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Choosing a Daycare Facility For Your Autistic Child

by Katherine on December 4, 2011

As parents, we always want the best for our child and this is why we take pains in choosing the best care for them. If you are a parent of an autistic child and are looking for a daycare provider or preschool, here are some tips in finding the best care for your child -

1. Create a list of the daycare services in your area

The first thing you need to do is to assess the available daycare services in your area. When creating your list, keep in mind that there are many daycare options. Check out all the possibilities and do not limit yourself into one particular setting. Doing so will limit your choices and may not give you most ideal set up for your child. Check out the public, private as well as the co-op schools. You can also consider home daycare facilities.

To get a comprehensive list of available services in your area, you can do one of the following things -

  • Do a Google search of the available daycare services for special children.
  • Ask your child’s physician for recommendations and referrals.
  • Inquire at your child’s school.
  • Talk to other parents of children with special needs.

2. Do some research and trim down your list to your top choices.

To be able to trim your list down, it is important that you do some research and find out some details about your daycare services options. Check out web reviews, ask for feedback from other parents, teachers or your child’s physician.

You can also contact the daycare facility and ask for an appointment to check out their facilities and to interview the staff. This will give you a first hand view of how the daycare facility operates. When visiting and speaking with the daycare staff, do not be shy to ask about their staff’s education, qualifications and experience in handling autistic children. You need this information and the most qualified daycare facility will not hesitate to discuss these with you.

It is always a good idea to schedule your visit during the weekday when they have some children present. This way, you can observe how the staff interacts with the children. You can also see how they discipline children and how they handle playtime as well.

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