Finding a Babysitter for a Special Needs Child

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Finding a Babysitter for a Special Needs Child

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Finding a trustworthy babysitter can be a difficult process although nowadays there are numerous websites that can provide lists of vetted professionals. However, these lists do not always contain babysitters who would be right for watching over special needs children. Special needs children need caregivers who can be firm yet loving, who can maintain routine and who can deal with unexpected problems. Ideally, these caregivers should also have some knowledge of the disability or the disease to help them understand what is going on in the child’s mind or body. Here is some help for parents who do not know where to begin in this quest.

Find Babysitters Best Suited to Your Child

Sometimes the best place to start is with family or close friends who know the child very well. These people will be used to the child’s quirks or specific needs and will already have a great rapport with the child. The child should feel very comfortable with these individuals. Parents should take care not to take unfair advantage of the individual they ask, and they may wish to offer some kind of compensation. However, most family members are perfectly happy to watch a special needs child just to spend some quality time with them.

However, some families do not know any family members who are willing or able to help out. Thankfully, many other willing individuals can be found in most communities especially in schools, colleges and other care facilities. These places often have individuals who are already familiar with disabilities and understand what is needed to care for these special needs individuals. Parents could try a local college with a special education program, special needs daycares, and even churches.

Many states offer those who have been diagnosed with disabilities specialized help. They will allow caregivers a certain number of covered hours for babysitting every month. Some agencies to check with for this program include the ARCH National Respite Network and the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities.

Some type of state help should be available to most parents of children with documented disabilities. For parents who are denied what they believe they rightfully deserve, an attorney at Newman Aaronson Vanaman can help. Our attorneys have years of experience in getting the freedoms and rights that these special education children deserve and in ensuring that their care is given in the least restrictive environments possible.

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