It's important for your family to be able to go out and do the things you want to do.
Sometimes this means finding someone you trust to take care of your child for a few hours.
Why is it important?
Spouses and partners need time together. This will help them be strong parents.
Siblings need their own time with parents. Otherwise they may resent their sibling with autism.
Families need to be part of their community. This will give them support.
What to look for in a babysitter (or caregiver):
Has experience working with children with autism
Knows your child and how to be with them
Your child likes and trusts this person
How to find the right person?
Ask around for suggestions from people who know your child. Ask therapists and teachers. Ask any service agencies you are working with.
Call your local Families Helping Families Network. (Click on the name to see a list of local centers open in a new tab on your screen.) Ask them for advice on finding a babysitter.
Read this blog from a parent who has been there: 5 Tips for Finding a Babysitter for your Child with Special Needs.
Try this website: Care.com. Choose "Special Needs Provider" and put in your zip code.
Before you leave them alone, meet a few times to let them and your child get to know each other!
Sources: Families Helping Families, Exceptional Lives
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