It has been determined that respite care for children with Autism or ASD is not only extremely beneficial but becoming a necessity. According to a publication that was revised in June of 2016, respite care provides families with a much needed way to reduce stress as a family unit.
The term Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD allows for the broad range of Autism and its effects to be all encompassing.
- Autism affects 1 in 68 children in the United States
- ASD is 4 times more prevalent in males
- Autism itself does not affect life span; however those with Autism are more likely to die due to accidents
- Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder
- Autism is treatable
- Early intervention is key to positive changes
- 40% of children with Autism do not speak
How Respite Care for Children with Autism Helps
- Training – It is important to understand that those who offer caregiving or respite care for children who have Autism, be well trained.
- Focus on Helping Everyone – Accredited Care’s respite care focuses on offering our services to not only give families a break from constant care of their loved one, but works with increasing overall functionality.
- Support Services – Respite care is a recognized support service that helps reduce a family’s stress. Support services should focus not only on the family but the individual who has Autism.
- Individualized Program – Respite care should be very individualized according to the needs and abilities of the family seeking caregiving skills. This means that the services provided are specific to the deficits seen in the child in order to help enable them to function well.
- Addressing Concerns – We focus on addressing any concerns about functionality, social skills, speech, environmental responses, behavioral problems, sensory responses, and any other problems that are a concern for the family.
Don’t settle for unskilled, untrained caregiving for your loved one. Be sure that the people you choose to care for your child, or even adult, truly understand what is needed.
Is Respite Care the Same as Childcare for Autistic Children?
While there are similarities to childcare, respite care for children with autism involves much more.
- One on One Focus
- Behavioral Interventions
- Proper Techniques for Rewarding
- Encompassing Everyday Living Skills
- Redirection Techniques for Improper Behavior
- Following Instructions
- Verbal Skills
There are very few opportunities to have someone give you a break from daily care of your Autistic child. You understand the importance of having the right kind of care for your child no matter where they are on the Autism spectrum. We can provide a well-trained respite caregiver to allow you freedoms that are needed as a parent of an Autistic child.
Having an Autistic child means that you have even more concerns and fears as a parent and we understand that. Our expert care and training is the biggest reason why contacting us is one of the most important steps you can take.
We take providing respite care for children with Autism very seriously; as not only a means to help the children continue to grow and advance, but to help the family unit as a whole.
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