Experience: 2 Years
I've always been familiar with individuals with special needs as my brother has quite severe cognitive, behavioural and learning disabilities. As he's gotten older, he's also developed mental health issues which I have adapted to and together we've learned to control. I have completed courses in Adult, Child and Infant basic life support and Manual Handling. I worked in Alder Hey Children's hospital on an Orthopaedic ward where I gained valuable hands on experience caring for children of all ages with extreme physical impairments. I worked with children who used wheelchairs, hip spica casts and LRS frames, to name just a few.
I was extremely lucky enough to be offered 6 month job in America working with guests of varying abilities at a special needs holiday camp. It was here that I realised my passion for caring and promoting independence and inclusion for people of all abilities. I provided personal care, developed friendships and came up with classes that would be fun and interesting for a group with a wide range of abilities. For example, one dance class of 30 people could include wheelchair users, people on the autistic spectrum, people with Down's Syndrome and individuals with OCD or with a very short attention span.