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What careers are available to work with disabled children?


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Michele’s Answer

Hi, Rosheana, There are a multitude of avenues to work with children with special and diverse needs (note: try to use "people first language," meaning instead of "disabled children," a "child with Asperger's"). In school settings, classroom teachers of all subjects and grades support students with special needs, whether physical, emotional, learning-related, adjustment/temporary, etc. School settings will also have dedicated therapists in varied specialities (speech, occupational therapy, etc.) who work with children both inside their classrooms and in pull-out sessions individually or in small groups. And there are entire schools and group home settings where the entire population of workers are specialists, and all students have various challenges. Specialized workers may also support children in out-of-school settings, such as afterschool and summer programs/camps, private treatment offices, or as part of a larger psychological or medical office. The career takes tremendous empathy, patience, and a willingness to continually learn about each child's unique needs as well as advances in medical, psychological, learning, and behavioral sciences - it's fascinating, fulfilling work! I recommend doing volunteer work and/or a school internship alongside such workers to get a sense of the challenges and rewards. Good luck! Michele


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M. Gwen’s Answer

Career that are available to disabled children is computer technology. Thanks to Google they are changing the industry where you can work right in the comfort of your home.


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