Full-time Live-in Therapist

About our full-time live-in therapists:

AIMS Global offers full-time therapists that live with or nearby families and provide therapy throughout the week. Our experienced therapists are guided by their supervisors in creating Individual Educational Plans (IEP’s) to assist your child in all developmental areas.

All our programs include an initial program, various profiles to help manage a range of behaviors (challenging behaviors and sensory overload included) as well as ongoing child-specific training and feedback.

Empirical research states that families who receive respite and support experience decreased levels of stress and a higher rate of feeling equipped to manage their entire family unit.

Our therapists have training in various therapeutic modalities, such as ABA, Playtherapy, RDI and other. Some of our therapists have also completed courses in AAC, Makaton, Spelling to Communicate, to name a few. The therapists are all experienced in generalizing goals and targets from Speech and Language therapists, Occupational therapists and teachers at school to the home environment.

We offer initial AIMS training as well as ongoing training sessions that are specifically aimed at your child’s and family’s needs. Our training courses are accredited through IBCCES and have been proven to be effective, not only for our clients, but also their families.

Your therapist will have flexible hours and compared to an “hourly-rate based therapist” the service is affordable and effective.

Some of our therapists go with families on vacations and join in on outings, provide school shadowing and provide support in various environments.

Generalization of skills from one environment or therapeutic setting to another is another added benefit of hiring a live-in therapist.

Who our full-time live-in therapists are for:

Families that feel they need an “extra hand” at home. Our therapists are with your child for 7-8hrs a day, 5 days a week and will accompany your child to various appointments, school, therapies and general outings. Do you need someone that can help with the morning routine, transitions, morning or afternoon sessions and perhaps going to the shops? Our therapists are equipped and ready to offer you respite!

FAQ about full-time live-in therapists

We have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions, but feel free to send us an email should you need more information (hello@aimsglobal.info).

How much does full-time live-in therapy cost?
We offer monthly payments that include the therapist’s salary, continuous supervision, initial programs, child-specific profiles, updates to the program, feedback and ongoing reports. The monthly cost for a full-time therapist and all of these services is country-specific as we need to keep in mind cost of living for therapists too, but it ranges. We also have various options that are even more affordable - such as a shared therapist (less hours) and online therapy (telehealth services) with a dedicated therapist to support you and your child. The telehealth services have proven to be extremely effective (together with being affordable for most families).
Who is responsible for other expenses?
We ask the families to secure a valid work permit for our therapists as well as a yearly flight ticket from the therapist’s home country and back. The easiest way is to hire a local employment agency to support you with this process. Our therapists usually live with the families and join during meal times. The therapists are responsible for any outside meals and entertainment (outside of outings with your child). It is very similar to having a live-in au pair - our therapists usually become “part of the family”, but still have scheduled hours to ensure they continue to stay motivated and well-rested.
What are the hours of the therapist and can this be changed?
Usually, our therapists work 7-8hrs a day, 5 days a week and rest over weekends. Some families require morning or evening hours as well as some weekend sessions. Our therapists are notified of this before they start with a family and are flexible with the hours scheduled. We keep with a maximum amount of hours to ensure our therapists don’t become fatigued. They are more than happy to discuss over-time with their families though as we know there are always some days where you need a helping hand for a bit longer.
Is your therapy one-on-one with the children?
Yes and also in groups, with friends, at school, with family members, including siblings and any community member that we come across during our outings. Our therapists provide the therapy and setting that are needed for your child and his or her specific needs. If we need to work on social interaction, we create social groups and organize play dates. If your child needs more 1:1 support, we focus on this element and include many movement breaks to keep the motivation high for your child.
What countries are your full-time therapists available in?
We work in all countries! As long as you can secure a work permit for our therapists, we can place someone to work with your child.
What if my therapist, for some reason, is not a good fit?
This does not occur often, but we always want to provide peace of mind to all our families. We offer a 2 months trial period where you can ask to change therapists and we do not charge for this switch, yet travel costs are the responsibility of the family. Please do keep in mind that this option depends on the availability of another therapist at that specific time with the experience that is right for your child. We are always available to speak about this option, should it be necessary.
Do you offer parent training?
Yes, of course. We offer various workshops throughout the year and also create family-specific training workshops, if required. Please always feel free to notify us should you need additional training for you, a family member, a team member or someone that interacts with your child. We also have a wealth of free resources available for our families - from YouTube DIY tips, blogs with relevant topics to a Yoga series brought to you by one of our children and his therapist!
What’s the process to start services?
Click “I’m interested” above and we can start the process. You will be invited to a free conference call with one of our directors - Karla Pretorius and we will send a guidelines document to you to help guide you along to start with therapy and supervision ASAP.