Respite for Caregivers

What is respite care?  Respite care offers temporary care of individuals with disabilities or complex medical needs, which provides usual caregivers with temporary relief of duties.  Caregivers can use respite care to allow themselves the opportunity to take a class, go to a movie, run errands, go grocery shopping, or enjoy any activity, while knowing their family member is being cared for properly. Why do I need respite care? Caregivers of children with special needs often face what is known as “Caregiver Burnout.” Stress and anxiety of handling a strenuous care schedule day-in and day-out can take a toll physically … Continue reading

Choosing Your Child’s Therapist

A prescription for physical, occupational, or speech therapy is like a prescription for antibiotics—you can have it filled wherever you choose. Unlike a medication, however, the therapist you choose will have an ongoing relationship with you and your child that your child may benefit from for years to come. You should choose carefully. Interview therapists and assess therapeutic settings to determine what will be the best fit for your whole family, as well as for your child. One of the most important qualities to look for in a therapist is their ability to communicate. So much of good pediatric therapy … Continue reading