Every parent needs a break now and then. For parents of children with autism, that need is multiplied. Finding the right person to take care of your child while you take a much needed break can be difficult. Through the support of our social skills coaches and volunteer network, WAAA created the Gift of Time program to provide parents with options for respite care, and at the same time provide your child with a supervised opportunity for meaningful social interaction.

Center-based Gift of Time

The Gift if Time respite program strengthens families with children of varying ages with autism by giving the parents or caregivers a much needed break.  A dynamic group of volunteers bring supported recreational programming to children with autism in a safe and calm environment.

Behavioral health staff will oversee trained volunteers – who are closely monitored and supported.  Gift of Time staff and mentors provide a crucial sense of normalcy to the children through shared joy and respect. Pre-registration and admission is required prior to attendance.

Please note – we need to get to know your child’s unique likes, dislike, challenges and strengths; identify the right volunteer mentor and ensure we have a very good fit prior to placing with a volunteer.  Once your registration is received and accepted, you will be contacted to schedule a meet and greet, at our Redmond office, to ensure the proper match between youth and staff.

When: Saturday, September 23, 2017, 11:00am-3:00pm

Where: Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 10021 NE 124th St, Kirkland, WA

RSVP Deadline: September 18, 2017

Serving Ages: 11-19 years old

Cost: Free

We need to get to know your child’s unique likes and dislikes and strengths to identify the right volunteer mentor for your child. Please download and complete the intake form. –>

Space is limited so pre-register soon! (Registration does not guarantee a place in the program.)

Register here or contact Korina Heard to register.

These events are made possible through the generous sponsorship of an anonymous donor. We couldn’t do it without help from all of our donors as well as the support, space, and volunteers from our amazing friends at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church in Kirkland.







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