Hello and welcome to my blog! This is my first time attempting something like this so I hope to learn more as I go on but for now, let’s get right to it.
My name is Shyaam (or Shy for short). I’m a 22-year-old who moved to London earlier this year, after recently graduating with a degree in Psychology (joint honours, shout out Criminology).
In this space, I’ll be attempting to articulate a lot of the thoughts and discussions that go on inside my head. I’m also going to share my experiences in what an Assistant Psychologist gets up to on a day-to-day, and as part of a multidisciplinary team.
In my current settings, I meet a variety of remarkable children with complex learning needs such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I help deliver a range of sensory and speech interventions that occur regularly throughout the school day. These can include (but are not limited to) approaches such as Intensive Interaction, Lego Therapy, PECS and Colourful Semantics. Whilst working on a child’s social and communication skills, I’ll also focus on developing their attention and listening skills using approaches such as Attention Autism. These are some of my favourite interventions to run, so I’ll write more about those in another post.
When I’m not at work, I really enjoy exploring what London has to offer (currently living* in East), with places like Shoreditch, Camden and Brixton being some of my favourites at the moment, due to the vast amounts of mesmerising artwork and culture on the scene. I also enjoy reading, listening to podcasts, live music, visiting museums and socialising with friends.
My life has changed so much in the last year. It’s actually quite mad how different life is when you are at university and how life changes when you’re outside of it all. I’ve come from a small quiet area and now take part in the wonderful sport that is the London Underground or as I like to call it, “The Hunger Games”.
Graduating and moving to a new city to start a job can be an overwhelming experience as it feels like you’re quite literally thrown into the deep end of adulthood. University was like a rollercoaster; my mental health wasn’t a fan of rides. That being said, one of the biggest things I’ve had to help me through this transition is my circle of close family and friends. With them, I’ve been able to overcome a lot of fears and challenges and be thankful for the days that come ahead.
So this is the creative outlet I’m choosing to share my voice in the world. I hope you enjoy being on this journey with me.
Thank you for reading so far, and if you have any questions you can always shout me.
*rent in London is a madting!