Leaving their child with a paid respite care worker, friend, neighbor, or even an extended family member, represents a potentially stressful situation for parents of children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Many parents generally feel guilty about leaving their child, but the unique needs of children with ASD make it all the more difficult, as special provisions must be made to ensure they are well taken care of in the parents absence. "Sharing Information About Your Child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder - What Do Respite or Alternative Caregivers Need to Know?" has the answers for situations like this. This invaluable resource will help parents decide what information to share with substitute caregivers and how best to organize it so as to make it easy to use and locate when needed. Such careful planning helps ensure that the child receives quality care, whether for a long or a short term. "Sharing Information About Your Child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder - What Do Respite or Alternative Caregivers Need to Know?" provides the tools for respite workers to safely and reliably address your child's needs during your absence.
Specific sections include blank forms to be completed, with lots of examples, generic information about the characteristics of ASD ready to share, and much more. A complimentary CD allow for complete individualization of all pertinent information. The payoff for parents is that they will be able leave home with greater peace of mind.
Beverly Vicker, M.S., by training, is an ASHA-certified speech language pathologist. She is the speech language consultant at the Indiana Resource Center for Autism (IRCA). The IRCA is part of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University. She confers with schools and families about issues related to autism spectrum disorders communication, behavior/positive behavior supports, and educational programming. She also writes, conducts research, and provides training. She is also the author of the WH Question Comprehension Test for students with ASD.