Teaching Respite


Developmental Services recognizes that there are many families who are planning for their adolescent sons or daughters to some day move into a supported or independent living arrangement. For many of these families even short periods of respite are often unavailable. This popular program was designed to offer adolescents and young adults opportunities to learn and practice skills necessary for independent living while at the same time providing their families with a weekend of respite.

Participants arrive late Friday afternoon and stay until late Sunday afternoon. They are matched with peers according to age and interests and are involved in all aspects of planning the weekend activities. Opportunities to experience different leisure activities and learn about community resources are provided with recreational and community outings often planned around seasonal community events.

The program goals include offering individuals opportunities to improve their adaptive skills in a safe and supervised setting while providing families with a short period of respite. The costs associated with this service are usually covered through individual funding such as SSAH or Passports.

For further information or to make a referral please contact us at 345-1290.