I Work at Wayne ARC
Buisch, Direct Support Professional, 11 years
is the most gratifying part of your work?
The best part of my job is helping individuals feel good
about themselves by challenging them to see that they are
capable of doing more than others thought they could do.
you share one of the most touching moments you have experienced
while working for
I worked with an individual who had very low self-esteem and thought
that they weren't capable of doing anything for themself. We started
out with a small goal of having them bring down their laundry
and worked our way up from there. Once this goal was mastered
we moved onto another. I have seen such personal growth in this
individual and am so proud of her. She feels better about herself
and her abilities.
would you like the world to know about your work - positive &
Working as a DSP you need to be accepting of change. You are not
simply a care giver. You are a social worker, a friend, a teacher,
a nurse, and a "mom." Depending on how the day goes
you might have to be all of these during 1 shift. As a DSP you
are a role model and these individuals look to you for guidance
so every day you must do your best work. Working as a DSP can
be frustrating at times because our individuals easily want to
give up when working on something that is difficult. They need
a lot of encouragement, but when they reach their goal it's an
amazing feeling for you and them.
led you to work for Wayne Arc?
While in high school I had joined the Rain Man club and enjoyed
working with individuals with developmental disabilities. I wanted
to continue working with this population.