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Amazing Summer Care Op for Swifty Loving Special Needs Girl

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  • Job Description

      Req#: 23759

      Department Overview:

      A crazy 4 person household raising a 17 year old daughter going on 21, and 14 year old daughter with Rett syndrome. We specialize in making our crew part of the family and hope that they can take their experience of working with a special needs family with them when they leave the UW. We have worked with many students in many different degrees (Nursing, SLP, OT, PT, Engineering, Dietetics, Pre-Med...). We still speak and interact with all of them since they have graduated! (They are all also available as references). The hope is that this experience will help them better assist and advocate for children and adults with disabilities. The hours also count as direct care hours for those who need them.

      Anticipated Start Date


      Anticipated End Date


      Anticipated Hours Per Week

      15 to 40 and very flexible


      We are looking for summer day shifts starting around 8:30 till about 4 or 5, evening shifts starting around 4 or 5 to about 8 or 9, and weekend shifts using the same shift hours. Laurel is done with school in June but some of our existing team are graduating so we could actually use help starting in May. We are flexible with start and stop times and around exams and vacations, and many times people will rotate weekend shifts. We are also flexible with the start and end date We currently have other UW students working with us, but we are looking to add more to the team! Part of our team is graduating, so starting on May 14th we have evening and weekend hours available, and Laurel is officially done with her school on June 9th and then weekdays will start.

      Salary/Wage Range:

      Hourly $14.00 to $15.00

      Number Of Positions


      Position Summary/Job Duties:

      We Could Use Your Help This Summer!!!

      We are looking for someone special to assist us with our daughter Laurel (LuLu) this summer with the ability to extend into the next school year if desired. We are looking for day or evening shifts 7 days a week. The hours are flexible as we have other students assisting as part of her team. Laurel is 15 years old and was diagnosed with Rett syndrome 13 years ago. Rett syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that primarily affects girls. Unfortunately, it has stripped Laurel of her ability to walk, talk, or have purposeful use of her hands. We have been working with exceptional UW undergrad and grad students from OT, PT, Nursing, Speech, and even Engineering for the past 10 years, and they have become part of our family! In addition, we regularly work with the Waisman Center as part of their LEND family mentor program. Laurel needs assistance with daily living activities such as feeding, bathing, and toileting. She loves to listen to music (Taylor Swift/Doja Cat big favs), and she likes to run errands and go for walks. This summer, we are looking for individuals during the day and/or evening. Day shifts would start around 8:30 until 4, and evening shifts would be from 4-8. We also have weekend shifts available from around 9 AM to 4 PM or evenings on the weekend from 4 PM to 8 PM. We are flexible with start and stop times and around exams and vacations. We currently have other UW students working with us, but we are looking to add more to the team! We also have one other daughter, who is 17, and having assistance with Laurel greatly enhances our ability to spend more time with her. We have had a legacy of amazing students from the UW, and would love to add you to the team! Summer bonus top of base pay available. Meals and laundry included. Hours count as direct care hours for those who need them.


      Looking for unique, fun, and flexible team members willing to join our family. Must be able to ride the ups and downs of Laurel, be creative in finding fun things to do, be proficient in modern music, Taylor Swift, Doja Cat 15 and 17 year old female fashion, and just general craziness.

      Physical Demands

      There is lifting and reposition of Laurel. We can assist with this also.

      Application Instructions:

      If interested, please e-mail us at or text/call us at 608-293-1718 (Jason's Mobile).


      Org: The Coop Troop (Cooper Family)
  • About the company

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