Woodsedge Learning Center
I currently work at Woodsedge Learning Center, a special education school located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I am a paraprofessional in a classroom for the severely cognitively impaired. My job duties include busing students in the morning as well as in the afternoon, studying student feeding/behavioral files while maintaining confidentiality, changing student diapers, working with the kids on using icons, switches, and sign language to communicate, assisting students with pool/music/art/gym/etc., feeding at breakfast/lunch/snack times, collecting educational data, and so on. I absolutely adore my current job and look forward to applying the information that I learn at WMU to my career at Woodsedge Learning Center.
This job experience relates to the field of Human Services in several different ways. First and foremost, Woodsedge has taught me the importance of maintaining confidentiality and an unconditional positive regard. Secondly, serving disabled kids has introduced me to a wide variety of human services professionals such as occupational therapists, physical therapists, behavioral and speech therapists, case managers, etc. Lastly, working at Woodsedge Learning Center has taught me how to follow a code of ethics and deal with ethical dilemmas according to protocol.