Many PROaupair host families have children with developmental delays. These can vary from impairments of speech or language to problems with movement and motor skills to genetic delays such as Down syndrome. PROaupair’s caregivers are attuned to a child’s individual needs and use their extensive training to ensure each child can reach his or her full potential. They provide high quality, skilled care depending upon the child’s diagnosis – implementing therapy homework, creating routines and generally providing a warm, supportive environment.
Claudia, a host mom from Texas, has a four-year-old son, Kai, who has tuberous sclerosis. In addition to developmental delays, Kai occasionally has seizures, so the family wanted to find a caregiver who could help Kai with his condition. After Kai’s diagnosis, his family switched from a traditional au pair to a professional au pair. Their professional au pair, Lydia, has experience working with children with special needs and recently finished her training as an occupational therapist.