Monday, January 05, 2015

I work with special kids

Now I’m back. I’ve missed being here; I hope that you enjoy what I have to say.

I work with special needs teens, something that in no way would surprise my family. My Grandmother was one of the first teachers in our area to teach special needs kids in a classroom. My dad worked with juveniles in trouble. I stared by working as an in-home therapist with autistic children.

 I loved my job. It was different every day, new challenges new struggles, and lots of love. The hardest part of it all was the parent’s struggles. Moms that shut it all out, a mom who took the brunt of it all on herself, dads that worked late or went out of town a lot, not all of them mind you, some came in the house with a smile as if all was great. I can’t imagine what like was like at times for these parents but I saw the struggles up-close, in seeing those struggles I have a very different view then some of my team members have. When conversations come up about why a parent might have sent a child to school that morning, I have some insight. Some days a parent can take no more. I try not to judge a family; I got to leave a client’s house with the knowledge that I could find peace at home.

The parents of special needs kids have a lot going on and it goes on every moment in their lives. They don’t just wake up and take the kids without a much planned out day with how to do recon and recovery. Along the way were tears and laughs when I did in-home, most of all love. Some parents are working hard to prepare for their child’s future while others seem to just be treading water, they are just doing what the know to do.

My job is wonderful. I was hugged so many times today; I laughed, and did productive things. At the end of my day I was glad to go home to spend time with my children. I have one in college and one in high school, my life is blessed.


vanilla said...

I surfed over here from KC Bob who graciously allowed us to advertise on his blog. Glad I did, gives me the opportunity to tell you how greatly I respect teachers of special needs children. As a retired school principal, I was deeply involved in the process.

You mentioned the intensity of parental involvement with their children. Something many people don't think about is that for some it is a lifetime commitment. I had a severely autistic boy decades ago whose parents devoted intense efforts in his care. I had occasion to "catch up" last evening. I find these parents, now in their eighties, are still caring for the man, and they have made the necessary arrangements for his future care. What a commitment! Rightly spelled l-o-v-e, I think.

Milly said...
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Milly said...

Thanks for stopping in Vanilla. It's great to hear of parents who have worked so hard and loved more. It is so heart warming.

pearlie said...

Hey Milly, good to be here again. And good that you are writing again :) It is a wonderful thing that you do, helping with the special need kids and parents. I thank God for you and you faithfulness.

KC Bob said...

"Some days a parent can take no more."

Such truth in that Milly!

Blessings to you as you minister to these families.

Milly said...

Thank you to all. I do love what I am blessed to be able to do.