July 12, 2016
BENEFITING: GLOBAL AUTISM PROJECT
ORGANIZER: GLOBAL AUTISM PROJECT
My passion for working with individuals with autism initially began when I was interning at a preschool. Throughout the internship I was drawn to students who were faced with academic and behavior challenges. I was able to adapt to their learning styles by applying concepts and principles of applied behavior analysis. At this time I didn’t have much experience but that quickly changed. I taught my students how to be more independent and how to express their frustrations thru communication and not aggressions. It was honestly the most rewarding experience I have ever felt. I will never forget the first time I saw how excited one of my students was when she made her bed alone for the first time. Teaching such a simple task and seeing how it can change a person’s life helped me realize how much I wanted to work with students who are diagnosed with autism.
I am now fortunate enough to work for an amazing company who has a passion for what’s possible. Through this company I have been able to gain experience and knowledge providing practical training to programmatic employees, and assist in creating person-centered, supportive learning environments that enhance the lives of adults with developmental disabilities. This job allowed me to work with people who are culturally diverse and has increased my passion in exploring different cultures and working as a team to teach individuals with autism and development disabilities the skills they need to be successful in their environment.
I am so honored and blessed to have been accepted to the SkillCorps team to traveling to Kenya in January 2017. We will be working with Kaizora Consultants in Nairobi, training staff and reaching out to parents of children with autism. Please help out SkillCorps team in making a socially significant, measurable change in the lives of children with autism in Kenya!
I sincerely appreciate your help and thank you for continuing my passion!