A year ago, Claudia started as a reliable partner. Over the past year, she has become an irreplaceable leader, continually problem solving and celebrating Hiroki’s successes. She is a passionate advocate for him and loves him deeply. She is our hero!
~Misa L, MBA, Host Mom in MN
Claudia is a physical therapist from Germany who cares for Hiroki, age 4. Hiroki has been diagnosed with Phelan McDermid Syndrome, a rare chromosomal syndrome, along with Autism, Epilepsy, and Autonomic Dystopia.
In June 2011, the U.S. Department of State designated PROaupair as the first and only dedicated Special Needs Live-In Childcare Program in the United States.
PROaupair’s Special Needs Au Pair (SNAP℠) Program features Professional Au Pair candidates with at least two years of full-time professional experience with special needs children and/or a degree in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Special Education, or other special needs focused degrees from their home country. These educations in Europe are typically 2-4 years and include both academic study and clinical experience in OT practices, special education institutions, preschools, and/or kindergartens. PROaupair’s SNAP℠ au pairs want to be matched with families who have at least one special needs child so that they can use their specialized experience & education in a dedicated environment, while experiencing a cultural exchange as an au pair in the U.S.
Because of the underlying cultural exchange philosophy of the au pair program (vs. a pure employment program), your family can engage a flexible, affordable special needs qualified childcare provider who has the skills, qualifications, and attitude you need. Au pairs come to the U.S. on a one year J-1 visa with the opportunity to extend their stay for 6, 9 or 12 months.
Take a few minutes to watch a short video that will introduce you to one of our host families and let you hear from them how hosting a professional special needs-qualified au pair has made a difference in their lives.
We know that securing the very best childcare for your children can be difficult. With your family’s needs in mind, we have developed a program that makes finding and selecting the perfect special needs qualified au pair easy and enjoyable for you.
If any of your children have conditions such as Epilepsy, Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Down Syndrome, speech delays, ADD, ADHD, and/or other conditions requiring special attention, then this program may be exactly what you are looking for.
The Department of State does not define “special needs” and makes clear that host families, and not program sponsors, must identify their child’s special needs and must make the selection of an au pair based on their evaluation of the au pair’s skills, education, and/or training. An au pair is not intended to replace the services of other special care or education providers (such as therapists or teachers).
Please start your application HERE and schedule a call with us to discuss your needs.
Many of our host families have children with special needs, and they have found having a Professional Au Pair to be an incredibly successful and rewarding experience for their entire family. We would love the opportunity to talk with you and help you have a rewarding and successful experience, too.
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