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SEN nanny

(29 Posts)
dianasrainbow Thu 01-May-14 02:29:51

So after working as a SEN TA in London for 3 years, 2 years as an SEN Teacher overseas, a degree in Education Sciences with a specialism in Autism i am now thinking to become a nanny/tutor/early intervention therapist for children with ASD. The only thing is ...i dont't seem to find parents that are looking for a nanny for their child with Autism. Any idea why? Where should i look? I just don't get it. There are loads of ads from parents/agencies looking for nannies but only a few looking for a nanny for someone with Autism.

I am desperate for a nanny who has experience of SN and disability. I've basically given up looking as I thought they didn't exist!

The trouble is, quite honestly, good intentions are not what anyone wants or needs.

People want outcomes for their children. Evidence-based outcomes preferably, with efficacy that enables families to spend their time together having fun, not therapists that come in and have fun with their kids leaving all of the 'work' to them.

SCERTS has no evidence-base. SALT has no evidence-base either for that matter. Teach my child how to not masturbate in public as fast as you can, as effectively as you can an I will take him to the park for a picnic.

zzzzz Thu 01-May-14 20:48:52

You do seem very defensive. I can't see how you are going to "get anything" out of a thread like this unless you are more focused in your questions and respond to queries with a view to exploring what it is you really want to know?

I think most of us are a bit baffled rather than heated.

I wouldn't employ you based on what you have said purely because I can't work out where you are coming from or where you want to go. My life is far to busy to deal with this sort of nonsense inside my home. You need to be much more direct, honest and transparent.

The market you are planning to pitch to, are incredibly vulnerable, over stretched both emotionally and financially and cannot afford mistakes. The wrong person interacting with our children can drag them back years.

None of us take this lightly, do things based on what we "like", we are overrun with people with "good intentions". There isn't a more difficult audience to be honest. Perhaps focus on nt children where perhaps the parents are looking for something more generic.

MiscellaneousAssortment Fri 02-May-14 02:23:09

I wonder if you could pick up some work experience, interacting with a wide variety of children with sn and their families?

It feels like you have a gap you just need a bit of real world experience to plug it.

You have lots of academic/ learnt knowledge, and teaching experience, which will stand you on good stead. But you need to fill in two gaps as i see it:

1. working with a family (vs in a classroom/ non home environment)

2. the reality of the UK context - medical and community support/ or absence of, all the different hoops parents have to jump through to get a diagnosis, statementing, and the various bodies that parents will be engaging with on a daily basis, from social services to councils and schools etc

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