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Eckert family

Therapist and Aide


In Reherd Acres, near Country Club Road and Vine Streets, Harrisonburg, VA

Contact Information:

Jan Eckert

Email: eckertj2@verizon.net

Job Description & Requirements:

I am looking for someone with Special Education background to work with my 16-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.


- Experience working with individuals who have special needs (e.g.; SPED, Speech and Language, OT)

- Is reliable and mature

- Has a car and a clean driving record

- Has a flexible schedule

- Is able to read non-verbal communication and is comfortable w/someone who uses minimal verbal communication

- Is creative and patient

- Is self-motivated

- Is interested in learning/applying the principles of RDI

Big Sisters will need to fill out an attendant application with Public Partnerships in order to work.                     

Pay rate:

Pay:  $8.40/hour or current Medicaid rate

Specific Hours:  I am looking for someone who could work 1-2 shifts beginning August 2014.  Specific needs will depend on where I have gaps in the schedule.  The daily shifts are 4:15p-6pm (Monday-Thursday), Friday 1p-5p and Saturday 1:30p-4:30p.  However, I am also looking for applicants who might be able to work during Maymester 2015, and/or who would be able to work full-time during summer 2015.  There is also the opportunity for occasional night time babysitting.

  How to Apply:

Email:  eckertj2@verizon.net

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

Please note:  We have 3 cats.