Children Services

Autism Spectrum Disorder Respite Services

WHO is this for?

Bethesda’s Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Respite Services are for children and youth between the ages of 2½  and 17 with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder who reside in the Niagara Region.

is provided?

The ASD Respite Services offer a variety of programs including:

After School Social Skills Respite Program
This program operates at Bethesda as well as in the community. Children and 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 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. 

Saturday Respite Program
Each program operates for 3 ½ hours on Saturdays over a four-week period at Bethesda as well as in the community. Children and youth learn social skills while participating in community outings.

Pre-School Respite Program
This program is offered to children ages 2 1/2 to 5. It runs once a week for 6 weeks from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 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  in collaboration with an Autism Resource Consultant. 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 Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at various locations in the Niagara Region. Children and youth attend one week and will be grouped together according to their age and developmental level. March Break camps and Christmas Drop-In programs are also available.

Coordination of Respite Flex Fund
This program provides “Flex Dollars” to a family to purchase respite services within the community. The funds are managed through a community committee.  


HOW are these services accessed?