You make a difference.
There it is. It’s a powerful thing and one that we can easily take for granted in the midst of paperwork, getting stuck in traffic between visits, going to meetings, and completing even more paperwork. You never know when you are going to provide support to a child and family that will impact them for the rest of the child’s lifetime. Service coordinators regularly link families with resources, help them find information to make informed decisions, guide families through unfamiliar processes, and provide emotional support that is often greatly needed at vulnerable times. Service providers help parents see the incredible influence they have on their child’s development. It’s not just about teaching children to walk and talk, it’s about providing the guidance and support the family needs to shape their child’s abilities. Early intervention providers touch lives, and that takes my breathe away when I really think about it.
The work you do is so important. When you have one of “those” days when you feel exhausted or feel like switching gears and maybe trying to run a flower stand at the beach instead (you know who you are), step back and reflect and be proud of what you do. Take that breath and remember that everyday you have the opportunity to make a difference in a child’s and family’s life.
Listen to Liam’s mother as she shares what early intervention has meant to her family:
I know I usually write about tips and strategies you can use with families, but I thought today seemed like a good day to just appreciate you. 🙂
What is it that you love about your job? Why are you in this field?