Best of All – Sylvia

I work as a paraprofessional at the Murray Ridge School which does instruction for students with various disabilities. I have a student assigned to me that I do one-on-one instruction. It is in Elyria and serves students throughout Lorain County. In my spare time, I love reading, shopping, and lounging at home. Some of my favorite foods would be anything that involves chips!

I served nine years in the Air Force Reserves. I worked as a Medical Laboratory Technician for over 30 years in various hospitals and doctor’s offices. I also worked as a lab tech at the Safeway ice cream plant when my husband and I lived in Denver, Colorado. I began my work with those with special needs after I was downsized from my last job in a doctor’s office, and because of a suggestion from a friend.

I met Troy and his family from his previous provider that I worked with at Murray Ridge. I have worked with Troy since October 2018.

He has such an upbeat and pleasant personality. It is impossible to be sad when you are in his presence!

Troy and I go swimming twice a week, we attend programs at GiGi’s Playhouse like Games with Friends, Project Pulse, and Fantastic Friends. Every Saturday we go bowling! We also go to the movies, out to eat, and on some occasions, we attend events at my church.

My favorite thing to do with Troy is watching him interact and build friendships with others!

I get so excited and motivated when I see the little things that a lot of people overlook, but are really the individual promoting their independence!

It is nice to be important but it is more important to be nice.

NEVER judge a book by its cover!

Sometimes it is hard watching people who do not understand people with special needs.

The benefits of working with a family and their loved one, to me, is an internal feeling of worth and seeing the appreciation that comes from them.

Trust the process, do not give up. It is okay to seek assistance and help from others!

People are often hesitant to provide caregivers out of fear. They don’t know if they can trust the individual, which is understandable because we are taking care of their loved one!

Troy absolutely looks forward to coming to GiGi’s. He loves spending time with his friends at Project Pulse, Games with Friends, and even dancing at the Fantastic Friends NYE party!

I greatly enjoy coming to GiGi’s. I am so glad I have been introduced to everyone there. It is a place of warmth and acceptance for everyone who comes in, and you always leave with such a feeling of closeness and friendship to all you encounter.

Although this work is not for everyone, if you do it, you will be consumed with a desire to do more. The feeling of knowing you are making a difference for someone is indescribable.

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