Starting work Tuesday
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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• Bunbury, Australia
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.
• Marion, Kansas
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.
• Centralia, Missouri
@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
• Marion, Kansas
@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.
• United States
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.