Last year I went back to university as a very mature student and completed this Spring an intensive special needs educational assistant certificate course. This was a whole new world to me, and it took me a while to find my feet and get into the rhythm of things.
This is an area that regular teachers often don’t cover in their training. As a result, in an era where inclusion is becoming more and more the norm, these teachers are being required to work hand in hand with classroom assistants who have this training and are able to bring focus to offering children with special needs the additional support they require.
There were many moments during my training that the light bulb really popped on. Myths were being busted on a regular basis as I learned more and more about what children with exceptionalities could and couldn’t do. I could really see the importance of stepping back from commonly-held assumptions and opening my mind to seeing what was really there.
I look forward to sharing some of my findings and perhaps reviewing some of the literature and videos that I watched on my journey. And you might feel moved to share some feedback with me. That would be lovely too.