Home care services are not just for adults. These personalised services are also available for children who have additional needs, including autism. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates, understands and interacts with the world. Home care services can help parents to care for their child with autism in a variety of different ways. Below we explain how a home care service can benefit you and your child with autism.
Help with any daily living needs
A home care service can help your child with any daily living needs. This can include helping them to learn about healthy food options and learning how to cook and prepare meals. Picture Exchange System (PECS) can be used to create easy to follow guides. It is also vital to be aware of sensory needs and the importance of the sensory diet. Home care provision can help your child to remain as independent as possible with their personal care needs.
Help with appointments
You will probably have many appointments to attend, including the GP, specialists such as a dietician or Speech and Language Therapist and school. Home care support can help to support you and your child during these visits, including any home visits. They are there to support you in caring for your child.
A buddy service
Children with autism are incredibly vulnerable when outside of the home and their known environment. That is why a buddy service is so very valuable. A buddy can go with your child on a shopping trip, for a meal out and to meet friends. This means that they can continue to socialise and explore the world in a safe way.
Finally, there is also respite care for carers of children with additional needs such as autism. We all need time out for ourselves. It may be just having the chance to go for a swim by yourself or to meet up with friends. You may need respite to have a night away or to just have a few hours to yourself. Respite services are adapted to you and your needs.