Maybe you want to spend a night out or have to attend a special event for another of your children. In reality, you may find yourself in these or other circumstances where you need a babysitter or babysitter to take care of your child with Special Educational Needs (SEN), but that person needs to be trained to be able to do it correctly.
Your child must be safe and well cared for at all times. This is not a job for a teenager or young person who wants to earn extra money. It is necessary that a person trained in the care of people with special needs and / or disabilities attends. But who do you turn to?
There may be family members who know your child well and who know what his needs are and what to do at all times. It is better to entrust your child to a family member than to someone you do not know at all. Do not force anyone or put them in the commitment, but do not hesitate to ask if the need arises.
CLOSE AND TRUSTED FRIENDS
We are not talking about casual acquaintances here. A close friend of your family and your child may welcome the opportunity to spend some quality time. In addition to attending to emergencies related to the care of your child, this is a good way to create deep bonds between your child and the “uncles” and “aunts” (even if they are not of blood).
Workers who handle your child’s needs in a child care center, preschool program, or after school will probably also be able to handle it in your home at an agreed-upon hourly rate. If there is a worker that you or your child particularly like, find an unobtrusive way to ask if they may be available for childcare from time to time.
Therapeutic Pedagogues or Occupational Therapists can support in schools, but you can also do it at home. They are professionals who have the capacity to take care of your child and attend to his needs after meeting him.
You can ask the professionals of the center where your child attends or look for them in places where they can recommend you, such as in specific centers.
The moms in your support group are likely too busy caring for their own children in need to care for yours as well. But they may have found great childcare resources in their community that they can share with you.
In this sense, you can talk to mothers or fathers you know who live in circumstances similar to yours or who have children with SEN and ask about people who are trusted to care for your children. Even if they give you the contact of people with good references, always remember to interview them before and if they happen, first get to know your child and your child get used to their presence before they have to take care of them without your presence.
It is certain that with this advice you will not be able to have a romantic date night, but if finding someone outside the immediate family is impossible, see if you can at least alternate so that each of you has some free time, and you are the only one caretaker and playmate. A weekly coffee with a friend or half an hour in the gym can go a long way to refresh and relax you while your partner is caring for your child with SEN. In this way you can organize a family schedule where you can plan these important moments for your physical and especially mental care . Having a child with SEN is exhausting and you need to recharge your batteries in some way.