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When did you make the decision to teach autistic students?
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When I worked in a preschool that had a child with Autism. I also worked in a special needs summer camp and I saw the joy that an Autistic Child had. It was great seeing her enjoy her time at camp and having fun with me at all times.
I was a para-professional in Autistic Support.
I have always worked with students who had different needs, it just happened.
Several members of my family have similar disabilities and I saw how they struggled when all there needs were not met.
Its natural, I was driven to it,
While working on my Masters degree.
When I first met an autistic student. I found this student to be unforgettable. I wanted to learn how to provide the assistance autistic children needed to succeed.
An autism authorization is built into my teaching credential. Autism is just one of many disabilities we see in students in special education but I see it as a learning experience to grow in my knowledge and career. I made the decision to teach special education when I spent some time in Haiti in 2012 working with students with disabilities.
Many years ago when I became a Special Education Paraprofessional.
I am believer in everyone being treated with dignity. Individuals with Autism all differ and deserve a right to reach their full potential and dreams.