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The Ins and Outs of Early Intervention

Self-Care for the Early Interventionist

Published March 25, 2015 8:44 AM by jasna cowan

As early interventionists, we are constantly on the go. Adhering to the natural environments policies, we are constantly traveling from home to day care and back. The following tips are things we need to consider that are specific to the job that we do.

1. Eat! It is very important to prepare your meals and snacks for the days. I am usually on the road so having nutritional snacks and meals available as you get hungry or just for young your energy for the active little one on your schedule.

2. Drink Water! Make sure you take a water bottle with you for your day. Water is so important to have to drink during the day. The days I forget to bring my water bottle I tend to get tired faster and sometimes even get migraines. Water is very important to have while you are on the go.

3. Recharge! On your break or lunch try to do things that recharge your soul. Go for a walk, get fresh air, read a book, meditate. Do whatever refills your soul. As early interventionists, we give. We give so much that it is extremely important to recharge and replenish so we have more to give to the other children and parents that we are to see for the remainder of the day.

4. Listen to Music! Listening to music or an audiobook in the car from appointment to appointment can be like pressing the refresh button on the computer between appointments. Sing, dance, do whatever you can to get in your happy place.

5. Keep a Positive Attitude! Toddlers know when we are not feeling our best and they communicate their knowledge worth their increased behaviors. We all see kiddos that tend to be challenging to us. It is vital to choose our thoughts wisely. Remember that these children need you the most. Try a new approach, change up the routine, try a new toy. Think and try to focus on al of the positive things that occur during your session. Try to talk to colleagues for new ideas that you haven't thought of before. The toughest kiddos that you work with need you the most.

In order for us to be the best person we can for that one or two hours per week, we need to remember to take care of ourselves, forgive ourselves if things aren't going the way we wished they would, and try to remain inspired and positive about the work that we do every day.

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