I have five years experience educating children with autism spectrum disorder.
I began subbing in 2007 but was requested for permanent hire while serving in a coveted long-term assignment the same school year. Being a para-educator of children with autism involves teaching one or two children at a time and taking precise data throughout the learning process.
This sort of assignment keeps you on your toes, because the minute you relax, you’ve lost the child’s attention and have to work even harder to get it back. You have to think outside the box to maintain or regain what we call “attending”.