“I’m still just starting out and I know I have a long road to go but I really feel that the tools from RCY are helping me stay calm and less stressed about work and the everyday things. I’m trying to just close my eyes and take a few breaths if something happens that’s stressful or unexpected. Also, I’m doing this before treating my kids.
In the course, Shakta discussed segmental thoughts and I really loved this idea so I’m trying to use this technique in my daily life instead of dreading something that is going to happen later on, I just break it up into parts and get through each part before thinking of the next one. This also helped since I’ve had a lot of very chaotic days at work lately with numerous evaluations in a week and it allowed me to just work on one thing at a time.
I feel that my attitude has changed and I’ve allowed myself to be happier and find the joy in simple things, instead of always focusing on the negative.
One of the other experiences I’ve had was with a child who I visit at a school who was diagnosed with Autism. Upon walking into the school I had at least 3 administrators and teachers stop me to tell me how bad he’s been this week and that he’s been inconsolable. He had been jumping out of mom’s car when he got to school in the morning, and he had his jaw open and locked and fists clenched. This continued throughout the days for a full week. They told me, “Don’t even bother–you’re not going to get anything out of him.” It was frustrating to hear all of these things because I felt as though their “heads up” was setting up each person with a bad attitude as they were about to walk in to work with this little boy. So I thanked each person for their advice, and went into my room to put my equipment down and set up.
Before I went into the classroom to bring him to PT, I took a few deep breaths and said a few words to calm myself and say to myself “whatever happens is okay and we’re just going to see what happens and go from there.” And what happened was amazing. He didn’t have any fits,no yelling or hitting. He did a few of the activities we were working on to meet his goals and he did a wonderful job. He listened and calmed right down. I was so happy that I went in with a clear mind and it made a difference. Instead of letting other people change my mindset and attitude I went in with an open mind and great things happened. Doing this has changed the way I try to work with my kids who I treat because it was so successful.”