I had the privilege and honor to work with mentally challenge seniors. middle age adults and children for over 30 years. My work experience involves working, in classrooms, shelter workshops, and group homes. The experience was providing quality care for the seniors as well as implementing and developing activities and goals to meet their needs. Shelter workshops were set up in to develop goals for the students in preparing them for jobs in our society as well as the opportunity to manage money. Classroom setting permitted me to work with students one-on-one assisting with academic skills. My training in crisis management techniques was valuable in controlling the students who displayed negative behavior. This decreased the negative and was placed with the positive. Behavior modification program was established as a reward system for the positive behavior displayed. Working with the mentally challenged population enhanced my knowledge of human beings that struggle with learning in this every changing world. I found it an honor to be employed in the mentally challenged institutions, such as schools, and developmental and training centers.
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