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Respite and Support

Through individual and group respite and support, we provide families with a chance to relax, connect, and enjoy social activities. Teens and young adults can register for our social groups in order to build friendships and develop their social skills.

Individual Support

We provide support for individuals with autism both at home and in the community.To learn more about this program — or how to become qualified Individual Support Assistant —please contact us at 1-800-200-2119 or info@esmw.org.

Group

Drop-Off Respite

We have Drop-Off Respite two Saturdays each month from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. for children with autism ages 12 and under. Our staff offer a wide selection of activities. Small staff-to-program-participant ratios are important to us. To ensure a fun, safe experience, we always maintain a ratio of at least 1:3. If requested, we can also provide one-on-one support.

Current schedule for Drop-Off Respite:

Pre-registration is required. We begin taking reservations on the first of the month, and openings fill up quickly. A completed application is required, and paperwork will be updated yearly.

For more information or to learn how to register via signupgenius.com,
please call our Group Events Supervisor at 314-567-8190.

Teen/Young Adult Group Interactive Fridays

These social groups provide supportive environments for teens and young adults with autism to develop social skills and build friendships. We host a social group for teens, ages 11-17 (or grades 7-12), and a group for young adults, ages 18-25.

Current schedule for Interactive Fridays:

Location will vary based on activities.
 
*Although we do our best to schedule events on Friday nights, the day may change depending upon the activity. If events do not fill up, they may be opened up to the other age group.
 
In order to participate, individuals must have conversational language skills with limited interfering behaviors. Participants should have a desire to build friendships, even if they are still developing social skills. We encourage individuals who need 1:1 or 1:2 support to attend our first Friday events.
 
We schedule activities on a monthly basis. These activities may include:
•    Rock Climbing
•    Attending plays and musicals
•    Sports events
•    Holiday parties
•    Arcades
•    Swimming
•    Hayrides

Social Groups

In our various regions, we provide members of our community with additional social groups besides Teen/Young Adult Interactive Fridays and Drop-Off Respite. To learn more about the social opportunities in your region, please contact us at 1-800-200-2119 or info@esmw.org.

What regions offer Individual and Group Respite?

Our Group Respite program is based in St. Louis, Missouri. However, individual respite and other social groups may be found throughout the regions we serve:

Eastern Missouri
Northwest Missouri
Southeast Missouri
Central Missouri
Southwest Missouri

Please note that not all programs are available at each location. Please contact your regional office for a complete list of services offered in your region. For a full list of our offices, please visit our Locations page.

To learn more about our programs at Easterseals Midwest,
please contact us at 1-800-200-2119 or info@esmw.org.

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