I think it is important. But it is not a need. Some parents require it ans some don't, so you will have more options if you have a certification. The most required certification is probably CPR and or First Aid.
Personally doing all that and being expected of so much, I would ask for more than $20.
For a 5 month old, it's hard. But even just taking them to park or for a walk, letting them see nature and open their mind and grow mentally. The simple things is what matters the most. A question I have gotten asked the most is what I like... more
I think that over time is good and bad in certain situations. If it is needed then it is okay to ask. If not then you should not be required to be paid.
I feel there is an effective way, you just have to find the way. Every child is different. I do no believe yelling or a raising of voice is efficient. You just have to find the way of the child. A way I found found works best is, getting down... more
Other care providers I believe are charging around $16-$20 an hour for special needs children. Yes, I do believe that you are allowed to say that you have 6 years experience.