Maria L.|Columbus, OH
3 yrs exp
20 yrs old
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Hi! I am Maria, and I have a brother that has special needs, developmental delay and apraxia. Being an older sister, I have had, and continue to have, many opportunities to care for him. :) I have also served at Joni & Friends family retreat for the past 7 summers and have had the opportunity to work with a variety of children with special needs including autism, ADHD, ODD, spina bifida, OCD, Downs' syndrome, and anxiety. I have also worked closely with a mother of three children all over the autism spectrum. I'm not sure why, but I absolutely love working with folks who have special needs! The friendships I have built with families affected by special needs are some of the most precious to me! Maybe some of my passion is due to the fact that I have special needs of my own. My hands are congenitally different so I can understand in a very small way the life of someone with specials needs. Thankfully, however, my hands do not in any way affect my ability of take care of others.
Reviewed by Patty C. Sep 2019 5/5 stars