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Saturday, March 30, 2013

I had gotten used to being a woman of leisure. Now I have a time-consuming job. I go from 8-ish to 4-ish to a family's home and provide tutoring and behavior therapy to a couple of children with a diagnosis of being on the Autism spectrum. It's my first time being solely responsible for the care and tending of an autistic child, and so far so good. I have a co-worker in the home with me. She is responsible for the younger child who exhibits a classic case of autistism (he's 8, but really small for his age). I have responsibility for the older, very skillful boy (he's 9, and also kind of small). So far, as I said, so good. Mom is in and out of the house. I could write an entire blog about my impressions of her as she is a piece of work herself, but I will just do my best to get along with her so I can keep this job. The kids are enrolled in an online school and it's interesting to gain experience with that. I am thinking that my daughter needs to enroll there this summer if she doesn't pass the end-of-course test in algebra/geometry. It's good to learn about it. It's also good to gain some experience working with special education children. This could be the beginning of a new career pathway!

I will be taking my lunch to work and I hope to get back on the good foot with my weightloss goals. I have backslid big time with eating. I need to regain control. It's spring and I wanted to be much thinner by now. Need to do everything to turn things around and start making progress again.

Hope everything has a happy Easter!
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    It takes a special kind of person to help special children. You will make meaningful impressions on those children. Keep up the good work both work wise and your weight loss gosls emoticon
    3004 days ago
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    I hope you enjoy your new job!
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    I just looked at all of your awards. You are doing awesome my friend!! You have inspired me!!

    3005 days ago
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    You seem very determined. With that attitude I am sure you will reach your goal. If you get off track or make a detour, don't panic or start to doubt yourself, just get back on the road.
    3005 days ago
  • 1EMMA2011
    So glad you are there to guide them! Sounds like a great experience!

    3006 days ago
    It will take time to get into your groove but you will do it. I know you are glad to have this job! You can choose healthy food for your lunch. Remember you are in control of what you eat!

    Hang in there.
    3006 days ago
  • KAREN608
    Sounds like a learning curve for you, but also, bringing your own lunch
    means plenty of control for all day long calories, a good thing!
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    What a lovely position to be in. I know the challenges and blessings that come from working with kids who are on the spectrum. That is what I do for a living. I teach children who are in middle school and who have VERY challenging behaviors and most of the have autism. It is both interesting and rewarding but also challenging and frustrating at times. Most kids on the spectrum have parents who are somewhat pieces of work themselves. When the kids and we helpers (whether teachers or aides, or caregivers) are VERY lucky, the parents learn along with the kids how to maximize the potential and minimize the challenges. Have fun and enjoy your new job.
    3006 days ago
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    Sounds like a challenge. Sounds like you are doing a great job.
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    what a challenging job- especially when the parent is in and out- Is this a medicaid waiver program or part of the school district? Medicaid waiver programs are the big thing now in NY state.
    I am very impressed that you are doing this. Can you take him out any? I would have a hard time being with emoticon one child all day.
    3006 days ago
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    Think positive thoughts and drink a glass of water every time you eat.
    3006 days ago
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    Wow, what a challenge! But sounds like you are making the best of it. I much prefer to be working while watching my weight, because it seems easier to ration my food when I am not in my house. I hope it works the same for you. I really admire and appreciate your work to help children learn. Being a good teacher is one of the most admirable endeavors in the world. Good on you!

    3006 days ago
    Sounds very interesting!
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