AUTISM AWARENESS WEEK
For this week to help raise autism awareness I will be posting a blog everyday to share some remarkable ladies and their journey through life as a mum of a child with Autism. I will be sharing their challenges, the highs and the lows and I will now introduce you to Tara and here is her story …….
Tara is a teacher and a very special teacher at that, I know I don’t speak for myself when I say having a teacher that truly understands autism and your child’s needs makes a whole world of difference!
My name is Tara and I’ve been a teacher for children with ASD for nearly ten years. I always knew I wanted to work with children with special needs when I first entered teaching 15 years ago but never had the confidence to go for it.
My job is hugely rewarding, being able to celebrate the tiny steps many of us take for granted makes it so worthwhile. The children I teach present with many different issues, mainly social awareness and appropriate behaviours which we work on by taking them out and about in the community… Our local businesses are hugely supportive and makes it really easy for us. Some of the children have high sensory needs meaning that everyday sounds and textures can present a huge barrier to their learning and development. We’re lucky to work with a great Occupational Therapist who gives us practical advice and solutions.
I love my job, it’s exhausting, demanding and like no other teaching job I’ve had but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Everyday I count my blessings and feel humbled that the parents allow me to work with their children.
Written for Autism Awareness Week – I would like to thank the inspirational and amazing women that have shared their stories with me. Click here for The National Autistic Society and also here for the charity Parents In Need.
Here are the other stories from this week: