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When did you make the decision to teach autistic students?

Answer examples and advice for how to answer this interview question for a Special Education Teacher interview

Advice
This can be answered briefly by telling the interviewer about your first exposure working as a Special Education Teacher with autistic students.
Basic answer example
"Working with autistic students wasn't always my area of focus. I was first exposed to it with school ABC and since then, it became my primary focus. I was passionate about it and did really well with that area of special education."

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When did you make the decision to teach autistic students?
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I thought it would be challenging working with autistic children ever since I watched a program on TV and they found success with giving the autistic child a dog.
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My son has Special needs and he has some traits on the Autism Spectrum and then I was also able to work as an aide in the public school for several years and I enjoyed working with children who have Autism.
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Many years ago when I became a Special Education Paraprofessional.
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I realized that students on the autism spectrum are very unique and need a positive, dependable, creative, and organized person in there life to teach critical life skills.
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When I started working with a child with ASD as my first job.
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Several members of my family have similar disabilities and I saw how they struggled when all there needs were not met.
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I saw a desire to learn in their eyes as well as fear. I wanted to make learning a fun activity not scary or difficult.
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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.
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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.
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I was a para-professional in Autistic Support.
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Everyone can learn and everyone needs the opportunity to learn. I am patient and determined to find a way to figure out the way a student learns whether autistic or not.
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While working on my Masters degree.
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When I met a student that was on the spectrum last year. Something about him just made my day that made me want to work with others like him.
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I have always worked with students who had different needs, it just happened.
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Its natural, I was driven to it,
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During my summers during college, I worked for the Wisconsin Early Autism Project. While working with a few autistic students, I realized then that I wanted to work with students with autism. I loved every minute of working with my students and feel drawn to students with autism. I feel as though I have a calling to work with students with autism.
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I made the decision when I was in middle school. A young girl I babysat was diagnosed with Autism. She was a sweet girl and she only wanted to talk to a few people and I was one of them. I felt special and that I wanted this connection with other students.
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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.
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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.

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