Instructional Assistant (Current Employee), San Diego, CA – July 1, 2014
Pros: free lunch with the kids, paid holidays.
Cons: some difficult days with behaviors. pay and advancement.
Typical work day is from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday. I work daily with behavior therapy children in a classroom setting. I help with daily school subjects such as; reading, writing, math, english, science and physical education. There are behavioral incidents that occur, and as a staff or individual we handle the incidents per Safe and Positive – more... Approaches techniques (SPA). I have learned that dealing with the behavioral therapy population no day is the same, and you cannot take any one day personal because therapy is a process and not a magic show. Good overall management. Great atmosphere among staff and everyone is always available to help others. Great team more like a family. The hardest part of the job is trying to leave work at work, and realizing that there is only so much you can do. The most enjoyable part of the job is working with kids, nothing better.... – less
Child Development Counselor (Former Employee), San Diego, CA – June 27, 2014
Pros: great kids and coworkers
Cons: low pay, treat you terribly, program worsens kids behaviors
This program constantly puts both the staff and the children in danger. There is very little actual treatment involved and in the year that I worked there I watched kids only get worse and then be shipped off to other programs. The management treats staff like they are disposable and the company allows the kids to not only damage company property but – more... staff personal property which management has made policy will not be covered by the company. Pay is terrible. The only redeeming virtue is that you will find that most of your coworkers and the kids themselves are amazing people trying to do whats right. The hardest part is watching this program make good kids worse and do whatever they can to make a buck. The living conditions and food are terrible and the school is a joke. I signed on to help kids not hurt them. – less
Tech/workability spec. & Child Dev. Counselor (Former Employee), San Diego, CA – October 2, 2012
Pros: focus on team building and rewards
Cons: it is a challenge to meet the psychological and behavior needs of the clients.
A typical workday varies depending on the position. What's great about being a teacher at SDCC is that one can decide what they day will be like because it's all about planning and organizing the schedule to be fun for yourself and the students. I learned strong organizational skills from management and to maintain the integrity of my work and taking – more... pride in job well done. The team members are very supportive and most of the time will go out of their way to be there and support one another. The most challenging part of working there is that one have to always remember that you're working with a special Ed population. The behaviors and personalities of the clients vary and at times it will be tough to meet a client's emotional and psychological/ behavioral needs and that can make a person feel helpless. Other than that it is a good place to work and it has flexible work schedules. The most enjoyable part is having the opportunity to watch the clients grow and blossom emotionally and seeing the huge improvement in their behaviors. There are other incentives as well, during the summer, the executives host a picnic and cook for the staff and at the end of the year a huge Christmas party is held at a fancy hotel and those who have been at the organization for 5 or more years are recognized for their organizational commitments. – less