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Elizabeth H.|East Rochester, NY

<$10-15/hr 6 yrs exp 29 yrs old

Special Needs Caregiver

I am currently an Occupational Therapy student at Gannon University. I have worked with children for about 6 years at a YMCA summer camp in North Springfield PA. During that time I have had many experiences with a variety of age ranges from infants to teens. I have lots of experience with children and adults with special needs and have a basic understanding of American Sign Language due to a completed Level 1 class in the subject. During my time at camp I have also had many experiences with variety persons with disabilities. For the past two years I have been responsible for the setup and running of program activities for an average of 29 adults with disabilities and their staff. I am also responsible for the directing, teaching and the general supervising of staff in program. I am comfortable with most disabilities and programs: from Bowel Programs and Behavioral Programs to Cerebral Palsy and Down syndrome. I believe in the power of play; it doesn't matter if you are 80 or if you are 2, play is the greatest learning tool available. As a camp counselor and an OT student I have a lot of games and 'tools' so to say in my back pocket. It is my philosophy that if you can get a child or teen to engage you in a conversation of their interest quickly and then incorporate that interest in your dealings with the child you can quickly create that great working child-caregiver relationship. I also believe in always having a back-up plan when in a caregiver situation. The ability to keep a child entertained and learning is the most important aspect of a caregiver's job. If you would like to see a background check, CPR certification or need an example of an activity or game I might use with your child feel free to contact me.
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