For many, caring for a child with special needs can be challenging, and we understand that sometimes you need a break. That is why the Watson Institute offers respite care services.
What is Respite Care?
Respite care programs are designed to provide temporary relief for families and caregivers of children with special needs. Not only does it give family members a chance to regroup, but it provides positive experiences for the child with special needs.
If you are interested in your child interacting with other children in a group respite program, you might consider our day respite services. This respite program creates a camp-like setting for children with special needs and their siblings. Children participate in indoor and outdoor activities with children in their age group.
Events and schedules have been designed with each child’s unique needs in mind, from check-in to departure. Children participate in small and large group activities, such as arts and crafts, music, nature hikes and sports.
There are quiet indoor activities available for those who choose not to participate in the outdoor events.
The level of care provided gives parents an opportunity to tend to some of their own needs, such as grocery shopping, running errands, or relaxing, while their children are safe and having fun. The day respite care programs have a high staff-to-child ratio and a nurse is present at all times.
Who is eligible to attend the day respite care program?
Watson’s day respite program is designed for children with autism spectrum disorder, developmental delays and neurological impairments and their siblings. Please contact us if your child has any special medical needs and we can discuss how we can support him/her.
School age children with special needs ages 3-21 and their siblings ages 3-13 are eligible for the day respite care program. There are a limited number of spaces for each program to ensure that each child receives the proper amount of attention.
Watson offers day respite sessions in the spring and fall.
UPDATE – April 2020
At the Watson Institute, the health and safety of our students, staff and team members is our number one priority. We are monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation closely and taking direction from our local, state and federal authorities. At this time we will be closed until further notice, as directed by Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Wolf. We will continue with our remote learning plan for the duration of the closure. We will keep this information updated as we learn more. Please visit our social media sites for the most up-to-date communications regarding this evolving situation.
For more information about our respite program, contact Meagan Trimbur at 412-749-2805 or fill out the form below to request more information.