Jessica Andrews, M.A., is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with more than 9 years of experience providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services to children and adolescents with autism and other intellectual disabilities.
Jessica founded Take a Break Babysitting with hopes of providing families with top of the line experienced and knowledgable sitters & nannies who are capable and well equipped to work with ALL children, especially those with special needs.
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 special needs could use a break sometimes. Juan was provided with Respite care, but these providers often lacked the training and knowledge to adequately care for him.
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 children 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 and a while. Take a Break Babysitting 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. Wether 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 the opportunity to regroup and re-energize.