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253 special needs caregivers are listed in Portland, OR

The average rate is $19/hr as of March 2024

The average experience for nearby special needs caregivers is 6 years

Special needs caregivers in Portland, OR

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Elisa M.


Portland, OR

$30/hr10 yrs exp

Part-Time Companion Care Type Services To Seniors And Adults With Special Needs.

5.0

(1)

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I worked as a Medical Social Worker for years with children and families with special needs, and prior to that as a Mental Health Therapist with both youth and adults. Sudden hearing loss several years ago interrupted my ability to work in my profession, but I'm still a social worker at heart and have maintained my LCSW license...

Recent review:

5.0
Elisa is a compassionate and knowledgeable caregiver who has made extra effort to connect emotionally with our loved-one needing support. She has been a big help to our family and we feel lucky to have found...

Reviewed by Tina C.

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Lori T.


Portland, OR

$17-25/hr

Career Nanny

5.0

(1)

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Hi, my name is Lori, I have been working with children my whole work- life. I was a preschool teacher for over 10 years. I enjoyed coming up with fun learning crafts and helping them with their learning, potty training, dressing. Becoming a mom myself I wanted a flexible schedule. I opened my nanny/babysitting service. I used...

Recent review:

5.0
Amazing personality, really cares about my son. He struggles with the transition of my leaving she does a great job always coming up with new ideas to distract and engage him. Gets his fave foods, etc. Works...

Reviewed by Alisha L.

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Olinda R.


Portland, OR

$30-35/hr10 yrs exp

Worked As An Assistant

5.0

(2)

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Worked for TIRR - Texas Institute for Rehabilitation and Research with brain injury, quadriplegic and stroke patients. Did research for the University of Texas Health and Science Center in the Pediatric area for 8 years. Was a CPS Investigator for 12 years and also worked for Adult Protective Services DADS. Up to date with my...

Recent review:

5.0
She thought of fun things to do with my special needs brother in the community and was a good communicator. Plus she really does have a dependable car for transportation which reduces unexpected surprises.

Reviewed by Sabine P.

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Lauren A.


Portland, OR

$40/hr8 yrs exp

Compassionate, Kind And Experienced Care-Giver

5.0

(2)

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Hello, my name is Lauren and I am a CNA & professional care-giver with over 8 years experience working with individuals with a variety of care needs, from infant to elderly. I have worked as a Nanny for a family with 3 young children, as a care-giver/support-worker for 27 clients through an assisted living agency in London, as...

Recent review:

5.0
Lauren was a wonderful sitter. She is calm and easy going and gets along great with all ages of kids. My kids loved playing games with her and hanging out just talking. She is very responsible and dependable...

Reviewed by Zoe P.

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Brianna B.


Portland, OR

$20-25/hr8 yrs exp

Licensed SPED Teacher With A Love For Puzzles!

5.0

(1)

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I am a licensed SPED teacher with a PK-12 endorsement. I really enjoy working with "tricky" children who may need a little extra support with behavior. I tend to focus on social and emotional growth as key part of my job and helping children navigate their world and self awareness. I firmly believer in using positive behavior...
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Justine Y.


Portland, OR

$20-25/hr1 yrs exp

High School SPED And ECE Experience

5.0

(1)

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hello! I have experience in preschool-12 education, and high school SPED assistance. being on the spectrum, I value caring for and providing support to youth who are like me! you can count on me to provide compassionate care and emphasis on self expression without limiting your loved one's behavior to any rules (masking). please...
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Gabrielle E.


Portland, OR

$10-15/hr1 yrs exp

5.0

(1)

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I have experience with persons with medical disabilities. Growing up I helped my mother with her tube feedings, pills, oxygen tanks, and shots. I also worked at a home for older folks and helped with their care. I volunteered while I was in school with special needs classes and I had a chance to interact with a variety of...
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Heather M.


Portland, OR

$15-20/hr10 yrs exp

Experience with Emotional and Behavioral Challenges

5.0

(1)

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I have personal and professional experience working with children who have mild to severe behaior and emotional challenges. I am trained and experienced in diffusing negative behavior and redirecting children to make good choices. I have a good knowledge base on ADHD, ADD, Sensory Integration Disorder, Autism, Aspergers,...

Recent review:

5.0
Heather is truly an amazing caretaker. She is dependable, sensible, compassionate, kind, intelligent, honest, loyal, and giving. She is easy to communicate with. She has amazingly good judgment. She has...

Reviewed by Gail W.

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Beverly B.


Portland, OR

$40-50/hr10 yrs exp

Available, Experienced, SPED Educator

3.7

(3)

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Hello! I am an experienced SPED educator and engaging caregiver! I specialize in the care and education of students with ADHD, autism, or other sensory or learning challenges. I have always had an innate ability to connect with children by meeting them where they are at while I work with them. I utilize dance, art, music,...

Recent review:

5.0
Annie was amazing with my 2 month old. She was able to come by early in the morning and watch him while my husband and I went to a gym class. She was very punctual and we will definitely be hiring her again!

Reviewed by Robin F.

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Alexis C.


Portland, OR

$21-25/hr5 yrs exp

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5.0

(1)

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My early experience in childcare prepared and enabled me to work not only with the child but their family and medical team in a way that sparked my love for helping all types of families. I have also worked very closely with adults and the elderly with the same or similar conditions and medical needs in order to better provide...

Recent review:

5.0
We were fortunate to have Alex watch our 13 month old child who takes a while to warm up to people and has a fit when we leave the room. Alex handled it like a pro and in no time our little one was laughing...

Reviewed by Eileen O.

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Leah G.


Portland, OR

$19-24/hr7 yrs exp

Looking For LAUGHS

5.0

(1)

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My brother has been a medical mystery since days after he was born. Prone to seizures & a low white blood cell count, it was a lot for 13-year-old me to process. Later on he was diagnosed with ASD. I was the primary caregiver for him my entire teen life. My mom was a single mother who worked full time. I grew up in a small town,...

Recent review:

5.0
We were so glad to have Leah's help with our daughter! She did a great job of establishing a rapport with our daughter and our daughter had a great time with her :) Leah did a great job of considering our...

Reviewed by Jeffrey H.

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Claire S.


Portland, OR

$20-30/hr3 yrs exp

5.0

(2)

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Hi there! I have a BA in Psychology and I believe my education has really helped me understand several physical and mental disabilities really well. I am also a naturally empathetic, compassionate, and patient person. I am vaccinated and boosted against Covid-19. I have family members with autism, mental illness, diabetes, and...
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Robin H.


Portland, OR

$20-25/hr6 yrs exp

Care Taker / Nanny / Behavioural Tech

5.0

(1)

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Working with special needs children has been a passion of mine since high school. Having a sister on the spectrum lead to to explore the field and find myself working as a lead behavioural tech in a clinical setting. I provided parent support and ran programs with the children in order to help them gain independence in areas...

Recent review:

5.0
Robin worked for us caring for our 2 children. Our little boy who have PDD (2) and daughter (4). She was compassionate, fun, and reliable.

Reviewed by Terri P.

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Christina V.


Portland, OR

$35/hr10 yrs exp

Skilled Private Caregiver

5.0

(1)

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Experience in caring for patients with different ailments. Very dependable and can provide a resume with references.

Recent review:

5.0
Christina cared for my elderly mom with dementia for an extended period of time. She is professional, smart, caring and capable. She understood my mom’s needs, as well as my needs as I was living with my mom,...

Reviewed by Care member

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Bernadette S.


Portland, OR

$25-41/hr1 yrs exp

Let's Meet!

5.0

(1)

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Hello! I have a sister w Down's Syndrome and autism, a brother with schizophrenia, and have many other people in my life who are neurodivergent that I love. I have a caretaker-type personality, and I like to think of myself as compassionate, kind, and helpful. I can also be a lot of fun, especially once I acclimate to new...

Recent review:

5.0
Bernadette is the best! I’m a disabled senior that needs transport to doctors’ appointments. She helps me get into and out of the car, and at their offices. She also helps me organize things in my home.

Reviewed by Care member

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Callie P.


Portland, OR

$30/hr10 yrs exp

Experienced Nanny Available

5.0

(14)

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***Available for date night/occasional sitting only; currently working full time ***Rate: $30/hr I have over 10 years of childcare experience in both in-home and daycare settings. In these environments, I have had experience with children from newborn to school-age and everything in between; my experience also includes special...

Recent reviews:

5.0
Our son turned two in January, and Callie has been with us in a full-time capacity for over a year now. We can't recommend Callie enough. Not only is she warm, kind, reliable, thoughtful, and professional, but...

Reviewed by Rebecca K.

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Stephanie K.


Portland, OR

$27-32/hr10 yrs exp

Perfect Nanny!

4.3

(6)

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Worked many years in social services: I have experience working with children and adults who have disabilities or special needs. I am able to play games, can assist w/meals & homework, transportation & outings. Home w/animals is OK. * Pfizer COVID Vaccinated & boostered. Oregon PSW

Recent reviews:

5.0
Punctual, gentle and accommodative.

Reviewed by Care member

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Vlasis V.


Portland, OR

$30/hr8 yrs exp

Creative & Consistent Helper

5.0

(2)

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I've had the privilege of working as a "manny" for three years. I highly value the role of positive male figures in the healthy development of youth and take great pride in my work. My approach is a balance of "fun, firm and fair." I've also served as an ABA therapist for children living with Autism, a 1-on-1 aid in special...

Recent reviews:

5.0
"V" was a wonderful addition to our family and we now consider him part of our extended care network. He is a skilled communicator, patient, empathetic and creative. He really invested in getting to know our...

Reviewed by Angela G.

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Claire D.


Portland, OR

$18-27/hr4 yrs exp

Babysitter/ Swim Instructor

4.5

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Hi my name is Claire and I live in Portland oregon currently. I am a certified swim instructor and have been babysitting since the age of 12. I love kids and I find Babysitting to be rewarding and enjoyable. I love to draw with kids, go on walks, play games, and sing and dance to music! I primarily do part time babysitting. I...

Recent reviews:

5.0
Claire did incredibly caring for my son during the 2020 school break and summer. All of the art, writings, and creativity that was shared during this time can be found throughout our home. She met my...

Reviewed by Blake S.

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Michelle C.


Portland, OR

$15-25/hr10 yrs exp

Music Instructor/Consultant And Event Management

4.0

(2)

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My bio/resume is available upon request. I teach and consult out of my NE Portland studio but I am also willing to commute to your location. I teach private and group piano, guitar and voice lessons. I also provide on-call childcare, respite care and family mentoring and support (with an emphasis on special needs).

Recent reviews:

5.0
My two young girls have loved their time with Michelle. She has a warm, loving personality that immediately put them at ease. I found Michelle to be a very professional with excellent communication.

Reviewed by John G.

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Rosella H.


Portland, OR

$25-27/hr10 yrs exp

5.0

(1)

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I've worked with children/young adults for 25+ years. I'm a health, life and mindset coach; majored in developmental psychology, managed daycares, ran after school programs, teach PE at PSU, nannied special needs for families and raised my 2 kids, and helped raise many more. I'm passionate about the work I do and the people I...

Recent review:

5.0
Rosella has been our only nanny for the past two and a half years, and we have been the LUCKIEST family in the world to be able to have her caring for our kiddos. I can't say enough good things about her. She...

Reviewed by Breanna G.

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Raechelle B.


Portland, OR

$20-50/hr10 yrs exp

5.0

(1)

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I'm a mother of 3 (20, 17, 11) looking to supplement my income while continuing my medical degree. I have some experience with special needs as well. Looking forward to providing you and your family with excellent worry free care so you can get back to work:)

Recent review:

5.0
Raechelle is very reliable and detail oriented. She has a knack for un-cluttering small spaces and being organized. She is great with people and animals.

Reviewed by Ruby T.

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Elena A.


Portland, OR

$20-25/hr10 yrs exp

Experienced, Responsible And Friendly Baby Sitter/Nanny- Flexible Hours!

4.9

(7)

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Hi! I've nannying for over 15 years and have had the pleasure of working long term for several amazing families, with children ranging from new born to teenagers, as well as a family with special needs. When it comes to child care I have experience with it all and feel incredibly comfortable and competent caring for a child and...

Recent reviews:

5.0
We have had Elena as a nanny for our 2 children (Ages 1 and 3) for a year and a half. When Elena first started, my son was just an infant, and we'd previously had my mother in law helping with all childcare, so...

Reviewed by April A.

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Paige M.


Portland, OR

$15-20/hr8 yrs exp

5.0

(1)

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I have a lot of experience working with kids all ages from newborns-middle school, I have a big family with lots of kids around. I have two nephews and one niece ages 3, 5, and 5 I have spent a lot of time caring for them, I've spent nights taking care of them. I have worked with multiple families making sure school work is done...

Recent review:

5.0
She is very reliable and so patient with all 3 of my kids! Exceptional!

Reviewed by Care member

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Caitlin S.


Portland, OR

$18-25/hr7 yrs exp

Responsible, Fun Babysitter Interested In Reoccurring, Occasional Evening And Weekend Work

5.0

(1)

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My name is Caitlin! Engaging in a partnership to keep your kids safe and having fun is my priority. I babysat family and neighborhood kiddos in middle and high school. For four summers I worked as a camp counselor, supervising crafts, swimming, and games for 40+ children. There I got experience with first aid, special needs, and...

Recent review:

5.0
Our daughters just adore Caitlin - they look forward to every visit from her! Caitlin has an amazingly calm demeanor and is very patient and loving with the kiddos - she is punctual, a great communicator, and...

Reviewed by Kimberly D.

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Amanda N.


Portland, OR

$10-25/hr5 yrs exp

Future Elementary Teacher Seeking Part-time Nanny Job

5.0

(3)

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Hello! I am a recent George Fox University graduate with a bachelors in Elementary Education. I have been a nanny for the past five years and I have 10+ years of babysitting experience. I also come from a large family, and have plenty of experience with young children. I believe that it is important that children feel loved....

Recent reviews:

5.0
Amanda is amazing! She took care of our newborn daughter for 3 months. She sang, read and played with her everyday and truly loved working with her. I would absolutely recommend Amanda to take of your baby...

Reviewed by Jennifer D.

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Rachel L.


Portland, OR

$25/hr10 yrs exp

Part-time Sitter

5.0

(2)

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Hello! I have been working with children for a large portion of my life. I began babysitting when I was 12 years old. I continued babysitting throughout high school and nannied my way through college. It was always the best job, from my perspective! I have been a supervisor for an after-school daycare, taught swim lessons...

Recent reviews:

5.0
Rachel is absolutely wonderful! She babysat consistently for us and was engaging, fun and great with the kids!

Reviewed by Kristin D.

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Carina M.


Portland, OR

$43/hr10 yrs exp

Experienced, Vaccinated, Covid-Cautious Nanny & Care Provider

5.0

(2)

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I have 10+ years of experience caring for children ages 9 months - 13 years as both a babysitter and regular nanny. I have experience with families with up to 4 children, twins, triplets, and children with special needs. I enjoy reading, board games, playing outside, making up games, going for walks, field trips, baking, arts...

Recent reviews:

5.0
Carina was amazing with my 3 hard-to-win-over school aged kids (and a very easy-to-win-over puppy). I would definitely hire Carina again and recommend her highly!

Reviewed by Amy I.

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Regann B.


Portland, OR

$40/hr9 yrs exp

Free Thinking Nurturer

5.0

(5)

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Hello! I have a wonderful background and experience in childcare. I've been working in child care for 10 years. I have expertise in various age groups 6mos-13 years) and as well as working with special needs community. I am CPR and first aid certified, makes me a highly qualified and caring nanny! I would love to help and become...

Recent reviews:

5.0
Regann is very caring and hard working. She is dependable and will go out of her way to make sure her clients are taken care of to the best of her ability.

Reviewed by Nicolas S.

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Amanda P.


Portland, OR

$18-25/hr5 yrs exp

5.0

(2)

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I have experience with infants, toddlers, school age and special needs children. I can help with other household tasks, pets, driving, etc. -- whatever you need!

Recent reviews:

5.0
Amanda was great. Punctual, followed all instructions, was flexible when our plans changed, and our two boys loved having her at the house.

Reviewed by Care member

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Recent special needs caregiver reviews in Portland, OR

Elisa M.

5.0

Elisa is a compassionate and knowledgeable caregiver who has made extra effort to connect emotionally with our loved-one needing support. She has been a big help to our family and we feel lucky to have found her!

- Tina C.

Lori T.

5.0

Amazing personality, really cares about my son. He struggles with the transition of my leaving she does a great job always coming up with new ideas to distract and engage him. Gets his fave foods, etc. Works with my crazy schedule.

- Alisha L.

Olinda R.

5.0

She thought of fun things to do with my special needs brother in the community and was a good communicator. Plus she really does have a dependable car for transportation which reduces unexpected surprises.

- Sabine P.

Lauren A.

5.0

Lauren was a wonderful sitter. She is calm and easy going and gets along great with all ages of kids. My kids loved playing games with her and hanging out just talking. She is very responsible and dependable and always punctual. She was flexible with our schedule as well. We miss her!!

- Zoe P.

Heather M.

5.0

Heather is truly an amazing caretaker. She is dependable, sensible, compassionate, kind, intelligent, honest, loyal, and giving. She is easy to communicate with. She has amazingly good judgment. She has exceeded all our hopes and expectations as a caretaker and health advocate for our adult child....

- Gail W.

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Ratings for Portland, OR special needs caregivers listed on Care.com

Average Rating4.7 / 5

Special Needs Caregivers in Portland, OR are rated 4.7 out of 5 stars based on 116 reviews of the 253 listed special needs caregivers.