San Clemente, CA – April is Autism Awareness Month. Finding and securing affordable childcare for autistic children is one of the biggest challenges parents of these children face. According to the CDC, 1 in 68 children is on the autism spectrum which means that this problem affects millions of families in the United States each year.

What many families don’t know is that for about $12/hour, they can hire a Professional Special Needs Au Pair to live with their family and care for their children. PROaupair, a San Clemente, CA based childcare agency, recruits, screens and places highly trained and degreed caregivers who want to work with autistic and special needs children.

These professional caregivers are experienced physical therapists, occupational therapists, pediatric nurses, or special needs educators who come primarily from Germany and are looking for a one to two year career and cultural exchange experience in the U.S. In order to be accepted by PROaupair, the only Department of State designated special needs au pair agency, the caregivers must pass a rigorous screening process and criminal background check. For a family with an autistic child, this is by the best solution. Its consistent, flexible and far more affordable than hiring a specially trained domestic nanny and offers an enriching experience for the entire family.

Lorie Zuckerberg, a speech therapist in Baltimore, MD who works with Mikey, an autistic child, says that “In the time I’ve worked with Mikey, I’ve seen significant improvement. I think Anja has been an incredible asset to this family.”

Anja has been invaluable for our family and especially for our autistic son, Mikey.

Working mom Sella (38), Baltimore, MD

Susan Asay, CEO & Founder of PROaupair says “Parents have absolute peace of mind knowing that a loving, trained childcare provider is caring for their children, supporting therapy routines, and providing the special care their children need. In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, we want to ensure that parents of autistic children are aware of this resource and know we are here to help.”

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Kristin Jones
A.P.EX. PROaupair
Vice President of Field Operations