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.