Pros: paid meals with food included, plenty of variety in the day to day
Cons: low pay, irregular scheduling for full and part time employees
My typical day is spent working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Since the degree of impairment is different for each of the individual with whom I work, I must tailor activities to match their abilities, needs and goals. I have learned to break complex concepts into workable fragments, a process referred to as chaining. This has enabled me to enhance the math skills of two of my individuals, thus providing greater freedom to manage their finances and participate in retail exchanges. At the end of each shift, I document my work with each individual. My immediate supervisor is an incredibly dedicated worker. She knows the business and provides above average training and support for newly hired staff. The majority of my co-workers enjoy their work, but as I mentioned, the pay is low. The hardest part of my job is dealing with behavioral issues that are violent or self-harming by the individuals.The best part of y work is seeing the progress each individual has made.