Welcome to the American Occupational Therapy Association's Checking the Pulse blog. Written by Stephanie Yamkovenko, AOTA's digital editor.
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Summer is just around the corner, and many parents are planning summer camps and day care for their children. Children with disabilities and special needs often need babysitters and caregivers that are, well, special.
The USA Today recently reported on finding babysitters for children with special needs. A couple in Colorado has a 5-year-old son with hydrocephalus who has frequent seizures, uses a wheelchair, has a stomach tube, and communicates with a head switch device.
His mother told USA Today about their son’s babysitter. “We had a sitter for 10 months who I had to train for a few weeks,” she says. “Things like how to transfer Brian into a wheelchair, or how to communicate with him. There are so many things you have to train somebody to do.”
When that sitter had a family emergency and could no longer babysit for the family, they turned to an agency that matches families with child care providers with training and experience to care for children with special needs.
The article outlines advice for parents with children with special needs including being clear about expectations, doing research, asking open-ended questions, and not settling. Share the article and tips with parents of your clients before summer starts.