Finding a Sitter for Children with Disabilities
As the parent of a child with a disability, it's always a challenge to find a babysitter that you trust who's also familiar with your child's personality and needs. For many, it's a match that they're never quite able to make. Nannies and babysitters who are often excellent with most children may find themselves at a loss and unprepared to properly care for the needs of children on the spectrum, with sensory issues, or who have social challenges. This leaves little opportunity for parents to take time for themselves to rest and recharge, which is equally important in the grand scale.
Having an option for a safe space with trained therapists and special education professionals on staff is a wonderful option for these parents. At Therapeutic Playground, we offer regular Play Nights or Play Days for children from kindergarten through sixth grade to give parents the opportunity to do a little something for themselves while their children enjoy great socialization and playtime.
These one-night or one-day “mini camps" last 2 ½ hours and take place from either 5:30-8:00pm at night or from 1:00-3:30pm on a Saturday. We hold them regularly at our custom-built sensory gym which is staffed with knowledgeable staff and volunteers with experience caring for children with sensory or learning challenges. Every play night includes:
- Snack time
- Movie time
- Plenty of games
- Lots of free time to use the gym
All children are welcome at our Play Nights and Play Days although they're especially suited for children with autism, ADD/ADHD, sensory issues, and those who need little extra help with social skills. Our gym features swings, a zip line, climbing walls, a slide, and much more specifically designed to offer a structured environment that encourages the development of sensory, communication, and motor skills, as well as self-esteem and social skills. It a wonderful, enriching place for kids to interact and play.
Our Play Nights and Play Days feature a limited number of spots, so please sign up early. Visit our site to find the email form to hold a spot and simply email it back, or feel free to call us with any questions. Spots are filled on a first come, first serve basis and we will follow up with a more involved intake form. Each event is $50 per child. Please reach out anytime, we'd love to discuss our programs with you!