Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy
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Thank you WAAA staff & Volunteers

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 volunteer network, WAAA created the Gift of Time program to provide parents with two options for respite care, and at the same time provide your child with a supervised opportunity for meaningful social interaction. You can choose a Gift of Time group event at a community location or an individualized in-home session.

Matchbox Derby!Center-based Gift of Time

In our quarterly Spectrum Respite and Recreation sessions, kids from 11 to 18 years who have ASD participate in recreational activities in a safe and calm environment. Activities include playing board games, interactive social games, and electronic games; engaging in gross motor and sensory activities; watching movies in the auditorium; and more. Plus, they can always move to one of the cozy corners to avoid overstimulation. Above all, they get to have fun and learn teamwork and cooperation in a comfortable, low-key setting under the watchful eye of trained volunteers and our behavioral health staff. Pre-registration and admission to the program are required for all participants.

Bubble magic

Bubble magic

  • When: Saturday March 7th, 11:00 – 3:00 pm
  • Where: Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 10021 NE 124th St, Kirkland, WA
  • RSVP & Pre-Registration Deadline: Feb. 7th 2015 via email: Yuni@washingtonautismadvocacy.org
  • Serving Ages: 11-18 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 Gift-of-Time-Spectrum-Respite-and-Recreation-Intake-Form.

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


The teens beat us at all the games!

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.

Gift of Time in your home

If you need respite care in your home, we will choose a volunteer who is a good fit for your child, based on information you provide. That volunteer focuses on initiating social engagement with your child while you take some time for yourself. However, we require that one parent be on-site at all times.

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