Safe Spaces for Kids. Special Support for Families.
The YMCA Autism Respite Program provides one-on-one interaction and recreation for children with autism, while giving families the time and support they need to thrive. Sessions are led by YMCA staff who have completed Autism 101 training designed by Autism Society of Colorado and have experience and interest in working with children with special needs. The program is not limited to autism exclusively, and children experiencing other cognitive or developmental disabilities are welcome.
They lead the kids individually, in three-hour sessions, doing activities especially designed to promote comfort and interaction, including:
- Gross motor play, like tumbling
- Puzzles and sensory toys
- Swimming and aquatics, which have been shown to be beneficial for children with autism based on the static pressure of the water
The program has been touted as a game-changer for families. It helps children achieve milestones in their treatment and improve their communication skills. At the same time, it provides a source of support and partnership for families.
For more information, please contact Sarah Macklberg at 303 797 9622. Financial aid may be available from the YMCA. Easter Seals vouchers and funding from Developmental Pathways and Autism Society of Colorado are also accepted.