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.
Gift of Time at WE ROCK THE SPECTRUM!
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. WAAA is partnering with We Rock The Spectrum, a gym for all kids, who is also committed to providing a safe, nurturing, and fun environment to foster learning, exploration and safe sensory experiences.
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: MLK Day, Monday January 15th, 11:00am-3:00pm
Where: We Rock The Spectrum, 1910 132nd Ave NE #7, Bellevue, WA 98005
RSVP Deadline: January 8th, 2018
Serving Ages: 5-10 years old
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.)