18 Recommended Home-Based Jobs For Parents of Autistic Children
Finding an appropriate job that fits with a family schedule is hard enough without adding a child with special needs, particularly autism, to the mix. As such, forums of full of parents looking for innovative ideas for either beginning home-based businesses or simply working from home in general. Christmas is just around the corner, are are a myriad of other holidays, and money runs short for everyone, let alone parents of autistic children.
According to a study published in the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, mothers of ASD children earn over 35% less than mothers of children with other disabilities and 56% less than mothers of children without disabilities. That is a hefty sum sacrificed and enough to pull many families under the poverty line. Furthermore, the children in these families have 9% fewer rates of having both parents working, with family earnings 21% less than those where there are children with other disabilities and 28% less than the average family without disabilities. Health limitations do their number on a family's income and ability to provide properly for their children.
As such, it is very important for parents of autistic children to find jobs that fit their needs and schedules, provide necessary benefits and allow for a steady sufficient income.
Autism Love to Know has made a few suggestions:
- Work in Schools: Whether you are a teacher or a receptionist, working in a school while your child attends there is a blessing, This way you are both near and keep the same schedule, while you make enough money to fund the home and have the benefits to help fund therapy sessions and doctors' visits. As a school bus driver, you'd also be able to work part-time while still receiving those benefits and perhaps even bring your child along with you.
- Run a Day-Care at Home: Possibly one of the best choices, should you have the patience, resources and nerves of steel, is to run your own day-care in your own home. This allows for time flexibility, steady income, and the perfect medium for exposing your autistic child to others, both on the spectrum or not. The best part? You don't have to hunt down a baby-sitter or day-care center that is autism-friendly, nor do you need to dish out the rather hefty amounts to pay for another to care for your child.
- Do Some Freelance Work: This includes everything from photography to design (web/graphic) to writing. Freelance work is amazing as you can do as much or as little as you'd like, pick your hours and you can be having fun as well! It may not be steady work or have any benefits attached, but the money will flow in and it helps pay the bills.
- Independent Therapist: You know the saying, "ask the experienced, not the doctor"? Well, you have ample experience and can provide speech, occupational or any other form of therapy to other children on the spectrum like yours. You can have a private business and travel to clients' homes, ensuring a flexible time schedule, even though you don't get any benefits. You do, however, benefit from helping others.
Parents on a Facebook group called "Autism Parents Support and Discussion Group" have their own ideas. These include:
- Avon Cosmetics sales rep
- Mary Kay independent consultant
- Designing and making pageant wear
- Beach body coach
- Teaching arts and crafts
- Call center work from home
- Wedding or event planning planner
- WorldVentures travel marketer
- Social media marketer
- Graphic designer
- Motorcycle Repairman
- Virtual call center owner
- Massage therapist
- Personal trainer
What do you do for a living with your autistic child at home?