Engaging and Rewarding Job Experience
Direct Support Professional (DSP) (Current Employee) – Arlington, VA – March 15, 2015
There is a routine that we try to follow every day. We work with adults with intellectual disabilities and routine is a very important part of their ability to get their work done. At Woodmont Weavers, the participants weave intricate pieces that can be sold as scarves or tote bags.
First, there is break time when everyone has a chance to get settled in. After break time, the participants are given projects to work on. My job is to assist the participants and answer any questions they have. Each DSP has a number of participants assigned them to help meet their goals. Around 10:30 a.m. I pull each participant individually to a separate area to work on their goals. One participant, for example, has a goal of learning the names and dosages of all the medications she takes. Another participant has a goal to learn work-related phrases in English in order to communicate effectively in the work place. At 11 a.m. I take the participants on a walk for 30 minutes to meet their exercise goals. Then we have lunch for about an hour. After lunch, the participants continue working on their projects and goals with their DSP. Around 2:30 p.m. I walk with the participants to their transportation vehicles. Then each DSP grabs the binders for each of their participants and we write an analysis of the day and whether each goal was met. After this it is time to go home.
Great work environment, hour lunch, 30 minute break