Full-time Special Needs Nanny Needed for Autistic Child

Hours: Full-time 40+ per week (Live-In or Live Out) The schedule would be 7am to 9:30am and 1:30pm to 7pm Mon through Thursday. Friday 1:30 to 5pm and some weekend hours. Typically around 40 hours per week during full school weeks but the family also need coverage for school holidays and for the summer. The kids attend some camps during the summer but not every week.

Compensation: Negotiable, depending on living arrangement

Location: Dunwoody, Georgia

Special Needs: The family has two children, a 13 year old and an 11 year old. The 11 year old is non-verbal autistic with some hearing impairment. The 11 year old is a sweet boy but has no verbal communication skills and limited receptive skills. He is also big - about 150 pounds. He is not aggressive. The family needs someone to care for the child and take him to school and pick up both kids from school.  

Qualifications: The Candidate must be experienced in working with children who have special needs, specifically autism. A degree in a child-focused discipline is preferred. The Candidate should be able to reinforce the child's school goals at home and be comfortable preparing dinners nightly as the children eat early as well as helping to straighten around the house as needed. Experience with ABA therapy or ASL is also preferred. 

Next Steps: Interested Candidates should complete the Candidate Application through the website: http://professionalfamilyconsultants.com/candidate-application/. Qualified Candidates will be contacted immediately for further consideration. Any questions, please call 404.954.6969.

    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. 

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