|Castro Valley, CA
3 yrs exp
29 yrs old
Experienced Special Needs Caregiver
I have helped care for two children, ages 9 and 11, girl and boy, with Angelman Syndrome (a rare genetic disorder) for about three years now. Among the traits of AS are cognitive and developmental delays, lack of speech (non-verbal), and seizure disorder. One of the children has behavioral problems as well, and the other child has a G-tube and mobility issues. Both children are incontinent. I have handled all aspects of their care including; diaper changing and attempted toilet training, bathing and cleanliness, eating and drinking, administering medication (including via G-tube), helping ambulate, preparing meals, and training respite working to care for these children. I have cared for these children at home and in the community. I am passionate about helping special needs children because they hold a special place in my heart with the way they are able to overcome obstacles, whether they be physically, emotionally, or mentally.
I love helping these children grow and learn new things, along with encouraging them to become more independent so they can live a long, healthy life. I have also come to appreciate a parent's need for reliable and capable caregivers.