When I got out of the military and began to pursue a degree. Going to online school was my only real option at the time. Of the credible schools I could afford, teaching just wasn't going to be a choice. So I was back to the drawing board. Determined to get my degree finally over with I decided to get a business degree and hope I could work in some capacity with the Veteran's Administration. The one thing I knew for sure at this point was that I wanted to help people for a living. But even the idea of working with the VA wasn't entirely fulfilling to me. I really had a desire to help young people, knowing that I would essentially play a part in changing their futures; hopefully for the better.
Well wouldn't you know that Autism has turned out to be a huge blessing for me? I had never once thought of working with special needs babies and toddlers. Working with K's first teacher, seeing how much she changed his life, our life, and his future got me thinking. After the problems arose with K, school was put on the back burner. It quickly became clear that I'd have to wait until he was in school before I could begin to finish my own. As much as I want to get it done now it's freed me up to attend a brick and mortar school later; thus giving me greater options. I decided once and for all that I want to work for Early Intervention. I think this close encounter has given me my calling.
What brings me to writing about this today? I spoke with the child psychologist who diagnosed K and she told me she's never seen a mom work so diligently, thoroughly, or effectively with their child. She then told me that she hoped that when my boys were in school maybe I would consider getting a degree and working for Early Intervention. I laughed and told her that was absolutely already my intention. She said that was good because I seemed to have a knack for it and have first hand experience now. She said they are always looking for this, "because there's just no substitute for that when someone is just starting out, and you just can't teach that".
Hope that doesn't sound like tooting my own horn- that's totally not my intention. Publishing this makes me worry about that because I've never been good at getting my points across the right way, lol. It's just that her comments made me grin ear to ear! Having her professional experience validate my potential competence to do this work for a living utterly made my day! I had to just get out my excitement somehow! So why not shout it to the world?
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