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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


Drop-Off Respite

Drop-off is a facility-based respite program available to individuals on the autism spectrum ages 12 years and younger. We offer a wide selection of activities in a structured setting to accomodate varying needs and interests. At events, there is always a ratio of at least one staff to three children. One-on-one support is available, as well.

Current schedule for Drop-Off Respite:

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

Teen/Young Adult Group Interactive Fridays (TGIF)

Our Teen/Young Adult Group Interactive Fridays (TGIF) are designed to offer a supportive environment in which to improve social skills. These programs are designed for individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and who are age 11 and older. People who are interested in TGIF must have conversational language skills with limited interferring behaviors. Participants also must have a desire to be social, although they may still be developing the skills necessary to gain and maintain friendships. Participants desiring social interaction, but requiring 1:1 support are welcome to attend our First Friday events.

To better serve our participants, the program is split into three age groups. Current schedule for TGIF events each month:

We schedule activities on a monthly basis. These activities may include:
•    Rock Climbing
•    Attending plays and musicals
•    Sports events
•    Holiday parties
•    Arcades
•    Swimming
•    Hayrides

For more information about how to register for our Drop Off
please call 314-567-8190.

For more information about our TGIF program
please call Admissions at 314-567-8153.

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

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