Originally Posted by westofyou
Hard work, hard, hard work.
My wife works with young adults with special needs, it is a tough job that takes a little more out of you than the average teaching position.
That's correct. My mom is an aide in a special ed class, and I have experience in a special ed class also. I'm currently a substitute teacher, and the special ed teacher at one of the high schools is the mother of one of my best friends, so any time she needs someone she gives me a call. I LOVE those kids to death, and it's my favorite classroom to sub in. But I see what the teachers go through, and I'm just not so sure I could do it.
For instance, the classroom that I help with, they have a girl who is very prone to seizures. Any sudden movement or loud noise can throw her into one. Yet, next school year, another girl who is very violent is coming into the classroom. Now obviously there is nothing that sweet girl can do about her condition, but it's VERY dangerous to put her and the other girl in the same room together. She throws chairs, she screams, she hits people. The safety and well being of both of the children is an issue, yet they have hardly a choice but to try and make it work.