The Challenge: Finding Childcare in Families with Special Needs

. December 2, 2014.

According to the US Census Bureau Report, one out of every nine children under the age of 18 is receiving special education services. This means  many families in our area have a special needs child. Whether your child has Down syndrome, autism, Asperger syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, or another extra care requirement, you and your family may spend a significant amount of time and energy finding ways to help your child.

The Toledo area has many opportunities for families that have children with special needs. With a little research, you can find support groups, therapy, and financial-support options, such as grants. Don’t be afraid to ask teachers, social workers, and other parents for resources and recommendations. Having a support system is important, and asking for help can make a drastic difference in the options available to you. 

One task that many families find difficult is finding quality care for their special needs child.  One family solved this problem by inviting an au pair into their home, an individual to share the concerns of childcare with them. They shared their story with us. 
Their au pair, Mariela Poveda, was originally from Ecuador. While in the U.S., she worked with a single mother, providing care for her 10-month-old daughter, Serena. During Mariela's time with her host family, Serena was diagnosed as profoundly deaf. "Rather than being daunted by the experience, [Serena] became excited about this new opportunity to learn another language and culture," wrote Serena’s mother. Mariela's dedication to Serena was apparent; one of the first signs that Serena learned was Mariela's name. This is just one example, but families in our area and all around the world have seen the benefits of welcoming an au pair. 

If you’ve recently learned that your child has special needs, you likely feel scared and full of anxiety—but you are not alone. Go Au Pair Child Care provides effective solutions for many parents, giving them the support they need for their child.