We provide qualified candidates and the network to connect.  You choose who you want to work with, when you are available, as well as how much you will pay/earn.  We know choosing the right caregiver or family to work with can be a daunting and overwhelming task, so let us help simplify it! 

Synapse Sitters is on online networking community.  We are not a placement agency and we do not endorse nor place Sitters with Families.  Our objective is to help connect Families and Specialized Sitters. 
We provide the tools and resources for Parents and Sitters to connect using our innovative and secure online network.  Both parties independently decide if they would like to work together.  We do not work with insurance companies or accept the Medicaid Waiver. 
Even though our sitters are specialized, please remember that they are there to care for your children; they are not there to provide therapies.


Join our network and create your profile for just $29.95/mo. Tell us about your family and what you are looking for in a candidate. You can cancel your subscription at any time.


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Agree on the day, time, and pay rate. Congrats! You are on your way!


You've hired someone that you feel confident will treat your child with patience and integrity. Now enjoy your time!


At SynapseSitters.com we believe all parents should have access to finding childcare. Finding a qualified and patient caregiver can be a difficult and frustrating process, especially when you have a special needs child. Which is why our sitter candidates must meet certain requirements.

Our sitters must currently be in school or have attained a degree in a form of human services or have employment experience within human services.


Our goal is to connect families of special needs children with specialized sitters.  In order to do so, our sitters must either be pursuing or have already earned a degree in a "human service" field, or must be currently employed within a "human service" field.  To maintain the security of our network, all information sitters submit is verified during the sign up process.  Once all information is confirmed, our sitters will then have access to our families. Examples of these requirements, but not limited to, are listed below. 

Educational Requirements

  • Speech Language Pathology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Nursing
  • Special Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Psychology
  • Biology
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Child Life

Work Experience

  • ABA experience
  • Teacher
  • Instructional Assistant/Paraeducator
  • Speech Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Nurse

Our sitters typically work with children who have:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Down Syndrome
  • ADHD
  • Asperger Syndrome
  • Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Behavioral and emotional needs
  • Speech disorders


We have partnered with Safe Hiring Solutions to offer expanded background checks for our sitter members. These reports are optional, although we do highly recommend each sitter to request one during or prior to the interview and hiring process. Sitters that obtain and pass these reports will have preferred listing status.  Background checks cost a low one time fee of $21.50 + any additional fees during the verification process. Additional fees may occur depending on previous addresses and any additional county court costs to release info. 

Background Checks Include:

  • SSN Verification
  • Sex Offender Registry
  • National and County Criminal Record Check
  • Federal Criminal Search
  • Criminal Searches based on 7 year address history (additional fees may apply)

For security purposes, it is best to avoid using a mobile device or tablet when requesting your background check. 



We understand that having a child with special needs can bring additional expenses. At just $29.95/month, we have priced our monthly subscription to be affordable. We do not require an annual membership and you can cancel at any time. We feel our sitters offer value since they must pass our expanded background check and meet our qualifications.

We are not a placement agency, so parents and sitters mutually decide to work together and agree upon date, time, and pay rate without paying any additional fees. However, to ensure we are attracting the best candidates we highly encourage parents and sitters to follow the suggested pay rates below:

  • Low Needs – $11/hr
  • Moderate Needs – $13/hr
  • High Needs – $15/hr
  • +$1/hr per additional child

Please discuss with your sitter what need category they feel the child falls under. What one may consider moderate needs, the other may feel is actually low needs.

The key to a successful working relationship is TRANSPARENCY. Please be respectfully upfront about expectations.  We feel using these guidelines as a reference during your sitter search will ensure a winning relationship with a great caregiver!