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Meet Rachel, a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst

This month for the caregiver spotlight, we got to chat with Rachel, a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst. Since joining Synapse Sitters, Rachel has been able to connect with several families and she finds those relationships to be the most rewarding part. Read on to learn more about Rachel and her experience being a caregiver for Synapse Sitters.

Thank you for being a part of our community of caregivers, Rachel!

How did you get involved helping within the special needs community?

In high school, we had a program called P.E.E.R.S. that worked with some of the students in the special needs community. We would go on outings to different community partners around my town, and it was an excellent experience to assist the students in navigating these different environments.

How did you hear about Synapse Sitters and what made you want to join? 

I heard about Synapse Sitters when Marie (founder) came to the location that I currently work at to tell us about partnering with her new business. I wanted to join because I have always enjoyed babysitting when I am not at work and getting to know different families.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience with Synapse Sitters, and the way that it connects you with different families. I have established some amazing connections through this experience.

Are you a respite caregiver? If so, tell us how you got started. If not, is this something you would consider? Why or why not? 

I have previously worked as a respite care provider, but did not keep up with my certification due to an increasing caseload at my main job. From my experience with respite care, it is more of consistent work and schedule, and at this time I am only looking for babysitting occasionally from the families that I have built relationships with.

What do you find to be the most rewarding part of being a caregiver and connecting with families who have loved ones with special needs?

I think the most rewarding part of being a caregiver and connecting with families is the relationships that are built. You truly become a part of the family.

Do you have a caregiver hack or advice? 

Always have fun.

What is something fun that you like to do in your free time?

I love to go hiking! I am always pestering my friends to go and find new locations to walk trails or hikes.

What is one thing that you can’t live without? 

One thing I can’t live without….traveling. I love to travel, and have so many destinations on my bucket list.

Anything else that you would like to share with our community and families?

I am very thankful that Marie had the courage to take the time to navigate and create something that was lacking for the special needs community and their families.  I have heard from multiple families that I have connected with how grateful they are for this website because they can feel at ease when they leave their loved ones with someone. So thank you Marie for always being an advocate, and continuing to bring new resources to this community.

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