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#1 of 6 Old 11-24-2013, 10:24 AM - Thread Starter
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Wondering if any families here have experience hiring and employing a full-time and live-in special needs specific Nanny. Our family is seeking to employ such help (Autism/SPD, in our case), but we are interested in hearing from others who have "been there and have done/are doing that". We seek someone who could also act as co-educator to our special needs child should we decide to homeschool.


Did you go through an agency? If so, which?

Did you place your own ad? If so, how detailed was said ad?

Other questions which I've not yet thought to ask...   (ha!)


Any input would be much appreciated. We know zero people who have experience in this matter and who can offer any truly helpful advice and direction. Guesses and suppositions are getting us nowhere...

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Welcome to Mothering! It looks like your post may have been missed, so I'm bumping it up for attention. :bump: Anyone have  recommendations or BTDT experiences to share?

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In my area, Craigslist would probably be the starting point. I would put quite a bit of info  in the ad, so folks responding would have a clear idea of your family's needs. Background checks would be in order, as well as really good references and experience. Sometimes Craigslist is great, other times not so much... I guess it is hit or miss.


I don't know about how agencies work, what they do, how much they charge. Maybe some one here has experience with that angle.


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if you live near a college, look for graduate students specializing in your child's biggest needs; be in speech/ OT/ PT, etc. I have found some good help that way.


The other thing that worked for a friend of mine is finding a sped teacher who has taken a leave to be with her own children, she wanted some hours but not many, and her child needs social skills partners, and she was willing to bring her kids along. You could ask for someone like this on craigslist.

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Before I graduated college and began working for an agency full-time, I had two wonderful jobs that I got through my school's bulletin board/teachers. One was on the job board outside the education office of my college, which had a special education program. The other was word-of-mouth from a speech therapist who worked at the school where I interned in high school.

I was a senior high schooler/college student in both cases, so I was mature and responsible but didn't cost too much. I was fun, eager to get experience, but also good with the kids.

So if you are looking for someone like that, I would definitely check out any local schools that have education programs and put the word out with your child's current teachers and specialists.

If you are seeking someone more experienced, you could post on or Craigslist.

I would be fairly detailed in your ad but then prepare a short screening test for those who reply via phone or e-mail to make sure you are getting someone who qualifies. I would ask them for info about their backgrounds, see if they have done their homework regarding any of your child's issues, and also prepare a few sample questions about situations to see how they respond. Those that do well, meet in person for an interview. If that feels right, then make a "working interview" where you have a play session with your child with them to see how they interact with your child.

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One more vote for checking with education programs to find someone. 


I got a nannying job just out of high school after being a cadet teacher in a special ed classroom (and graduating with a planned major of special ed). The woman running the career center at my high school referred me to a family from her church looking for summer help.

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