A Typical Respite Care Night
While parents enjoy an evening out, their children enjoy an evening of fun with their peers and are encouraged to participate in activities according to their individual abilities. Siblings are welcome! Care is provided for children from infancy to age 21. Exceptions have been made on the age limit and will be determined per each individual interview.
Activities on a typical respite care night include:
During this time, children are arriving and they become acquainted with their surroundings, their teachers, and their peers. They use their imaginations while playing with building blocks, play dough, stickers, coloring books, and a large selection of sensory input toys.
Arts and Crafts
Our arts and crafts therapy encourages creativity and aids in concentration. Children express themselves and enjoy self gratification upon completing their projects.
Music stimulates the senses and involves children at any age, at any level. It facilitates many developmental skills and is highly motivating. It is an excellent way for children to express their emotions. The music selected fosters a positive self image and children are given instruments to play.
Interaction with pets can have a positive effect on children. Caring for an animal creates a sense of responsibility. Loving a furry animal can lift an child’s mood and gives them something to focus on outside themselves.
Stories ignite children’s interests. Storytelling is interesting and helps children lean about other people, places and things. Children are encouraged to interact and let their imaginations flow. It is an excellent way to interact with a child who has special needs.
Children enjoy spending time in the gym, where they can play basketball, ride tricycles, bowl, run and just be kids. The play ground was build especially for children with disabilities and special needs. Recreational activities increase attention spans, improve decision making and increase independence for making choices.\
Just before parents return to pick up their children, the kids have time to relax and unwind while watching a movie. Movies are carefully selected for content.
Meals and snacks are provided between activities.
Disabilities We Serve
Respite care is available to children from infancy to 21 years of age. Siblings are welcome!
A broad range of disabilities is serviced by Aaron’s Staff, including but not limited to:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Down’s Syndrome
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Seizure Disorders
- Spina Bifida
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Visual and Hearing impairments
Aaron’s Staff is unable to serve children with self-injuring or aggressive behaviors or those with a severe psychiatric diagnosis.
Cost and Reservations
There is No Cost, but Reservations are Required. Aaron’s Staff is a non-profit organization, and there is never a fee to the families we serve.
Reservations should be made no later than the Wednesday prior to the day when respite care is desired. Donations are accepted anytime.
Our personnel are thoroughly trained, some are CPR certified, and have completed our application and interview process, and have clear criminal background checks. Medical personnel are on site.