‘It’s nice to see the children taking steps’


What does your job entail?

Mirjam says: “by observing the child, we can see how far a child is in its development. With the help of games, we increase the child’s vocabulary, for example. We also use visual support to make something clear to them. One child understands the spoken language well, and the other child pronounces or does not pronounce words well”. Leonie adds: “When we talk to the children, we use a lot of gestures for support. Some children first use gestures to make something clear and only then use words. Sometimes we do home visits to strengthen parents in how to deal with their child’s language developmental disorder at home. By consulting and collaborating with a speech pathologist, auxiliary pedagogue, child support therapist and the parents, we can create a treatment plan where the child is at the center.”

Why did you choose this job?

Leonie says: “I’ve always wanted to work with children and when I started working with young children in childcare I really enjoyed it. Because I wanted to immerse myself more in child development, I took the Teacher Training course and after graduating I started working here”. “I also wanted to work in the care of children and after working in different places I ended up at Auris. The overall picture appealed to me enormously and it’s nice to see children taking steps in their development, it’s rewarding work. “

What education or skills do you need for this position?

Both Mirjam and Leonie have followed an HBO studio. Mirjam has done social work and Leonie has done pedagogy. In addition, they have both followed various courses within Auris to further specialize in treating children with TOS. “Of course, affinity with children and a sense of language are also very important to be able to do this job well,” they say.

What do you like about this job?

“Especially the versatility and the challenge really appeals to me. In addition, there is a lot of room to take personal responsibility for guiding the children as well as possible. I enjoy going to work every day,” says Mirjam. “I also enjoy going to work. It’s a fantastic team to work in, and creativity and room to grow are important to me,” says Leonie. The less fun stuff is part of it too. “Occasionally, it happens that a child is in an unpleasant situation at home, which grabs you, and sometimes you take them home,” says Mirjam.

What does your working day look like?

“We start getting the room ready at 08.30. Between 08.45 and 09.00 the children come together with (one of) the parents or by taxi if they live a little further away. We often have a short conversation with the parents. Then we start the circle activities with the children. We work together with the children on the overall treatment goals and with each child separately on their individual goals. The children eat here and at 15:00 they go home. During the day, we playfully work with the goals in the areas of language development, motor skills, play and social-emotional development using different methods,” Mirjam and Leonie explain. “In addition to my work in the toddler group, I also work as a study counselor at various primary schools to offer the children there the help they need,” adds Leonie.

What does your future look like in five years?

Mirjam says: “I don’t look too far ahead. Auris is still developing and I will see what comes my way. I’m sure I still want to work with children.” “I still work at Auris because so much is still possible and I really like the combination of educational practitioner and study guide,” concludes Leonie.

Leonie de Feyter
Place of residence:
24 years
Marital status:
Live together
educational practitioner,
study guide
be creative, take pictures,
Singing, dancing and acting in a theater association

Name: Miriam
van der Linden – The chef
Place of residence:
34 years
Marital status:
Max (7), Siem (5) and Lize (2)
Educational practitioner
Zumba, reading, writing

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