8 Things I've Learned From Working With Special Needs Children
Start writing a post
Politics and Activism

8 Things I've Learned From Working With Special Needs Children

The most wonderful kids out there.

7427
8 Things I've Learned From Working With Special Needs Children
Google

I have volunteered and worked with special needs kids for the last three years now. I started just volunteering at Camp L.E.A.P every summer then my senior year in high school I began spending a lot more time with special needs kids in the F.M.D room at my high school. I am majoring in special education teaching, here are a few things that I have learned from working and dealing with special needs children.

1. Patience

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F04%2F22%2F635969601415491931888453598_patience.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=288&h=8e93488eaa0f0b736bae6410be6bbfcc806a15e6167a321f913ac9b56672d180&size=980x&c=3024712993 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F04%252F22%252F635969601415491931888453598_patience.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D288%26h%3D8e93488eaa0f0b736bae6410be6bbfcc806a15e6167a321f913ac9b56672d180%26size%3D980x%26c%3D3024712993%22%7D" expand=1]

I have learned that when dealing with special needs kids you have to have a lot of patience for even the smallest things. I now have a lot more patience and understanding of things after working with special needs kids. You don’t get as stressed out as easily have you might of have before.

2. Notice the small things in life

I have learned that its not just about the big picture in life that every small thing is beautiful and amazing. As some people may say “stop and smell the flowers” that is how it is like every day working with special needs kids. It is beautiful and every day brings a new smaller challenge to take on.

3. Always think positive

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F04%2F22%2F635969602385677634-832057080_positive%2520thinking.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=856&h=26024839ef40807659c1dd4e35ce86f3e92f05be0240339b1781884bec89d07c&size=980x&c=361860860 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F04%252F22%252F635969602385677634-832057080_positive%252520thinking.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D856%26h%3D26024839ef40807659c1dd4e35ce86f3e92f05be0240339b1781884bec89d07c%26size%3D980x%26c%3D361860860%22%7D" expand=1]
I have learned that no matter what is going on in my life that everything will be okay. By being around special needs kids I have learned this because they are always happy no matter has happened in their day or their life. They see the world and the day as a wonderful place and always have a smile on their faces no matter what.

4. Stop Comparing yourself to others

I have learned that you can’t always compare yourself to other people because everyone has their own unique talents and personality that make them beautiful just the way that they truly are. I myself struggled with this a lot before I started working with special needs children and learned that it isn’t about what you wear or the way you look it is about the way you treat others around you and knowing that everyone is amazing in their own way through how they act and what they do.

5. Don’t be afraid to be different

Yes, being different can seem like it is a bad thing and that everyone looks down on that especially in high school but truth is that everyone is different no one is exactly the same, if everyone were the same then the world wouldn’t be as beautiful of a place as it is right now, it would be very boring. Working with special needs kids I have learned that it is fun to be different and to be who you truly are because that you is so much better than the you that you are pretending to be.

6. Better word choices


Using the words such as: stupid, retard, or idiot. I hate using them or hearing someone I know use those words because they are very hurtful toward others. I know that sometimes teenagers do use these words toward their friends but they don’t understand how hurtful it could be toward others. Which is why I don’t use these words or let others around me use these words.

7. Never give up on anything

Never giving up is a huge thing that I have learned. I have watched some of the kids that I’ve volunteered with for three years grow up and learn so many new things that lots of time we take advantage of doing. They accomplish so many things because they work so much harder than everyone else, and never give up on anything that they want to do. I am so glad I learned this lesson because it has helped me so much through graduation and through my first year of college.

8. Everyone has something amazing to offer this crazy world

I have learned that no one is the same and that no matter what you end up doing in life you can all help someone in so many amazing ways and make this world a better place than it already is.

I love and appreciate all the amazing and wonderful special needs kids I have works with and got to meet in the past three years, I love seeing each and every one of you grow into the wonderful people you guys are becoming. I have learned so many things from working with everyone that it is unbelievable. You guys have made my life amazing and so much better. Thank you all so much.


Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Featured

'Hotel Transylvania: Transformania' Film Review

Solid animation can't raise the newest entry in Sony's colorful monster series beyond the basics

34331
'Hotel Transylvania: Transformania' Film Review
Photo Credit: Amazon Prime Video – YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6suJohjIvfo

I take a slight issue with the idea that Adam Sandler didn’t have a good dramatic role until ‘Uncut Gems,’ what about ‘Hotel Transylvania’ (he says semi-seriously)?’

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

4 Common Reasons Couples Get Divorced

Are some people just not meant to be together? Is there any way to prevent an impending divorce?

70618
4 Common Reasons Couples Get Divorced

We've all heard the statistics. Roughly 50% of married couples eventually end up divorced. This can lead to complications, problems with your children, financial issues, and no small amount of negative emotions.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

​Pets are Good for the Soul

Millions of Americans have found comfort in pet ownership. The media has been awash with stories about a surge in pet ownership, as Americans have taken advantage of the ability of pets to improve emotional well-being.

71154
Good for the Soul
Pets are Good for the Soul

America is going through a mental health crisis. This crisis predates the global pandemic, but has in many ways been dramatically exacerbated by it. In 2019, 19.86% of adults, or 50 million Americans, reported suffering from a mental illness. The emotional toll of the pandemic has been heavy, with over half of U.S. adults saying that they have experienced stress and worry related to Covid-19. Anxieties over work, uncertainty about the future and other triggers have intensified the mental health crisis. Millions of Americans have found comfort in pet ownership. The media has been awash with stories about a surge in pet ownership, as Americans have taken advantage of the ability of pets to improve emotional well-being.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

How Your Sleep Position Affects Your Health?

You changed into your pajamas, turn off the lights, and get yourself ready to sleep. How do you prefer to sleep, on the back, on your side, or on your tummy? Although there’s no scientific result that sleeping position affects your back, here are some interesting facts that have been discovered.

178465
Sleep Position

You changed into your pajamas, turn off the lights, and get yourself ready to sleep. How do you prefer to sleep, on the back, on your side, or on your tummy? Although there’s no scientific result that sleeping position affects your back, here are some interesting facts that have been discovered.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

How to Throw the Ultimate Winter Bash

As the year starts to come to an end, make sure you find the time to have some fun as well.

122775
Ultimate Winter Bash

As the year starts to come to an end, make sure you find the time to have some fun as well.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments