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Over 15% of children in the United States have special needs. When we think of special needs children, immediately we associate with diagnoses such as Autism, Down Syndrome, and Muscular Dystrophy. At 4sitters babysitting service we are finding that many parents are seeking a caregiver with special care experience also for more common conditions such as ADHD, Asthma, and Type 1 Diabetes. Families are seeking caregivers that have experience focusing children on homework, knowing how an inhaler works, and the ability to prepare nutritional meals. 4sitters babysitting service is focused on assisting parents find special care for special children.

Down syndrome

The Mayo Clinic states “Down syndrome is a genetic disorder caused when abnormal cell division results in extra genetic material from chromosome 21.” Over 1% of all children in the United States have Down Syndrome. The frequency of Down syndrome is increasing in the United States partially due to parents having children later in life. Children with Down syndrome have developmental, medical, and intellectual problems of varying degrees. Finding an experience special needs caregiver for a child with Down Syndrome is important.

Finding a babysitter for a child with Down syndrome

Autism

Over 8% of all children in the United States have an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism is a serious neurodevelopmental disorder causing an impairment to a child's social interaction and communications. A child with Autism typically has repetitive actions, behaviors, and interests. While the cause of Autism is unknown, much research has focused on genetic and environmental factors. When looking for a babysitter, choose someone who has past experience working with special needs and preferably autistic individuals.

How to choose a caregiver for your Autistic child

ADHD

Over 3 million children in the United States ages 0-17 have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The National Institutes of Health states ADHD "symptoms include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity. These symptoms can make it difficult for a child with ADHD to succeed in school, get along with other children or adults, or finish tasks at home." Parents when looking for a babysitter for your child with ADHD there are a few things to keep in mind. You will want a babysitter who is patient, and loving. One who has had training or experience in working with special needs children would be ideal.

Advice for Parents Seeking an ADHD Caregiver

Type 1 Diabetes

Children are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, which is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy. Finding a babysitter or nanny can be quite a bit more complicated and challenging when you are caring for a child with Type 1 Diabetes. It is vital to the child’s life and health that childcare providers understand, have experience, or are trained to understand the special needs that come with Type 1 Diabetes.

Finding a caregiver for a child with Type 1 Diabetes