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My name is Ailidh and I am 22 years old. I graduated in Psychology in June 2010 and started at TreeHouse School as a Trainee ABA Tutor on the graduate scheme in July 2010. I wasn’t sure what to expect before I started but it has totally exceeded any expectations I did have and I absolutely love working here.
All of the pupils are fantastic and very rewarding to work with, all in different ways. Simple things give the greatest sense of satisfaction, such as the first time a pupil is able to brush their teeth independently or spontaneously communicate what they want. To see the pupils making progress and succeeding is great for both you and them, especially knowing that they have gained a skill that will make them more independent in everyday life. The job can be challenging but all of the staff in the school are extremely supportive of one another and committed to successfully caring for and educating the pupils.
The initial training as part of the graduate scheme is very intensive, interesting and motivating. It provides the theory and knowledge necessary to carry out the role of Trainee ABA tutor which is then applied in class with some opportunity to practise skills in the context of role play.
Follow on training is then largely class based, giving trainees a chance to put the theory into practice while learning about the individual pupils and their needs, in addition to the day-to-day responsibilities of a Trainee ABA Tutor. I started with 15 others on the graduate scheme, all in the same position. TreeHouse School provides a supportive environment for new staff and it has also been a great way of making friends.