Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Associate's Adventures #1

He was crying again. And despite our efforts to calm him down, he was screaming on the floor before long, stomping his feet in the process and wanting to bite his hand. 

The sight of a child having a meltdown itself is more than enough to scare a lot of people away. Imagine a child wailing so loudly that no matter what you do or say does not make a difference, one would not blame the adult for wanting to walk away because it can just get so frustrating not knowing what to do with the child. 

It's sometimes easy to dismiss their tantrums as them purposely wanting to cause trouble or because that they're "naughty", but as he looked at me, there's just something in his eyes that said, "Help me". It's only that he could not talk did he have no choice but to rely on crying and screaming to let us know that something was wrong, as it was the only way in which he can communicate.

The therapist who was in the session with me just scooped him up in the middle of his meltdown, crying and all, and cradled him on her arms while repeating, "It's okay, it's okay" over and over again to calm him down. She did not appear one least bit of frustration with the child and throughout the entire moment, she just sat there with him, rocking him gently and just whispering that it's all going to be okay to him. In this line of work, sometimes you could see the best and the worst of humanity all at the same time.

It's been more than three weeks since I officially started work as someone working with special needs young children and everyday I'm learning new things about humanity in ways that I have never imagined before. Of course the job does sometimes force me to ask long and hard questions about life itself but I think this might be just a worthwhile journey to walk.




Of course, that doesn't mean I'm going to stop complaining about my 3+ hours journey everyday to and from my workplace for the rest of my days here.


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