Part-time Nanny, Ages of Children upon Hire: 12 months and 4.5 years old
Provided part childcare to the 12-month-old boy born with an unidentified chromosome, having a developmental delay. Attended feeding therapy, floor time therapy, jump-start and speech therapy with the parents. Duties also included bath times, bed time prep, meal time prep, cleaning, taking the kids to the park, structured art time, play time and helping parents cope and adjust to the needs of their child. We met occasionally to discuss my ideas for intervention for both their 12 month old son and their 4.5 year old daughter; some of these interventions included suggesting emotional mindfulness training which includes teaching parents to allow their children to feel the emotions they are feeling, placing a name (language) to these emotions and helping children develop adaptive coping skills, I also helped them to monitor their reactions to the older child which included parents’ being aware of when they became upset and overwhelmed by their daughter’s behavior and instead of reacting right away, they would take a second to breathe and deal with their own emotions, and lastly I discussed implementing a behavioral momentum sticker chart, taking data on intrusive outbursts and professional expressive therapy.
Experience also includes:
Provide one-to-one in home and school based therapy sessions to children with Autism, aged 1-10. Practice applied behavioral analysis teaching methods such as: Discrete Trial Teaching, Errorless Learning, Applied Verbal Behavior, Pivotal Response Training, Natural Environment Training and Incidental Teaching, to create meaningful behavioral, social and academic outcomes. Collect and record skill acquisition and behavioral data while communicating effectively with the clinical team regarding clients’ most intrusive behaviors. Attend weekly meetings to evaluate client progress and program updates.
Camp It Up is a camp that provides an open, welcoming and loving summer experience for gay, lesbian and transgendered families and friends. I planned and directed recreational programs for thirteen campers, aged 7-9 years old. Along with another senior counselor, a junior counselor and a counselor in training, I formulated a schedule for the two weeks and ensured that our plans were appropriately timed, taking into account how long we will stay at each activity, and how long it would take us to get from one activity to the next. I also made sure to always have a back up plan or activity in mind in the event that our scheduled activity did not work out. Also, as a team we collaborated to make sure that we were selecting age appropriate activities and that these activities were fun and enjoyable for our kids group. At the end of camp we asked each camper to evaluate the counselors in an open and honest manner.
School Based Behavioral Therapist
Implemented principles of applied behavioral analysis in one-to-one school based sessions to students with Autism, aged 3-10: formulated and employed behavioral plans, collected and recorded data, attended monthly clinics to evaluate student progress, employed various teaching strategies to effectively teach specific skills or modify behavioral excesses, including Reinforcement Procedures, Discrete Trial Teaching, Task Analyses, Picture Activity Schedules (PAS), Incidental Teaching and Behavioral Shaping; Designed program materials, data sheets and stimuli.
Camp Counselor and First Responder
Planned and directed recreational programs for fifteen campers, aged 4-70 with multiple developmental disabilities including Pica, Autism, Down’s Syndrome, Bipolar Affective Disorder, Psychosis, Epilepsy and Schizophrenia, at a summer camp with no electricity and running water: administered medications, provided pre-hospital care for medical emergencies, educated counselors of campers’ conditions’, identified symptoms and documented incident reports. Assembled campfires to cook meals and provided physical care to assist in maintenance of campers’ daily activities.
And much more direct childcare experience.