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Find special needs caregivers with:

CPR and first aid training

Age-specific skills and experience

Background checks

Household skills like cooking and cleaning


Asperger syndrome



Down syndrome


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Visual Impairment

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If you have a child with special needs, finding the right sitter for your family can pose an extra challenge. And Sittercity is here to help. We have babysitters and nannies that have experience with children who have behavioral issues such as ADD, autism, Asperger syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Others have experience with children who have health issues related to diabetes, epilepsy and visual impairment. We also have babysitters and nannies that have cared for children with Down syndrome. As always, our sitters list their standard qualifications on their profiles as well, which can include CPR and first aid training and age-specific skills and experience, as well as background checks and additional services like cooking and cleaning.

What is a special needs caregiver? Special needs caregivers are babysitters or nannies who have enhanced qualifications or experience with special needs children. Often times special needs caregivers work as full-time nannies or part-time nannies; there are also special-needs caregivers who you can hire for occasional babysitting duties. If your special needs caregiver is your family’s nanny, it’s also good to have a backup special needs caregiver that you know and trust so that you always have child care available.

How much do special needs caregivers charge? The average hourly rate varies depending on where you live, but normally special needs caregivers get paid slightly more than other nannies and babysitters. Look up the average sitter rate for your state on Sittercity’s rate calculator.

Sometimes you can find a special needs caregiver through family and friends, but for most families finding a special needs caregiver is a challenge. Sittercity is a great place to start your search for quality special needs caregivers. We have thousands of sitters for you to choose from, and you can narrow your search based on the specific requirements your need. You can also post a job and let the special needs caregivers come to you.

You can feel at ease knowing that you’ll find the right caregiver for your special needs child at Sittercity.

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