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#1 of 7 Old 06-21-2008, 04:38 PM - Thread Starter
 
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How do you go about finding a sitter or nanny for your sn child? I have been searching for a month now and am having such a hard time. It's hard enough to find someone that doesn't mind our non-mainstream ways (cds, no regular crib, non-plastic toys), but then when I tell them that dd could possibly have a seizure, I feel like they just get frightened and want nothing to do with us. I really need to find someone so I can get some work done (I work pt from home), but with all our oddities, I feel like none of the ones I am interested in have any interest in us.

Any suggestions on where to look?
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I would go to a local college that trains people in the field of your child's special need. For example, I need a sitter who can affectively communication in sign language, so I went to our local community college and inquired of the interpreting program students.
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Vagabonder - I know how you feel! I have a DD with Asperger's, and we have been through quite a few nannies. The last two we had really had a hard time dealing with her, and this was before she was diagnosed. Her behavior was not so great at times, and the nannies did not know how to handle her.

I finally found a nanny who had worked with SN kids prior to our position, so she was totally fine with the idea. The way I found her was networking on the Nanny Network Bulletin Board: http://www.nannynetwork.com/Naniboar...get_daily.html

You can't post for jobs there, but you could go there and ask if anyone has suggestions about how to find a nanny for your child. There are nannies from all over the country on that board, and agency owners, too. I would think someone could point you in the right direction there. It's also a great board to learn about having a nanny as well.
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Are any of you in NYC? Because if so, I'll happily do it, I've worked with Down syndrome kids and obviously have lots of spectrum experience!
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When I was in college, we had an education and a special education program and we routinely got calls from parents looking for respite workers/nannies/therapists, etc. There was a job bulletin board outside the education office and I also got a job helping a 6 yo with social skills because his mom contacted my advisor and asked if she had anyone to recommend who would be interested. (and I lived only about 8 blocks from the family!)

So if I was in that position, I would to directly to the schools first. At my grad school, some of my teachers would also bring job opportunities directly to the classroom and read them there. So you might see if you could e-mail some of the professors with an ad and ask them to spread it around.

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Have you tried to find a local respite agency? When I was in college I was a respite provider for families and loved it. It gave me the experience I wanted ( and we had to do training before we could be a provider), and was free for the families.
You could also post on sittercity.com There is a place to describe your family, including any special needs your child may have, and what care you need. Providers who are comfortable caring for kids with special needs list that on their profiles, too. Where do you live?
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You could also post on sittercity.com There is a place to describe your family, including any special needs your child may have, and what care you need. Providers who are comfortable caring for kids with special needs list that on their profiles, too...
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