Being an Intern at Meath School – Ceri’s Story
Ceri is one of the Undergraduate psychology students interning at I CAN’s Meath School. Here she gives a brief insight into the placement, and the impact of her experiences half way through her year.
When I applied for the placement at Meath School, I didn’t know what to expect. I knew I wanted experience of working with children and a placement that would show me some of the career opportunities available to me at the end of my degree. Meath seemed like the perfect fit.
It gave me the opportunity to observe specialist teachers, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and an educational psychologist. The more I read, the better it seemed and the interview only made me want the placement even more.
Although my expectations starting here were very high, Meath has been a better experience than I ever could have imagined and hoped for. I’ve had the opportunity to observe the therapists working individually with the children. They are always being encouraged to extend their sentences, practice their sounds and this work is constantly being reinforced both in the classroom and on the playground.
The benefit that this holistic approach has on the children is clear. Even in the short time I’ve been here, I have seen the children’s confidence in their own abilities grow. The children are often asked in assembly to share the good things they have seen that week. It is always lovely to see how excited they are to praise each other and how supportive they are to their friends.
Alongside working in the classrooms, I have also had the opportunity to work in I CAN’s Bill Harrison Assessment Centre. This has allowed me to better understand the children that attend Meath School. It has also given me a more general understanding of the different types of schools and how they can benefit different children’s needs. It is heart-warming to see children you have worked with during their assessment become a part of the school.
These experiences have shown me how specialised Meath is and how much the right school placement can benefit a child.
Because of Meath and the experiences it’s given me, I am now looking into training to become a speech and language therapist once I have completed my degree. I know that the experience I have gained this year will greatly benefit me during my final year and when I start applying to study speech and language therapy.
I have been lucky enough to be given the opportunity to work closely with all the children in each of the six classes. The children are what makes Meath such a special place to be. They have taught me so much and I will miss all of them dearly when I have finished my placement.
Everyone has been so welcoming and I am grateful to all the staff who have taken the time to share their experiences and knowledge with me.
Meath will always have a very special place in my heart and I could not have asked for a better placement.
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