Special Needs Respite Care & Reaching Goals
When I first learned about special needs respite care
I thought it meant babysitting. I was not aware of the
exciting and interesting places involved, the
activities included, and the goals that were reached.
Today, with both parents usually having to hold full-
time employment, it is hard enough to get your
child into an after-school program, let alone find
one that will give your child personal attention. Now
realize how much more challenging a situation is
when your child has “special needs” to find respite
There is an excellent special needs respite care
program through Sensory Swim where special
needs children get the one-on-one attention and
actually work on goals that pertain to your child.
For instance, if your child has Autism and you are
seeking respite care, you want to know that your child
will first be safe.
Next, with the respite care situation, you want your child
to have fun and enjoy the time and relationship with the
respite care person. Just imagine how wonderful it would
be if your child could be taken places, participate in
activities that help them with their occupational, speech
and physical therapy needs.
What a great feeling to know that your child has a
respitecare situation that will give them the individual
attention they deserve, the love and care they need
and new experiences that they will enjoy and will help
them reach some of their goals.
Overcoming Sensory Challenges With Special
Sensory Swim’s special needs respite care provider,
Needs Respite Care
Andrew, takes the children he works with to the movies,
taking into consideration how the volume, the plot, the
details of the movie may affect your child.
If your child has an issue with “sensory overload and
crowds”, Andrew makes sure that he takes your child
to a place that he/she will enjoy. He will make sure to
only work on overcoming some of the sensory challenges
– without pushing the limits.
When providing respite care, he may take your child
to the Inner Harbor or on a field trip that challenges
your child to work on social issues, speech, balance and
coordination, motor planning. So as your child is being
watched carefully during their special needs respite
care, they are growing and learning and mostly,
enjoying themselves not realizing that they are nearing
the achievement of one goal at a time.
When your child with special needs is in the hands of a
special needs respite care person, it seems a waste
of time if he/she is just sitting around and doing nothing,
not being stimulated, and not having that personalized
If your child loves trains or has a specific interest where
he/she opens up and comes alive at even the mention of
subject, Andrew will research and find the best place to
take your child, the best game to play with your child,
the best movements that will relate to that subject.
When special needs respite care is given through
Sensory Swim, a parent can rest easy, knowing that
Andrew who worked for years as a Crisis Intervention
Specialist for the state of Maryland can handle any and
all situations that may arise. As in all our lives, some
days are just more difficult, frustrating or challenging
then other days.
The same is true for special needs children, but to a
greater level if, for instance, they are nonverbal and
cannot express their needs, desires, and dislikes.
Some special needs children have sensory issues that
will make even simple daily tasks very complicated for
a parent. So if your child is someone with these issues
and you are seeking respite care, where do you turn?
How do you find a respite care program or person who
will be patient and work through these activities with love
and respect towards your child? It seems almost impossible,
but does exist.
Sensory Swim's Philosophy On
Sensory Swim’s respite care philosophy is all about loving and
Special Needs Respite Care
respecting your child while working with them and seeing that
they have a great time! If the person who is providing respite care
to your child does not like his/her job and is there just for the
“paycheck” it will reflect on the kind of care your child receives.
If, however, your child has a respite care person who loves his/her
job and truly enjoys the challenges of seeing goals reached and
new ones set, then your child will prosper, be safe, and enjoy their
time in that setting.
So many respite care providers state that they care,
that your childwill be safe, that you need not be
concerned. But when they are left alone with your child, i
f their heart is not in the right place, how much attention
do you think your child will receive? What goals do you
think will be accomplished? It doesn’t matter whether your child
has great or poor receptive skills, they will pick up on how much they
are loved and being care for.
Your child can tell, even if they cannot express it,
how much their respite care provider is “into” them and
enjoying their time together. It may be one hour or eight hours,
timeis time and should not be wasted. There are some days
where yourchild may just have had a hard time and needs to relax.
Wouldn’t it be beneficial for the person providing the
special needs respite care to him/her to be sensitive
to that fact and flexible enough to change course at a
moment’s notice? Absolutely! If your child had a very
inactive day and needed to get out and get some sort
of exercise away from the stationary computer/TV mode,
wouldn’t it ease your mind if you knew that the person you
hired for respite care understood the importance to get
your child moving and doing things that were healthy?
When choosing a special needs respite care provider,
think about what goals you and the therapists have set for
your child. Consider these goals as well as what your child
really enjoys, whether it be music, computers, superheroes,
etc., and some new experiences you would like to see
your child experience. Sensory Swim can provide these
new experiences through its special needs respite care
service. Your child will not only be safe, but they will look
forward to their time with Andrew and you will have that
assurance that will make life a bit easier.
Enroll in special needs respite care with Andrew today