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This posting/podcast is targeted at people working within the field of special education, whether as a public education employee, a lay advocate, or an attorney representing anyone involved in special education. Burn-out happens in every profession, so to the extent that we all know what it is in general, I’m not going to spend time discussing what is already commonly known about burn-out.
What is unique to burn-out in special education are the kinds of things that contribute to it. Unlike some professions, in special education it’s not usually monotony that does people in. Too many things change day-to-day for the job to become monotonous.