Position Information

May 15, 2017

Jun 1, 2018


I am looking for someone with Special Education background to work with my 17-year old daughter who happens to be both blind and have PDD (on the autistic spectrum).  The position would have 2 components- 1): to help my daughter work on daily living, self-care skills and be a "Big Sister" to her (take her places and have fun with her), and 2): to implement Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) with her (this is the therapist part).  RDI is an approach that helps develop new neurological pathways in the brain that bypass/override the autistic pathways already established.  Rather than just being a therapy, it is a mode of interacting.  There is the option of receiving formal training in RDI from a certified RDI consultant if time and inclination allow.  Applicants must be willing to learn how to implement RDI.


  • Have experience working with individuals who have special needs (e.g.; SPED, Speech and Language, OT)
  • Be reliable and mature
  • Have a car and a clean driving record
  • Be able to read non-verbal communication and be cofortable w/someone who uses minimal verbal communication
  • Be creative and patient
  • Be self-motivated
  • Is interested in learning/applying the principles of RDI

How to Apply:  Email.  Applicant will need to fill out an attendant application with Public Partnerships in order to work.    

Additional information:  Please send an email that includes the followingl 1) your experience working with special needs children, 2) why you are interested in this job 3)  your major and your year (freshman, soph, jr, sr), 4) your schedule / availability (i.e., what days you would be free to work).  5) your phone number 6) e-mail contact information for 3 references.  

Please note we have 3 cats.  

$8.40/hour or current Medicaid hourly rate for VA

Employer Information

Jan Eckert


In Heard Aceres (near Country Club Rd. and Vine St.), Harrisonburg, VA,

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