June 8, 2016

End of the School Year Thoughts

I cannot believe yesterday was the last day of the school year for my students. We've all been anxiously anticipating it, but a part of me is honestly sad it's here. It's been a phenomenal year. I was blessed with the sweetest students and an amazing co-worker. This was my third year working at my current school and there's something about this third year that established roots. I grew tremendously as a professional and individual. Collaboration became more organic. I gained a ton of experience working with assistive technology. Pushing into classrooms felt less intimidating.

The second therapist assigned to my school once a week has years of experience under her belt so she turned out to be a great mentor and friend. I can't thank her enough for sharing her expertise and wisdom. The workload was also much more manageable with the extra help. I was able to soak in more time doing the part of my job I love: treatment. I had time to plan creative activities, update devices, and create visual supports. I also learned to pick interesting topics to use in therapy.

My kids made a ton of gains and we had fun! Students thanked me for helping them and some visited me even after they were dismissed. The highlight for me was when a student asked me if he could keep seeing me for therapy when he went off to high school. It hasn't always been like this. I've dealt with my fair share of oppositional behaviors -- and that might just be what made this year so sweet. I remember praying for a lighter workload this time last year, because the previous school year was so tough. As I pack-up for the summer, I close this school year with so much gratitude. It's been a lovely year.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

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