Why Special Education?
I get asked this question all the time, so let me give you the long answer.
I knew a career working with kids was the way to go for me, but I just wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do.
My younger brother was adopted, he entered our lives when he was 6 months old and I couldn’t love him anymore. Growing up he had a hidden disorder called Reactive Attachment Disorder. He has a hard time forming strong attachments, and is very cautious of the ones he does make. I remember being a young girl and being able to break through when Wyatt would shut down. I’d sit in his room for hours trying to get him to talk to me. This led me to think that a career as a social worker may be best for me.
However, my mind changed when I reached college. I struggled a lot in high school and college had seemed a lot easier, except for lectures. I had such a hard time absorbing information that was spoken. I called my mom, yup we all need to call mom sometimes, and told her that I was struggling. She reminded me of when I was in sixth grade and she wanted to have me tested for a learning disability. It never ended up happening, so now at 19 years old I was going through the motions to be evaluated. After the evaluation was completed, I learned that I had auditory processing disorder. The psychologist that did the testing shared in her report that it was hard to diagnose me because I had taught myself coping strategies to better access auditory information. I started thinking about these coping strategies and how I could teach them to other students that had the same struggles I had and continue to have. So then my path began to change.
Another experience that lead to me pursuing a career in teaching was volunteering in a special education classroom. My mom is a para educator in a k-2 class for students with moderate to severe special needs. In high school I needed service hours to graduate and I was able to complete some of my hours in her classroom. I started spending even more time in her classroom in college. I’d come home and teach lessons to her students, read them stories, and lead circle time. Teaching felt natural and almost effortless at times. I decided to add a minor in Early Childhood Education. This could go along with my degree in psychology and help provide me the skills needed to get into the classroom.
I quickly fell in love with the classroom, I loved being able to relate to students with learning disabilities and helping them find ways to process information. I went straight into a credential program for mild to moderate special education upon the completion of my bachelors in psychology with a minor in early childhood education.
I am so thrilled to be where I am now and doing what I am doing! I’d love to answer any questions you may have about teaching! Get connected with me via Instagram, Facebook, or leave a comment and I will do my best to address your questions.