this is why I do what I do
I came to this feild for one reason and one reason only. I wanted to work with kiddos with an ASD DX. I had an experience long ago with a child with ASD at a summer camp. I was completely enamored by him and the way he viewed the world. Not only that but this child had the ability to amaze and astound you with what he was capable of should he be so inclined to show you.
So, I embarked on a journey..a very long hard journey. I so often have wanted to quit. Partially b/c I am quite sure I chose the wrong school and partially b/c I am quite frankly..lazy. But, yesterday I was reminded of why I chose this path, of why I decided to spend 3 years of my life pushing myself to the brink. One of my clients has a DX and has been making serious gains towards his goals. The most impressive thing to me is the amount of social skills he has managed to pick up in 2-3 short months. My heart melted as we were leaving the sensory gym and he looked up at me and said, Miss >>>, "Are we going to eat snack now"? It is silly really, the words themselves don't mean much but the intention, the skills he demonstrated, now these things are impressive. He was so sincere, so honest and so open at that moment. The fog lifts actually and this moment was one of absolute clarity for the client and more so I think, for me. To make my day even better, throughout snack, he would turn to me and just smile as if to say, "I see you and now I know, you see me". A connection had been made and he sought to keep those lines open. This is why I do what I do. I want to devote my life to these kiddos.