I loved working with young children and seeing their excitement as they reached their goals. For example, a young client and I worked for months toward his ability to button up his shirt. We began with a toy that included a large button and a larger buttonhole. Once we had practiced with the toy, we moved on to a shirt from his own closet. Step by step, we practiced pinching the button, finding the buttonhole, pushing the button, and pulling the button through the other side. One day, the client fastened a button on his shirt completely independently and his face lit up. My face lit up as well, we cheered, and excitedly celebrated with play time. Seeing progress like that after working with a client long-term is incredibly rewarding.
Admittedly, I disliked handling more aggressive outbursts when a client was struggling with a lesson or simply wanted to stop the session altogether to play. While the outbursts vary by client, they could include the child hitting, biting, kicking, throwing items, or screaming. We receive training about how to respond to these actions, but it was always difficult for me.