The majority of PROaupair’s host families – nearly 70% – have children with special needs. Our highly trained professional au pairs have direct experience caring for children with special needs and use their extensive training to ensure each child can reach his or her potential.

Whether an occupational or physical therapist, paediatric nurse, teacher or other professional, our au pairs have the training, skills and expertise to support families with special needs. Each of our professional au pairs works closely with his or her host family to come up with a specific care program designed to support a child’s individual needs. They provide high quality, skilled care tailored to the child’s diagnosis – implementing therapy homework, creating routines, administering medicine, etc.

PROaupair’s professional au pairs have experience with most types of special needs in four major categories:

  • Developmental
    • Autism spectrum disorder
    • Down syndrome
    • Dyslexia
    • Learning disabilities
  • Behavioural/Emotional
    • Attention deficit disorder (ADD)
    • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
    • Fragile X syndrome
  • Physical
    • Epilepsy and seizures
    • Muscular dystrophy
    • Diabetes
    • Neurological disabilities
    • Cerebral Palsy
  • Sensory Impaired
    • Visually impaired
    • Hearing impaired
    • Sensory processing disorder

Most of our host families with children with special needs also have children without special needs. PROaupair’s au pairs excel at balancing the needs of every child in the family – whether they have special needs or not – to ensure quality care and attention as well as a positive, safe and supportive environment.