New part-time position available in Wilmette, IL

Location: Wilmette, IL

Hours: 20-25 hours a week

Compensation: $15 - $20 per hour.  Taxes withheld by Nanny. 

Special Needs: The position is focused on working with two children, ages 6 and 3.  The 3 year old has global developmental delays. He is three years old chronologically but developmentally he ranges from 1 year to 3 years. He cannot feed himself or dress himself. He also is not potty trained. In addition, his communicative language is not yet developed. He is capable of a moderate amount of words (40 words) and phrases but would be unable to say for example, “I am thirsty I would like milk.” Instead he says, “I some milk.” He is unable to do this with food at this point. Most of his language is mimicking what the family says.  When he gets frustrated, he does scream and will stiffen his body, however, he is not aggressive.  He also can be distracted easily which helps in calming him down. He does know and utilize some sign language. The family is in the process of learning ASL to help him further, so experience with ASL would be helpful. 

Family Details:  Very loving and laid back family.  The father works long hours and the mother works from home.  The family enjoys the outdoors and spending time together.  

Candidate Requirements:  The Candidate should have an educational background in a child-focused discipline such as psychology, child and family development, social work, or special education.  The Candidate must have direct experience working with children who have special needs in either a childcare capacity, or in a professional setting.  Work with children who have global developmental delays is preferred.  Other experience working children who have autism, or a similar challenge is helpful.  The Candidate must be a native English speaker since language development is a challenge. 

Interested?  Interested Candidates should submit their Candidate Application through the website: www.professionalfamilyconsultants.com.  Qualified Candidates will be contacted immediately for interviews.  Please call with any questions. 

How to Choose a Nanny for Your Child With Special Needs

Having a nanny provide one-on-one care for your child with special needs can be a true blessing to your family. She can deliver hands on childcare, offer household support, be an important connection between home and school, and contribute to the team of professionals devoted to helping your child. But how do you find the right candidate? How do you know if a person will be successful in your position? Here are a few questions to ask when considering different candidates.

Does she have a connection to your child? There are many things that make a great special needs nanny. Nothing is more important than a positive connection between your child and nanny. Sometimes this happens right away. Sometimes it takes a while for the connection to develop. So how do you know during the interview stage if that connection is there? It is hard to tell because your child and your potential nanny don’t have a lot of time to spend together. But even from the beginning, you often see a spark. Plus, a big factor is the nanny’s willingness to do whatever she needs to do in order to make that connection. Ask her about the other children with special needs that she’s worked with and how she connected with them. Talk with her about your child’s personality and get her ideas on how she could work best with him. If the nanny has a true love of kids, is comfortable with special needs and is willing to work to build a relationship with your child, chances are she’ll be able to build a great connection with him.

Does she have relevant training? All nannies should have some training, including CPR/first aid certification and an understanding of basic child development knowledge. For nannies wanting to care for children with special needs, the nanny should have additional training to help her understand and effectively work with your child. This may include additional medical training, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) training or a variety of other specialized training. This training will help the nanny understand the unique challenges your child is facing and give her the skills she needs to help him. If you are interviewing a great nanny that doesn’t have the training she needs, consider enrolling her in helpful courses. It will help both the nanny and your child.

Does she have the right kind of personality to work with kids with special needs? All nannies need to have a positive attitude, a true love of children, flexibility, patience and a problem solving outlook. Nannies who work with special needs children have to have all those traits in spades. They also need to be undaunted by failure, be able to think outside the box for new solutions or approaches, and have a willingness to learn and adapt. Not all nannies are well suited for these positions. Talk with each candidate about how she’ll tackle the challenges that come with the job

Is the nanny a team player? When you have a child with special needs, your nanny will need to work closely with you, the school and other professionals that help your child. Being a team player is a requirement. Hire someone that understands the need to openly communicate with everyone else on the team, who is open to learning new ways of doing things, who can make recommendations based on her experiences with your child, and who can effectively work side by side with you and other professionals. Talk with her about these issues during the interview and also cover this issue when talking with her references.

Can she be a support person for you? Working as a nanny involves hands on childcare, but it also includes household tasks that support the parents. These can consist of laundry, meals, grocery shopping, errands, household organization and keeping the schedule up to date. You may need extra support in some nontraditional ways. Before you begin your nanny search, create a list of the ways she can support you and incorporate those things into your job description. Candidates may not be willing to take them all on, but it’s always worth talking about your needs. The right candidate will be willing to pitch in and help you manage the extra work that often comes with parenting a child with special needs. It’s also important that your nanny supports you emotionally. She shouldn’t be your only support person, but it’s important that she understands your challenges and is willing to support you in your parenting choices.

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Great new position working with an eight year-old autistic child in Atlanta, Georgia

Position: Professional Family Consultants, LLC is currently accepting applications for a Full-time Live-In Specialized Nanny skilled in working with autistic children. The position is with a wonderful high-profile African-American family in Atlanta, Georgia. The mother and father work full-time between Atlanta and Los Angeles. There are two children, ages eight (8) and seven (7). Both children attend private school in southwest Atlanta. The family travels nationally and internationally for work and the Nanny would be expected to travel with them to help care for the children.

Hours: Live-In position; 40 + hours a week

Schedule: The schedule varies depending on the mother's work schedule. During busy seasons, the Nanny's two off days will vary. During non-busy seasons, the Nanny's schedule will be M-F. Flexibility is key and the Nanny must be a self-starter who is able to anticipate the family's needs.

Pay: Commensurate with experience. The Nanny will receive a weekly salary of $650 a week plus room and board in a private suite in the home. The Nanny will also be provided a vehicle to use during working hours. 

Special
Needs:
The eight year-old boy has a speech-delay, apraxia and complex partial seizure disorder and Sensory Integration disorder. He's well behaved, fun loving and needs very little redirection from the Nanny. He responds well to ABA therapy and the mother tries to maintain an ABA approach to parenting and caregiving. The boy shy and needs help interacting appropriately with peers. He's in special education classes and has seizures at night, which would need to be monitored by the Nanny. He needs help with life skills like getting dressed, hygiene and brushing teeth as well as help with homework in the evenings. The seven year-old girl is typically developing but has signs of ADHD and needs some redirection. 

Nanny
Qualifications:
Candidate must have a background in ABA therapy and/or speech therapy and experience working directly with children on the autism spectrum. Candidate should also have experience providing positive reinforcement and knowledge of reward-based systems. Candidate should be knowledgeable of conflict resolution techniques and have the ability to mediate behavior issues. A Certified Nursing Assistant or medical background in seizure attendance is also a plus (but not required). The ideal Nanny is someone who is well-qualified and knowledgeable of autism and the various coping strategies and techniques for engaging children with special needs. The Nanny would also be expected to cook various meals and assist with keeping the house tidy as it relates to the care of the children. The Candidate should have a degree in special education, social work, psychology, or a similar field and have direct experience working with children who have special needs. 

Interested? Interested Candidates should fill out the Candidate Application through the website (www.professionalfamilyconsultants.com) and submit your resume through that portal. Qualified Candidates will be contacted immediately. The position starts ASAP.

 

Frequently Asked Questions - PFC

1. How much do Specialized Nannies charge? 

Depending on their experience, Specialized Nannies we work with charge anywhere between $450 - $800 a week for full-time (40 + hours a week).  PFC assists in negotiating the rates between families and nannies.  

2. How does PFC recruit Specialized Nannies? 

Many of our Candidates find us online themselves and apply on their own.  We also utilize professional recruiting efforts and work within our special needs network throughout the country.  Most of our Candidates have been special education (or regular education) teachers, therapists, social workers, speech pathologists, and mental health clinicians.  We have a vast database of Candidates currently available throughout the country with a variety of skill sets.  When families apply, we search our database first to see if there is a suitable match based on our knowledge of special needs and the family's requirements.  If a Candidate is not readily available, we utilize professional recruiting efforts to source qualified Candidates.  We contact roughly 10% of the Candidates that apply for positions through our company.  We are highly selective and only contact those Candidates that have meet specific requirements. 

3. What is the matching process like? 

We employ a holistic matching process that takes into consideration the dynamics of the entire family.  We focus on deeply understanding the family's needs and the child's special needs.  We seek to understand the family's goals for the placement and the development of their child.  After a full family evaluation, we begin evaluating current and potential Candidates for the position. Each Candidate is extensively vetted and personally interviewed to ensure a perfect match.  We look for similar personality traits, strengths and weaknesses, and specific skills and education that meet the needs of the child.

After the Candidates are fully vetted, we contact the families and coordinate interviews. All the family has to do is provide their availability and we ensure the Candidates are ready and able to interview at the selected times.  

4.  What happens after I hire someone?

After the family selects their Specialized Nanny, PFC takes care of the offer letter, background checks, reference and employment checks, and other pre-employment activities.  The family is provided with a packet of information detailing the Candidates background.  The offer letter is sent to the Candidate on the family's behalf and is contingent on a successful background check.  PFC also provides an employment agreement and performance evaluations for the family to use. 

After the Specialized Nanny begins employment, PFC remains involves with the family and the Nanny.  PFC keeps the Nanny abreast of training opportunities in their area and ensures that both the family and the Nanny is satisfied with the arrangement. 

 

Awesome Specialized Nanny Position Available in Hong Kong

PFC currently has a fantastic opportunity available for the right person.  We are working with a loving family in Hong Kong who is looking for a full-time Specialized Nanny to work with their 4 year-old who suffered a traumatic brain injury nearly two years ago.  The details of the position are below.  Please get in touch with us if you are interested in learning more about the position!

 

Position:           Full-time Specialized Nanny

Location:           Hong Kong

Hours:               40+ Hours per week (schedule varies according to therapy schedule)

Salary:              $3,500 - $4,500 per month + full room and board (no taxes).

Benefits:         Full room and board, insurance coverage, relocation costs, living expense

Family Details:       This is an exciting opportunity to work for a loving family in Hong Kong.  They are seeking a full-time Specialized Nanny to work with their 4-year-old son who is now non-verbal after suffering a traumatic brain injury nearly two years ago.   The family has hired a full-time therapist from the U.S. to also work with the child in therapeutic intervention and is now seeking a Specialized Nanny to work alongside the therapist. 

The mother is originally from Sydney, Australia but has lived in Hong Kong since she was a child. The father is Dutch and runs an    international business.  The family also has homes in Thailand and   Switzerland, so the Nanny would be required to travel around the world with the family as needed. The Nanny would share an apartment with the therapist near the family’s home. 

The family considers themselves formal and well-organized.  They have two house maids who cook and clean, as well as a driver.  They eat formally prepared meals each day and expect their employees to perform their jobs well.

Children:       There are three children in the home: an 8-year-old boy, a 7-year-old girl, and a 4-year-old boy.  The older two children attend school; they mind well and are easy to manage.  The 4-year-old will be the primary focus of this position.

Special Needs:       The 4-year-old boy has a traumatic brain injury which has significantly delayed his development.  He is currently working with a therapist from the U.S. who is trained in neurodevelopmental disorders.  The child is nonverbal and struggles to communicate.  He exhibits challenging behaviors, has trouble transitioning between tasks, and has meltdowns occasionally.  The child also has trouble potty-training due to his brain injury.

Nanny Qualifications.:      The Nanny must be skilled in behavior management and intervention strategies.  The Nanny should be able to develop behavior modification plans and address the child’s negative behavior while increasing positive behavior.  The Nanny should also be comfortable implementing potty training techniques.

Experience and education in the field of special needs is essential.  Ideally, the Nanny will have experience working with children with behavioral challenges, and/or neurological deficits and have education in a related field, such as special education, child and family development, speech and language pathology, social work, occupational therapy, or psychology.

The Nanny will act as a team with the therapist, who provides therapy for the child 6 hours a day.  During the times the child is receiving therapy, the Nanny will have personal time.  The Nanny and the therapist will collaborate to ensure a consistent level of care for the child.

If a suitable candidate is secured prior to July 6, the family may want the Nanny to attend a training session in Roswell, Georgia at a Neurodevelopmental Therapy Center.

Interested Candidates:  Interested candidates should send their  resume to trobinson@professionalfamilyconsultants.com and submit a Candidate Application through our website at    www.professionalfamilyconsultants.com.  Selected candidates will be interviewed either in person or via Skype.  Successful Candidates will then be interviewed by the family via Skype.  PFC will make all the      arrangements for the interviews.

If selected for the position, PFC will assist with candidate with the transition to Hong Kong.  If you have any questions, please give us a call at 404-788-1391.

 

Children With ADHD: Tips and Strategies

Caring for a child with ADHD means the Caregiver has to understand the challenges the child faces.  Children with ADHD struggle with executive functioning, which means they struggle with the ability to think and plan ahead, and to control their impulses.  They also are usually less organized and have trouble completing tasks.  As the Caregiver or parent for a child with ADHD, this means you must provide extra guidance for your child and essentially overcompensate for the lack of executive functioning by assisting with extra planning, providing structure, and a way to redirect impulsive choices.

Often times children with ADHD seem like they are just plain ignoring their parents' instruction when actually they haven't "heard" them.  It's important to remember that children with ADHD are very easily distracted.  Thus patients is vital when interacting with a child who has ADHD.  

The most important a Caregiver can do for their child with ADHD is to stay positive and healthy themselves and to keep things in perspective.  Try not to take things personally.  Not only are actions by a child with ADHD usually not intentional, because of their challenges, the children often have no other choice. 

Structure and consistency are of vital importance when caring for a child with ADHD.  Use rewards and consequences the children can understand and ensure the discipline is fair and consistent.  Many children with ADHD like to push boundaries and need to know exactly where they stand with their Caregiver.  If these boundaries and rules are not established, the child with respond negatively.  Don't forget to use positive reinforcement and praise when warranted.     

Caregivers should also schedule regular activities for the child with ADHD.  Encourage healthy play time where the child can use up all his or her energy appropriately.  Because children with ADHD may be susceptible to lower self-esteem, be sure to find an activity that suits their skill set.   

Finally, when winding down the night, we encourage all families to decrease, if not eliminate all electronic activity.  These just act as stimulus for the child and interrupt their sleep cycle. Along with their sleep schedule, we highly recommend Caregivers monitor the food intake of children with ADHD very closely. Get rid of fatty, sugary and junk food.  Offer fruits and veggies daily and you will see a big difference!  

 

Welcome to our new website and blog!

We have finally gotten around to setting up a new website.  The impetus for creating another website was not only the increased functionality, but also to incorporate this blog as a resource for our clients and caregivers.  We hope to offer an array of blog topics relating to caring for children special needs.  This blog will also focus on tangential topics such as parenting, special needs schools and classes, IEP's, medication management, behavior management, and other relevant issues for families.  We will also feature guest bloggers who are experts in their field as it relates to families and children who have children with special needs.  

Please let us know if you have any comments or questions.  And if you have any special topics you are interested in, by all means, get in touch with us and we will get the information you are looking for!