains functioning.
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@celticeagle (113022)
• Boise, Idaho
30 Aug 16
It sounds like a nice situation. Good when the ones you will be working with are on the same page.
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@GardenGerty (88860)
• Marion, Kansas
30 Aug 16
Yes, actually the teacher is glad to have someone with some experience.
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@celticeagle (113022)
• Boise, Idaho
30 Aug 16
@GardenGerty ......That will be nice. Sounds like a nice situation to be in. And, you get paid for it.
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@simone10 (22271)
• Louisville, Kentucky
30 Aug 16
It does sound like the perfect job, especially with you and the teacher being on the same page about things.
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@GardenGerty (88860)
• Marion, Kansas
30 Aug 16
It will be a lot of work and activity but it is good for me.
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@simone10 (22271)
• Louisville, Kentucky
31 Aug 16
@GardenGerty I hope you enjoy it and can't wait to hear more about how you like it as time goes on.
@JudyEv (91945)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Aug 16
It will be really helpful if you and the teacher are on the same wave-length. I can see this being very satisfying for you. What a great service you will be doing this young man.
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@GardenGerty (88860)
• Marion, Kansas
30 Aug 16
We actually rotate among the students on a weekly basis so that all paras will know how to work with all the students and so that there is less burn out.
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@JudyEv (91945)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Aug 16
@GardenGerty Another good idea. And if someone has to be absent, it would be easier to cover for them.
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@marguicha (78378)
• Chile
18 Sep 16
I guess this is the post I missed about your going back to work. I hope you like it
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@GardenGerty (88860)
• Marion, Kansas
19 Sep 16
I do like it. It is challenging, much like your grandson Diego, but I feel useful and needed and appreciated.
@sallypup (19348)
• Moses Lake, Washington
5 Sep 16
This sounds like a growing time for you. How exciting. Go and conquer!
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@GardenGerty (88860)
• Marion, Kansas
12 Sep 16
It is always interesting to see what we can learn that is new and different, even as we grow older.
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@marsha32 (6781)
• United States
1 Sep 16
You've had experience with Headstart and with disability works so you should do fine. for awhile I worked in the extra needs classroom at Headstart, that was an experience, as you said, dealing with a whole classroom of Jacob's.
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@GardenGerty (88860)
• Marion, Kansas
5 Sep 16
You seem to keep nice and calm. I think that helps.
@sueznewz2 (8901)
• Alicante, Spain
31 Aug 16
I hope you enjoy it ... and its nice that she is using some of the same approaches that you are familiar with...
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@GardenGerty (88860)
• Marion, Kansas
5 Sep 16
It made me comfortable immediately.
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@joann123 (128)
• Houston, Texas
30 Aug 16
i am happy for you
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@GardenGerty (88860)
• Marion, Kansas
30 Aug 16
I think I am happy for me too. I am pretty tired right now, though.
@paigea (20024)
• Canada
30 Aug 16
You sound ready to go to work
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@GardenGerty (88860)
• Marion, Kansas
30 Aug 16
Yes, I finally found myself ready to go back to work.
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@Hatley (154848)
• Garden Grove, California
30 Aug 16
that does sound like a great job for you as she has the same philosophy as you do should make it agreeable for you as a co worker.
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@GardenGerty (88860)
• Marion, Kansas
30 Aug 16
Yes. I am only slightly older than she is, and I have told her that I will at least try to stick around until she retires.
@TRBRocks420 (58880)
• Banks, Oregon
30 Aug 16
I am happy to see all the kids return to school lol.
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@GardenGerty (88860)
• Marion, Kansas
30 Aug 16
For many of them it is the best place they can be.