Are you curious?
Are you patient?
As a care provider, you need to understand that you may be working with children who don't use words as their primary form of language. On top of that, you are going to be put into homes, the place families are most vulnerable, and you will need to keep your cool. It is your job to have no reaction to a child when he throws yogurt in your face, and to be ready to give a smile and praise four minutes later when he finally takes a bite of the food you've offered.
Children who are experiencing invisible disabilities live in a world that presents much differently than our own. As a care provider, you have the opportunity to bond with a special child and enter into their world, learning to see things as they do. Along with their families and care givers, you are entering a journey with this child. You need to have the ability to get curious about why a behavior exists, rather than feeling fearful or frustrated when the child has an outburst. If you have an interest in the function of behavior, this is the perfect job for you to gain experience.
Sometimes, you will need to change the plans, and change them quickly. A little bit of spontaneity may be the difference between a child entering a crisis and continuing on with their day. Flexibility is also important because every day is going to be a little different. Great care professionals can change and adapt with the individual they are working with.
As the individual you are working with is learning how to express themselves appropriately, they will likely have outbursts. As the care person, you need to be able to manage your own stress and not go through emotional roller coaster with the child you care for. No matter what happens at your job site, you need to come in the next day with a fresh perspective and a positive attitude. Remember, you are going to be with this child a lot. You are their link to success. They need you to be resilient and stick with them through their rough times.
Are you flexible?
Are you resilient?
Care Provider: Do You Have What It Takes?
Being a care provider, aslo known as a direct support professional, is one of the most rewarding jobs you will find and it is an excellent way to break into the field. While making up to $16.50 an hour, you will gain knowledge on managing behavior, crisis intervention, special education, speech and language, occupational therapy and more. As a care provider, you get to be hands on with a child in their world. Along the way, you will develop a close bond with families, incredible leadership ability, and a few memories that may just change your life. Other benefits of being a care provider include a fairly flexible schedule, the ability to make a hands on difference, and a huge abundance of jobs open to start working at this very moment!
18 years or older
Ability to pass a background check
Your finger prints will need to be taken and run
Proof of Residency
Proof of being legal U.S citizen
Previous experience preferred, but not necessary
Will train the RIGHT candidates