Job Title: Inclusion Aide
Education: BA in Social Work, Seton Hill College, Greensburg, PA
Previous Experience: I worked as a counselor at a residential short term theraputic setting for emotionally disturbed children for a couple of summers. After college, I started as a program aide at a school for the visually impaired for a summer, then became assistant Houseparent, then Houseparent for the last five years of this ten year job. After that, I have spent the last nine years as inclusion aide for the public schools.
Job Tasks: I work at an elementary public school as an aide for the inclusion students, (students that are mainstreamed but that are part of special education). I work mostly in one third grade classroom with two students that have Individual Education Plans. But I help out with the whole class as well.
During the day I help the students with social, and academic goals. I facilitate social interaction, modify and adapt the curriculum when necessary, and give overall support so that the child can be successful in the classroom. If behavior is an issue, I may work with teachers, social worker, or school psychologist to discuss, create, and implement behavior programs for the student.
Some examples of things I do may be as follows:
It is challenging and fun to find creative, "out of the box" ways tohelp children become successful in the public school environment.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job is seeing a child that is struggling with academics and social skills, dislikes school, and has low self esteem, become confident, make friends and do well due to support given.
The worst part of the job is when the parents may not see the issues you see and do not support you, which happens less then more. Also, the budget cuts affect the support a school psychologist can give or if there is even a social worker at all. Also, the pay is minimum.
1. You need to be able to find stregnths in every child.
2. You need to like children
3. It is helpful if you have worked with special needs children
4. You need to be a team player
5. You probably will want to use this experience as a stepping stone while taking courses to becoming a teacher, school pyschologists, etc. because the pay is minimum.
6. It is a great way to see speech therapists, teachers, occupational therapists, learning center staff, ELL staff, and school psychologists in action if you are undecided about a career.
Additional Thoughts: The hours are great if you have kids. They are school hours, and vacations are the same as your children's.
These schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles).
Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.
Liberty University provides a world-class education with a solid Christian foundation, equipping men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for success in every aspect of life.
The MSW@USC is the first top-ranked MSW program offered nationally. Many online programs are limited to certain geographic areas or the availability of courses, making it necessary to travel to campus. Our program can be completed from virtually anywhere without the need to relocate to Southern California.
Colorado State University-Global Campus
Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU-Global) recently received state approval to enroll students with little to no prior college experience. To help ensure student success, the university has created a program especially for these students who plan on starting their college experience for the first time with us.
Welcome to Argosy University
Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its eight colleges: College of Behavioral Sciences, Graduate School of Business and Management, College of Education, College of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Creative Arts and Design, College of Clinical Psychology and Western State College of Law at Argosy University as well as certificate programs in many areas.
Pursue your education at Ohio Christian University.
The inside stories from people actually working in the field.
Click a story title to show the story, and click the title again to hide it.
Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.
Most stories include:
Please also see our detailed information about Family And School Social Workers, including: