The Behavioral Therapist and Time

Time will fly by before one knows it! It did for me. It felt like I have only written my last post in the blogosphere a few days ago. But hell and damnation, NOOOO!! I published my previous blog entry August 15 of last year! It’s been nine months since. Nine long months?! I can’t believe it! What have I been doing?! (Excuse me for sounding a bit hysterical here!!) It’s really been too long. I didn’t want to sound overly dramatic but I had to rack my brain and summon all memory cells just in case.

My sole excuse – WORK. I spend more than 10 hours a day doing ACTUAL work. From seven in the morning to seven pm and at times going beyond as needed. As a behavioral therapist I go by this routine from Mondays to Fridays. Saturday afternoons are also allotted for work (I know right!). 

My day basically starts two hours earlier than seven. From 5am to 6am, I try to do all of the following: waking up, bathing, dressing, drying hair, eating “breakfast”-usually just coffee or crackers/bread/cookies and coffee. Worst case scenario, chips and coffee. I too wonder how I can do all that in an hour.

Moving on, from 6am to 6:45am, I commute from our place to my client’s house as I need to prepare her for her class for the day. I ride the jeepney going to the MRT station. I take the train and get off it a few stations later. Then, I ride a tricycle. Twice y’all! TWICE! before reaching my client’s house. Yes, I take public transportation! I like to be practical. It’s hard to earn a living. I might as well spend my money wisely.

Rest day/s are for running errands, doing the laundry, oversleeping, attending mass, watching Chinese and Korean dramas, YouTube videos and reading. As much as possible, I try to do all these. I rarely travel due to the bad case of traffic in Metro Manila which by the way should not be taken lightly (It’s a no brainer!). I didn’t want to spend my precious time in the back seat of a car that’s stuck in a third world traffic. I. Would. Rather. Walk. Been there, done that.

I have always been thankful for the work that I’ve done for the past two years. It gave me a different kind of satisfaction. As a Behavioral Therapist, I’m doing the kind of work that I can never experience while donning my nurse’s uniform within the premises of the hospital. I am changing the lives of kids under the spectrum who are alienated by the same society to which they belong. I am educating and raising awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder among families whose member/s are within the spectrum. I work with case managers, parents and their other family members in executing individualized ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) programs.

When I sent in my CV for this position, I wasn’t expecting much. I just wanted a change of work environment. Little did I know that the change I allowed myself to be in will greatly affect me later on. As the days passed, I felt like I didn’t have enough time to learn all the things I need to know. I was constantly seeking to better myself. But I realized how important it was to wait and that I cannot rush things to happen. That change will not take place overnight. It was a powerful reminder that so often, the end cannot be seen in the beginning. I can only do my best. And Time? I have all the time. 🙂

 

8 thoughts on “The Behavioral Therapist and Time

    • All the best to you! It’s so nice to hear from people who are in the same field. It gives me a sense of relief knowing that there are more people out there in the world who dedicate their time to better the lives of people with special needs.

    • Thank you, Maddy! We have a good number of behavioral therapy centers in the PI and most of which are found in Manila. Behavioral therapy is gaining its popularity over the recent years. It’s become more affordable and accessible to the public.

  1. I felt inspired while reading your post! Remembered one of my good friend too that once said to me she wanted to teach kids just like you. More power!! And welcome back to blogging! I’m from Philippines too. Thanks for the follow on my blog! I appreciated it 🙂

    • Yay! Thank you! 🙂 I’m excited to get back to writing. I hope I’ll be able to post more this time since the kids I’m teaching are having their summer break. So, happy to know I have fellow Filipinos around the blogosphere. I’m looking forward to reading more of your adventure.
      xoxo, Regine

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