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.

 

Hiring the Perfect Nanny

When a family decides to hire someone to care for their child with special needs, they are making an important decision that could have lasting effects on the child and the family as a whole.  When a family engages PFC to assist in this process, we understand the monumental importance of this decision and do our very best to not only offer our support and guidance, but to provide each family with access to some of the best and the brightest special needs caregivers in the industry.  Through our collective experiences, we have learned some of the key aspects of hiring the perfect nanny. 

1.   Ask the Right Questions

Not only should a family ask general questions about the Candidate's past experiences, the family should also ask targeted questions about the family's current dynamics.  The goal of these behavior-specific interview questions is to ascertain how the Candidate will respond to the specific needs of the family.  During PFC's initial interview with the family, our team will help the family develop goals for the Candidate and create specific questions aimed at the family's needs. 

2.  Meet the Children!

Some families prefer to interview Candidates while the children are not around.  While we respect the family's decision, we advise against it.  It is vitally important for each Candidate to spend some quality time with each child and for the parents to observe the Candidate's interaction with the children.  Without having these moments, the parents are potentially setting the Candidate up for failure.  

3. Match the Specific Skills and Training 

Because families choose PFC to assist in their childcare needs, families will interview only candidates that have the specific skills and experiences that match the needs of the child.  If the child has autism, for example, PFC will send the family Candidates who have training in ABA therapy and other developmental modalities.  Even though all Candidates will be fully qualified, families are encouraged to inquire into the Candidates specific training to ensure their needs are met. 

Caring for a Child with Autism

Caring for a child with autism can be a difficult and taxing experience if you're not prepared.  That's why we recruit experience and skillful professionals to work as Specialized Nannies along side the parents of children with autism.  Our Nannies who specialized autism care often have experience in ABA therapy, floortime, and other neuro-developmental therapies.  It is our belief that the more prepared families are when caring for their autistic child, the better parenting experience and family life for everyone.  Here are some of our tips for caring for a child with autism.  

1.  Become an Expert

The best way parents can learn about their child's development is to study their "quirks" and triggers and figure out what causes stressful responses and positive responses.  Armed with this information, parents and caregivers will be better equipped to troubleshoot pending challenges. 

2. Create a Safety Zone 

Children with autism often need a place to feel safe in their home.  Visual ques are often important and parents may need to safety-proof their house in case the child engages in self-injuring behaviors. Use items to create boundaries in the home and to mark safe and unsafe areas. 

3. Make Time for Fun

Even though children with autism are often engaged in therapies and programs to address their challenges, parents still need to find ways to have fun.  After all, children with autism are still kids.  Think about activities that make the child smile, laugh, and come out of their shell.  Use these activities to create fun-time and a deeper experience with your child.   

4. Explore Different Treatments 

We also recommend parents talk to a variety of professionals when they are seeking therapies and programs for their child with autism.  Because our Specialized Nannies are often skilled in autism therapy, parents should feel comfortable talking about their choices with the Nanny. 

Our Selective Screening Process - What Do We Look For?

When we advertise a position for one of our clients, we contact roughly 10% of the candidates that send us applications.  We are very selective in our screening process and closely scrutinize the qualifications and skills of the professionals that seek to work as a Specialized Nanny through our agency. 

Skills that Stand Out

Depending on the need of our client, we look for the following qualifications when evaluating Candidates:

  1.  Advanced Degrees  - Probably the first qualification we examine is the candidates educational background.  We seek candidates with bachelors and masters degrees in applicable fields such as social work, psychology, child and family development, special education, general education, mental and behavioral disorders, and other relevant fields.  It is our belief that candidates with the appropriate educational background have gained the requisite knowledge to work directly with children who have special needs. 

2. Direct One-On-One Experience  We also look for candidates who have direct experience working one-on-one with children who have special needs.  For example, if the client has a child with autism, we will look for candidates that have worked directly with children who have autism or other similar developmental disorders.  

3. Specialized Training  - Many of our clients have children that require specialized training to care for them. This includes ABA training for children with autism, behavioral intervention training, NVCPI (non-violent crisis prevention intervention training), American Sign Language, and other general behavioral and therapeutic strategies

4. Life Experience  - It is also important to us (and our clients) that candidates have some life experience, whether in the form of studying abroad, travelling, mission work, or some other form of cultural training.  We seek candidates that are well-rounded individuals and have a centered sense of purpose and a passion for working with children who have special needs. 

5. Passion for Working With Children Who Have Special Needs  - Lastly, we seek candidates who have a passion for working with children who have special needs.  We see our mission, and the candidates role as a professional opportunity for individuals with a passion for this kind of work to make a difference in the life of a special child and their family.  Through this passion, we seek to develop long-lasting relationships with all of our candidates and clients. 

 

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!