Pros: making a differennce in the clients lives. free lunches, good hours and having holidays off
Cons: health care was cut, no pay raises, no paid vacations, lack of employee support
Overall I enjoyed working there, when I first started there was a real scene of support from management and co-workers, it was a fun place to work. We all worked together to support each other as well as the clients, however over the years as management changed so did attitudes and support. It then started to feel like the employees were just "people" and not so much of a family. A typical day would consist of greeting the clients as they came in the classroom, getting them started with their day, This included assisting the teacher in school work in varies of subject all the while observing the individual behaviors and interaction with staff and each other. I would line them up to prepare to move to which ever activity was planned for that day, Art, Gym, etc. I would then run whatever group was planned for the day. I would handle any crisis situation that may arise in both my classroom or any other that may need help. Prepare the clients for going home, I would then finish up any progress notes on each client and to hand them in before leaving. I enjoyed helping each client work through their problems and it was very rewarding to see some clients return to their home school and become successful. The hardest part of the job was to see the changes in management and how it affected us as employees and as a result made it harder to perform the job affectively.