Finding babysitters you can trust

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?

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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