Working in Early Intervention
I recently interviewed Marcella Sweeney, a lady who works with WesternCare in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, who works in Early Intervention. Here she tell us what her job is like and she even shares a few memories working with Dian. Enjoy!
1). Tell us a bit about yourself and your job description.
I have worked in early intervention and school age autism team for the past eighteen years. This is a job that I love to do as it has taught me so much about autism and how every child with the diagnosis is very different and what may work for one person will not work for another. Work is different every day so never a dull moment. I have learned so much from the children I can safely say that they have taught me over the years.
2). What is the best part of your job?
Best part of my job is seeing the children excel in their learning and the look on their faces after all the hard work they have put in to get to that point , it could take a day a week or a month or more but that’s not important it’s the end result and their achievements that matter.
3). What is the hardest part of your job?
Hardest part of my job is not being able to give as much intervention to the families as needed. Over the past few years paper work has grown and budgets have been cut this is all due to our leaders in the government. Also, it’s hard for me to say goodbye when the children move on to primary school its bitter sweet…. But I try and always be here for the families if a problem arises they know they can contact me.
4). Could you please share a happy memory you have of working with Dian
Proud moment with Dian was I remember I use to do flash cards, I’d say the word hoping Dian would copy sometimes an odd time he would say a word. Then one morning I took out the cards and Dian said every one of them myself and Paula couldn’t believe it. I think Dian was so sick of these cards he said to himself if I tell her them all she might stop with the cards! Then another day he called me big eyes… Still don’t know if that was a compliment or not!
Thank you very much Marcella for giving up your time to answer my questions.