Jessica Andrews, MA, BCBA is a board certified behavior analyst. Jessica received her Masters Degree from the University of South Florida. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with more than 6 years providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services to children and adolescents with Autism and other intellectual disabilities. She has served as a full time Behavior Analyst and Program Director for Behavior Analysis Support Services, Inc. Clinic for the past 2 years.
Jessica founded Take a Break Babysitting, with hopes of providing families with top of the line experienced and knowledgeable sitters who are capable of handling any behaviors that may arise, without accidentally reinforcing them. Growing up, Jessica and her brother Juan were raised by their single mother in Tampa, FL. Being that her brother had a developmental disability and required much more assistance and attention, she got to see firsthand how much parents of children with developmental disabilities could use a break sometimes. Juan was provided with Respite care, but these providers did not always have the training and knowledge needed to care for him adequately.
The mission of Take a Break Babysitting is to offer relief to those families who have had difficulty finding and maintaining appropriate and adequate support and care for their child with autism and/or other developmental disabilities.
Caring for a child with a developmental disability often results in pressures and stress not experienced by other parents or caregivers. Every family and child needs a break every once in a while. Take a Break is prepared to do that by providing you and your family relief by placing an experienced sitter in your home who organizes and provides structured activities and supervision. Whether it’s a trip to the children's museum, a walk to the park, or simply playing a game at home, parents or other caregivers will have an opportunity to regroup and re-energize.