To care for a special needs child requires much more than that of typical children. There are many things to consider when a family hires a nanny to care for a disabled child, and finding the right provider is crucial in the continued development of the special needs child. Specific trainings and certifications may be necessary depending on the type of disability involved.
Before hiring, families need to take into account of the specific needs of the child and how intensive and hands on the care is to be. Disabled children, in fact, all children, have different needs and developmental schemes. However, special needs children vary, and the type of care involved can be more intensive than others.
Families must always hire a nanny that is registered and carries a CPR certification, one that might need to be updated to include the specific needs of the child. These are invaluable documentations, and any nanny who does not have both of these credentials should be passed over immediately. There is no need to bring someone into the home that would know nothing about what to do or how to handle a medical emergency.
It is essential that the nanny have a solid understanding of the condition. This does not necessarily mean they need to be an expert in the field, they need only have working knowledge of the specific deficiencies of the child. They need to understand how to constantly be aware of needs and conditions that may need to be attended to in a moments notice.
Oftentimes, there are itineraries full of physician appointments to fill, and the nanny may be required transport these children to and from these visits. This means that they should have a vehicle, or access to a vehicle that fits all the safety standard required to transport a child with a disability. A clean and solid driving record is a must, as safety during transportation is an issue not to be ignored.
Children with special needs often require a special diet. When the nanny has working knowledge of the types of food that a specific child can and cannot have. This can be a matter of life or death in some children, so a nanny must have the information on potential food allergies and intolerance’s that can happen if the child is exposed to these food. Cooking and preparation can be a large part of the job, and possibly, depending on the disability, one of the most important aspects.
Considering the activities or therapies that are applied to the child on a daily basis and making sure that the nanny can accomplish these tasks efficiently. Special needs therapists will often equip the parents with the knowledge of certain regimens. It is important that these skills and information are passed on to the child care provider to ensure proper treatment and application of enhancement activities.
The way a specific child relates to a nanny can make a difference. Having a nanny who is timid and unsure of the child, will make it difficult for the provider, family, and most importantly, the child. Watching the interaction between the nanny and the child, as well as qualification, can say volumes about how this partnership can and will work out.