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Autism Spectrum Disorder Respite Services

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Respite Services offer a variety of recreational activities for children/youth to enjoy with their peers.    

Referrals can be initiated through Contact Niagara.

The following services are offered through this program:

After School Social Skills Respite Program

This program operates at Bethesda, as well as within the community. Children/youth attend group sessions covering topics such as social skills, life skills, coping skills, leisure skills, and gross motor activities. Groups run weekly for seven weeks from 4:00pm to 7:30pm.

Saturday Respite Program

Each program operates for 3½ hours on Saturdays over a four-week period at Bethesda, as well as within the community. Children/youth learn social skills while participating in community outings.

Pre-School Respite Program

This program is offered to children ages to 5 years. It runs once a week for 6 weeks from 9:00am to 11:00am on Friday mornings at different Ontario Early Years Centres throughout the Niagara Region. The program is designed to enhance children’s social and play skills.

Intensive In-Home Respite Support Services

This program offers in-home respite relief to parents.  This service is intended for families who are unable to access other Respite Services available at Bethesda.

Respite Camps

Respite Camps are available in the summer at various locations in the Niagara Region.  March Break camps and Holiday Drop-In programs are also available.

Coordination of Respite Flex Fund

This program provides “Flex Dollars” for families to purchase respite services within the community.   

How are these services accessed? 

Referrals can be initiated through Contact Niagara.