Working With Autism News Release: “Specialized Respite Services”

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Working With Autism offers new specialized respite services to families in need of downtime.

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Autism services organization, Working With Autism Inc. announced the start of a new “Specialized Respite Services” program. The service was designed to offer professional temporary relief to family members or other caregivers of children with autism. Working With Autism’s launch of the program is aimed at further fostering well-being in the hundreds of families they serve.

While in the WWA program, the client is provided with in-home, non-medical care, promoting their basic self-help needs and participation in other activities, while family members or caregivers are given a personal break from their role to attend to errands and appointments, engage in social activities or just take time for themselves.

Dr. Hilya Delband, Director of Clinical Development and Marketing, explained what sets this service apart from the usual caregiving experience:

“Our respite care staff have training in applied behavior analysis (ABA) techniques and are therefore better equipped to manage any behavioral challenges that may arise when caring for a child with autism.”

In addition to having specialized behavioral education, WWA respite service staff hold current CPR and First Aid certifications and maintain regular crisis prevention intervention training to insure the safety of clients. Working With Autism’s goal is in assuring all family members can leave the home in clear conscience knowing their child or loved one is receiving excellent care and the continuity of implementation of behavioral tactics that have proven successful.

Contact a regional service coordinator at the North Los Angeles County and Westside Regional Centers for specialized respite services eligibility.

About Working With Autism Inc.
Formed in 1997, Working With Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders is a leading organization specializing in the treatment of autism. Their treatment approach emphasizes behavior modification, teaching new skills and appropriate behaviors through applied behavior analysis (ABA) and discrete trial training (DTT). The agency develops individualized programs to capitalize on each child’s unique strengths in order to improve their adaptive functioning, specifically addressing the core deficits of autism (behaviors, social functioning and communication). The agency's goal is to provide each child with the resources necessary to successfully achieve functional daily living skills, appropriate peer relationships, and placement in an appropriate school environment.

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