Hiring Aides has become second nature at our house. I pray every family that needs an “extra pair of hands” is able to have them too. Aides make our life so much easier. Without them, I can honestly say, I would be very insane by now. My children wouldn’t have progressed as much as they have without extra help.
“Why did I decide to hire aides,” someone might ask. In 2010, Matt was four years old and diagnosed with pdd nos. ABA therapy (Applied Behavioral Analysis) was prescribed at forty hours a week. I couldn’t wrap my mind around Matt being at a table gaining skills for as many hours as most adults work a full-time job. Although, I didn’t want Matt to continue to regress.
He had begun to speak a jargon/code throughout the day. Most of his communication was movie lines, storybook scripts, and made up language. He had about five good, reliable phrases. He screamed whenever he needed anything. He felt no pain. He could not sit to eat. He could not sit when read too. He drooled. Most of his “down time” was spent watching his hand glide between his “elevator” that he made every day. He was so very aggressive, banging his head into walls, ripping up paper, yet; he loved to open cabinet doors over and over.
I wanted to find the sweet, happy little boy I lost desperately. Hearing ABA therapy was the only scientifically proven method to treat autism. I wanted it yesterday. Unfortunately, I couldn’t figure out how we could possibly afford it.
Ironically, I had just turned down the funding that would pay for ABA therapy for Lee. Upon learning that other families in our county had the therapy this way. I soon, amended my ways, again placing both boys on Level One Waiver waiting lists. This is a Waiver available in most counties in the state of Ohio. Some counties have a waiting list approximately thirteen years long, which is sick. I know God was smiling on us, when before having Matt, we moved into a county where the waiting list was three to four months.
In April, the funding came through, along with a Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis. The ABA case manager told me I needed to hire three aides. He did not want Matt to get used to one aide over another. He wanted a fair playing field.
I went to work trying to find aides. I visited a few home health agencies in Central Ohio. All the employees I met either smelled of smoke or hardly spoke English. I almost threw in the towel, quitting. But, another mom shared that she hired college students that were hungry to learn.
I soon put postings for aides on the internet. I hired a team of three. I will post about what materials we needed for ABA therapy, how to apply for the funding, what programs helped Matt the most, the system I use to hire aides, and what duties the aides perform in our home. A few he never completed. But he is so much better today.
I hope this helps some families who need extra help in their homes. Blessings to you and yours today and always,