I have had numerous opportunities to volunteer and work with children of all abilities. Many of these children had independent or concurrent learning disabilities, emotional problems, and/or behavioural problems. I met these individuals through organizations I volunteered or worked for, programs I organized, and through summer camps where I was a counsellor that all catered children with disabilities. I also have personal relationships with children of family friends.
Richard Eyre, a film director, says, “Change begins with understanding and understanding begins by identifying oneself with another person: in a word, empathy. The arts enable us to put ourselves in the minds, eyes, ears and hearts of other human beings.” Empathy can change a person. They have a better attitude towards others and allows them to put themselves in another 's shoes. Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird shows how empathy is important and how it will affect society. The novel, which takes place in Alabama in the 1930s, is narrated by a young girl named Scout who lives with her older brother Jem, and her father, Atticus, a lawyer. Scout and Jem learn about the empathy from many characters: Miss Caroline, Scout’s first grade teacher; Mrs. Dubose, a widow who tries to overcome her addiction to morphine; Bob Ewell, the father of Ewells and a witness at the Tom Robinson trial; Walter Cunningham, Mr. Cunningham’s son; Tom Robinson, a black man who isfalsely accused with rape; and Mayella Ewell, Bob Ewell’s daughter who accuses Tom. Harper Lee teaches us that empathy can lead a person to have a better understanding of others so people can overcome prejudice. However, people without empathy will only think of themselves and will not consider the consequences of their actions.
Working with children is one of the biggest adventures in life. However, as every other job, it has their complications and challenging times. A child with special needs or disabilities is a person who needs more from you; they require from your attention, support, help, and trust. I have the opportunity of working around children with special needs or disabilities; it is a different experience with each one. As every child, they are unique, they develop and learn in different ways. My purpose and reason of writing this essay are to understand, learn, and confirm that the accommodations that I am providing to my children with special needs or disabilities are the greatest ones and the ones that can
Empathy towards people with disabilities is a quality that I consider has been deep-seated in me since an early age. For example, when I was ten years old, while watching the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) telethon, I was moved to do a fundraiser in my community. All the money raised was sent to the MDA. This made me aware that we can all contribute in some way or another to the good of others. Later on, after completing my high school, I decided to pursue a degree in Physical Education and recreation for children with disabilities. Working as an Adeptive Physical Educator gave me the opportunity to change the lives of many students. The years invested in this occupation brought me great personal and professional satisfactions that still follow me to this
In ninth grade, my mother suggested that I volunteer with peers at my high school who are special needs. She thought it would be good for me to meet other people my age who have their unique struggles in school, much like myself. I protested originally, but little did I know I would love volunteering with my peers, regardless of their disability. During this time, I signed up to volunteer with a local organization called Buddy Ball. At Buddy Ball, I had the opportunity to teach children with disabilities ages five through twenty-one baseball. When I volunteered with my peers, I mainly saw high schoolers with severe autism, intellectual disabilities, and emotional disturbances, whereas with Buddy Ball most of the participants had severe autism, intellectual disability, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, epilepsy, or a multiple of disabilities. Both of these experiences allowed me to gain knowledge of a variety of special
As someone who works with individuals with autism and other disabilities, it is disheartening seeing the mistreatment that they must endure in all aspects of their lives. The stereotypes and stigmas that surround these individuals are often incorrect and misguided. There are plenty of individuals with disabilities that are capable of living productive lives and it is important for them to be included in
There are three main types of Episodic Volunteering: temporary, interim and occasional. Temporary volunteers are those who serve for only a short time such as if University of Manitoba want to host an event for a day, the University will look for a student who is willing to volunteer for an hour or two. Those students are called temporary volunteers. Interim volunteers are volunteers that work regularly for one organization but no more than six months. For an instance, interim baby caregiver, those who work as an interim caregiver will only take care of the baby for several months until they handover the baby to the parents. It is usually no longer than six months.
Never would I have thought that being a counselor at a summer camp filled with tubing, movie watching, water balloon fights and lots of singing and dancing would make me see the world in such a new and brighter light. This past summer I participated as a counselor in a week-long summer camp called Camp Able. The camp is for children and adults ranging from ages 6-60 with disabilities, particularly Down Syndrome and Autism. Prior to this camp, I didn’t realize how much joy these unique souls could bring to my life. Camp Able was not only an experience that impacted me in a positive way but did so to the 50 campers that attended as well. The camp’s ultimate goal is to eliminate the word impossible from the
The first goal which is Developing Empathy is helping children to be able to feel and sympathize with others around them. This is an important skill because it helps us to adjust our actions to the behaviors of others. For example, if Judy starts to cry because her ice cream falls on the ground, her best friend Anna will try to give Judy her ice cream to cheer her up. This is an example of empathizing. Teachers use techniques such as role playing and discussing feelings to help further children understanding. This can be seen in group time where photos are shown of people expressing different emotions and the children are to assume what could have made that person feel that specific way. The second goal is Learning to Be Generous Altruistic
In addition, to using empathy and genuineness you could use is clarifying your role to the client (Kirst-Ashman and Hull, 2015). Providing your client with your role clearly will help in overcoming the barriers they put up. A client learning that although they were mandated to work with you seeing that you are there to help make improvements can help with the reluctance. Also, that perhaps will tie in both empathy and genuineness is allowing the client to figure out what s/he would like you the social worker to do for them (Kirst-Ashman and Hull, 2015). Asking questions allowing the client to show or explain what you can do for them will show that they are empowered. This empowerment may help will the barriers the clients has with receiving
As a whole, we do not acknowlage what goes on in people's lives other than our own. Most people are selfish in everything they do, and it seems we will step on who ever or what ever it takes to get to the top. The world is becoming a place where you are only important if you are the richest or the person in charge only to make ourselves better, not taking any time to stop and try to help others become better and more successful.Another thing we dont think about is that when we only focus on ourselves, we are taking all of the avaliable oppurtunities that we may not need (just want) from someone else who might have put the same oppurtunity to better use.
Most benefits that we humans receive and or give come from things we do everyday. If the saying goes that each action has a consequence, it would also mean that every action has a benefit. Some of those actions consist of helping others or showing empathy towards others. This idea of actions having benefits has been commonly seen throughout the world as a common saying. The saying goes that you get a benefit the equivalent to your actions. To clarify, this means that the benefits of an action would be equal to the greatness of that action. What exactly are the benefits of empathy? We could say that the benefits of empathy are pretty basic or normal, but the most normal and basic things in our world seem to hold the most ingenuity and creativity
By utilizing Bowlby’s attachment theory to break down and better understand individual involvement or lack of involvement in volunteering, and then separating their individual motives into the six categories refined and developed by (Clary ET AL. 1998) from the functional theorizing of Katz in 1960 and Smith in 1956, in Understanding and Assessing the Motivation for Volunteering. We can examine how these two support systems compliment and interplay in the minds of potential support providers, and gain a better understand what motivates people to volunteer and who actually benefits more from the act of volunteering the volunteers or those they serve. Attachment theory will give a clearer understanding of the egotistic motives behind