For those of you I don't know, my DD is on the autism spectrum and is now 16. I've been around here forever, but not as much lately.
I just started a new job today and I'm so excited. I'm a TA in a special needs classroom. Its a cross category grade 3-5 classroom. The teacher is super, and the principal really has a heart for special needs kids. I'm getting to know the kids and learning the classroom rules and all.
I'm thinking about going back to college to get certified to teach special education. There is a program through a college here for people who already have BAs, and I've been researching it.
There was a time I would have laughed really, really hard if someone had told me that I would want to do this kind of work. For so long, I was overwhelmed and just trying so, so hard to be the best mom possible to my DD. Being her mom was a full time job for many years (more than a full time job, really). I couldn't imagine wanting to work with other children, much less special needs kids.
She is doing super now (she really turned a corner when she was about 14) and last year I went back to the kind of work I did before I had kids. As much as I liked it BEFORE kids, I hate it now. It just isn't me anymore.
So I did a lot of soul searching about what I want to do now that I have time to do something besides be a mom, and I found myself deeply drawn to working other special kids.
The other TA in the classroom is the mother of a child with Down's Syndrome who also went into this kind of work once her son was somewhat independent.