Self-Care for the Early Interventionist
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
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
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.