Respite and Community Aide
A family support service that provides temporary relief from the physical and emotional demands that come with caring for a child with Autism and/or other developmental disorders. Respite allows caregivers planned relief. Respite can occur in a family’s home or in the community. Our trained staff of Respite Workers provide support with activities of daily living, behavioural support, and opportunities for meaningful engagement. All Respite Workers are required to have a criminal records check, child welfare check, First Aid and level-C CPR before commencing work.
CENTRE BASED RESPITE
Centre based respite provides the opportunity for children to access respite at the Maier Centre for Autism Service. Children recieving respite at the Maier Centre will have access to our large multipurpose gym, specialized outdoor playground, sensory room, daily living skills area and other therapeutic play spaces. The unique environment at the Maier Centre was designed to address the various sensory preferences of individuals affected by Autism. Respite at the Maier Centre also offers opportunities for your child to engage in supported social interactions with other children who are accessing one of our many programs.
Community aides can be provided to ensure that children with autism and/or other developmental disorders have the support they require to participate in the community, leisure, and social activities. The primary goal of a community aide worker is to facilitate a child’s participation in community activities where they would not otherwise be able to participate due to their individual challenges. A community aide worker facilitates a child’s participation in activities in which parental support would not typically be expected, as well as in the community activities for which caregivers are present but require additional assistance to support the needs of their child.