Pros: happy clients and family members
Cons: short breaks, low pay (no raises), mistreatment from management
A typical day of work would consist of getting individuals prepared to do cognitive activities, going on community outings,responding to codes to de-escalate an angry person. I learned a lot of clerical duties, I learned how to make the best of a bad situation when need be far as being short staffed. I learned how to work with autistic individuals as well. The management was fair, at times we (staff) got treated poorly, there's no advancement which is the reason why I left and went back to school and underpaid. The hardest part is working hard everyday, being attacked by clients and receiving no empathy from management and the lack of pay raises. The enjoyable part of the job was seeing smiles on the individuals and family member faces. Teaching them something new, taking them to a place that they really enjoy.