The Watson Institute has inclusive respite services that create a camp-like setting for children with and without special needs. 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 Day Respite programs have a high staff-to-child ratio and a nurse present at all times.
Who is eligible to attend the respite program?
Watson’s respite program is designed for children with autism spectrum disorder, developmental delays and neurological impairments and their siblings. Children dependent on medical technology are not eligible for this experience. All school age children with special needs ages 3-21 and their siblings ages 3-13 are eligible for the day respite program. There are a limited number of spaces for each program to ensure that each child receives the proper amount of attention.
Why was the respite program created?
The main purpose of Watson’s Respite program is to give children with special needs the opportunity to interact with other children of similar ages and different abilities in a fun, supervised setting. Also, the level of care provided gives parents an opportunity to tend to some of their own needs, such as working or relaxing, while their children are safe and having fun.
Watson offers day respites in the spring and fall. Download our most current Respite flyer to see our current dates and locations for fall 2017.
For more information on our respite programs contact Lisa Husar at 412-914-8826 or fill out the form below to request an appointment.