I have found a job I enjoy and am challenged by within the field of behavior. I love that I am able to travel and serve a new school every few weeks. This nomadic job allows me to keep my head free from politics. I enjoy being able to set and/or implement plans for a child that the school staff is unable to handle on their own and witness the morphing of behaviors as a result of the correct plan being carried out. Many of the children I deal with on a day-to-day basis have tragic histories, are misunderstood by their peers, family and even by themselves when their mental illness overpowers their ability to control their emotions or behaviors.
Each new case I work on teaches me a little more about humans, cognition, emotions and behavior as I work with children with different manifestations of various disabilities. I am able to establish a personal connection with each child as I become the person they can trust because I am non-judgmental towards what others view as what separates them from the rest of the students.
The most difficult part of my job is trying to get other people to see what I see in each child I work with or sending a child back to an environment that I know is not conducive towards their mental health well-being.