A situation where by following I felt like a leader was this past school year working in a team of EA’s who worked with sone very complex children.
One student in particular had a psychiatric diagnosis, was difficult to work with, and could be violent. A young EA on our team had a similar background and diagnosis and could relate very well to this student when no one else could. She really had a way with this girl and understood her and her behaviours really well. She had a communication style with this student that worked well and taught us how to communicate with this girl in good times and bad and how to deescalate situations with this girl when they came up.
Although this EA did not have a great deal of education, her experience, insight, and compassion helped to guide us in the care of this student and made for a more positive and happy environment for the students and staff.