Kate has been my greatest source of inspiration these past years; I’m sure she’s inspired a lot of you with her courage and strength. It’s my experiences with her and a recent conversation with a friend that sparked an idea of helping others who are struggling with life problems and becoming a counselor. There is a huge demand for great counselors today. Working as a counselor at school, a community counselor or a marriage counselor is definitely a rewarding career option to pursue.
So I took the time to learn more about careers in counseling and found out that getting started is not as difficult as you may think. There are online counseling degrees from top universities such as Wake Forest University that can help you acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to get started.
Working as a counselor is also a very exciting career.
Find out more about A Counselor’s Typical Day from the infographic by http://counseling.online.wfu.edu/.
We’ve covered a lot of autism related topics on this blog, and many of you will have shown an interest in the industry through reading them. If you really want to make a difference in the lives of children (and adults) with autism, why not consider training to become a registered nurse. Not only will you gain a fulfilling career and be able to help people who suffer from autism, but you’ll also be entering into an industry that is crying out for employees.
The nursing industry is expected to grow by double the rate of all other industries in the United States over the next five years. And it’s a much less stressful career than that of becoming a doctor. Plus, the current nursing shortage in the United States is expected to get worse before it gets better.
To find out more about the nursing shortage, and the facts and the figures related to the industry, read the full infographic by Maryville University.
Most teens with autism spectrum disorder do not go to college after high school. In fact, many of them struggle to complete their high school education. Parents of children with autism are often overwhelmed by their children’s deficits and disabilities and give up on college education, but they should prepare their children for higher levels of education and help them complete their college education successfully. If you have a child living with autism spectrum disorder, here are some tips on how to prepare your child for college:
1. Start Planning EarlyYou must determine from the start that your child will achieve the highest level of education possible. Start preparing him or her for college as soon as he or she joins high school. Children with autism can take longer to learn important life skills such as organization, communication, and social skills. Your child needs such skills to go through college successfully. Start helping your child to acquire the skills early enough instead of trying to catch up when your child is already enrolled in college.
2. Focus on your Child’s StrengthsChildren with autism can achieve the same results as other children if they are raised in a supportive environment. Many parents pay attention to the disabilities or deficiencies of their children with autsim and forget their strengths. While the weaknesses cannot be ignored, parents should identify and build on their children’s strengths.
For instance, if your child is good at reading and writing, encourage him or her to pursue a career in line with those skills. Some top careers for MBA grads demand good analytical skills, which some autistic children are very good at. According to this paper by the University of Maryland, marketing is one of the top careers with an MBA at the moment, and is a field that demands out-of-the-box thinking, which is also great for children with autism.
3. Utilize TechnologyTechnology has made it easier for children with autism spectrum disorder to live and learn independently. Start teaching your child to use his or her smartphone or tablet to set reminders for his lessons and assignments while still in high school. Children with autism that struggle with communication and social skills can use emails, texts, or social media to interact with other children effectively. The secret is to teach your child to use modern technology as early as you can.
4. Encourage your Child to be IndependentYour child needs to be independent if you want them to pursue their education like other children. You may sympathize with your child’s deficits and be tempted to do everything for him or her to make life easier. Unfortunately, that will only make his or her college life harder. You can train your child to be independent by assigning simple tasks such as cooking, shopping, and doing laundry. Take several trips away from home and see how your child responds to a new environment.
You can make your autistic child’s life in college easier by preparing him or her early enough. Train your child to use technology, socialize, communicate, and be independent while he or she is still in high school.
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