“You’re teaching these youths how to function as a person throughout the day to build up their quality of life. It’s extremely important. You want people to succeed.”
James Griffin is currently a behaviour therapist and previously a child and youth worker in Toronto, Canada. He has worked with kids of all ages with various conditions, but his primary focus lies in helping children and youth with autism and developmental challenges by teaching them the skills they need to succeed in life.
It was gig at a summer camp that sparked James’ interest in becoming a child and youth worker. James says it made him realize that to have impact on society really comes from creating impact on an individual level.
In this episode, James talks about:
What it means to have an impact in your career
What it’s like working with kids with autism and other developmental challenges
How to understand and talk to children
How to build a good relationship with children
The proper way to respond to behaviour issues in children
Dealing with burn out in his field
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