Thursday, September 07, 2006

New Job

Back. Exhausted! Started new job with preschoolers with autism. Lots to tell, but no time to tell it yet. Major tantrum from one kid wore me out today. How do you tell parents that they are overcoddling their kids and encouraging bad behavior at home? I already know I need to have this conversation with one kid's parents. I can't be the only one who pushes him to change his behavior, or he'll make my life a nightmare. Autism and bad behavior. Two different things. Oh, and potty training. The best part of my new job.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

glad you're back. Missed your blog

5:35 AM  
Anonymous Schoolgal said...

I had no idea you were switching jobs--especially since your principal was removed. Are you still working for the DoE or a private school?

I work with Pre-K and K students and it's very hard. I wish you the best of luck.

6:28 PM  
Blogger Miss Dennis said...

We will have lots to talk about Schoolgal! Last year, I was doing classroom teaching by day, aba therapy by night. Now I am a SEIT - special education itinerant teacher. Getting paid a high hourly rate by a private agency, but drawback is no paid vacation and benefits aren't so great. (The Dept of Ed pays the private agency, and they take a cut of my pay - seems like there could be a more cost effective way for the DOE!). I will be with two kids at their preschools - one in the morning, and one in the afternoon, then I will work with another kid in his home in the evening. My license is in Special Ed Pre-K through 12, so there is a huge range in the ages I can teach. That may change, though, if the state doesn't process my permanent license application soon!

7:34 PM  
Anonymous Schoolgal said...

Good luck. I hope you like this better, but benefits are important too.

Many teachers are in the same boat you are since the state hasn't processed their paperwork either, so I wouldn't worry. My friend is in touch with her college to see what they can do from their end.

8:07 PM  
Anonymous John Wills Lloyd said...

Good luck, Miss Dennis!

9:33 AM  
Blogger The Rain said...

Pre-School teachers are a hardy lot. I like to poke my head into the 3-year old room every now and then just to remind myself that 1st grade really isn't that bad of an assignment.

3:16 PM  
Blogger Ariane said...

Hi! Welcome back! I used to be a school psychologist at special education preschool for many children with autism. I think one of the best ways to approach parents is to talk about behavior change as a team approach. Have them visualize their lives with fewer tantrums/behavioral difficulties and then go from there. Working with the child at school with a good behavior management plan will only go so far without generalization to the home environment. Perhaps create a plan with their input so they "own" their part of the program. Good luck...I know it's difficult but hopefully there will be a few families that will really work with you! :)

4:50 PM  

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