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Posted by Michelle on October 29, 2000 at 13:30:59:

In Reply to: Joey's new job posted by Royalene on October 28, 2000 at 19:24:42:

: Joey starting working in a fast food resturant. Yes, He waited so long for this to happen. Since we got him ( after his mom passed away) this last Feb. He is 33 and had never worked before. Goodwill is helping him with coaching for 2 weeks. He just works 2 hours a day. WE hope this will work out for him. He is having a problem following orders. Being asked to clean trays, he says he will, but doesn't. His coach had to get after him several times. This is so typical at home also. Have any of you gone through this, how long did it take and hopefully successful.
Here's my two cents:
Maybe instead of getting after him, the coach does it with him and slowly fades out of the picture. This may take several months, but Joey may be communicating he wants companionship with his job instead of washing trays robotically. We all desire work relationships as it is a side benefit from going to work. Many times people with disabilities are ignored or people forget we desire the same acceptance and relationships everyone else does at work too. I believe if a job coach is assigned and does the work with him and helps faciliates positive work relationships where other workers desire to help Joey, it will be a successfull employment for Joey, the employer and the modeling to the customers and others will all win! Good luck!

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