Respite & Behavior Support

The Summit Center provides a wide array of after school, evening, and home and community-based respite care services and respite programs for children with autism and other developmental disabilities to give you and your family a break from caring with your child with special needs. Our specialized respite programs include:

In-Home Respite Care Services:

Caring for a family member with a developmental disability often results in pressures not experienced by other parents or caregivers. Every family and child needs a break from typical day-to-day routines and responsibilities. The Summit Center’s respite program is prepared to do that by providing you and your family short-term relief by placing an experienced respite worker in an individual’s home who organizes and provides structured activities and supervision. Whether it’s a trip to the zoo, a walk to the ice cream store, or simply playing a game at home, the individual, parents or other caregivers have an opportunity to regroup and re-energize.
Eligibility: This program is funded by the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) Home and Community Based Services Waiver program. Certain eligibility requirements apply.

Customized Respite

This program offers specialized respite care services to families of children and young adults who are considered difficult to serve. The program offers the in-home support of a behavioral specialist and a staff trainer, as well as more intensive staffing when applicable. The mission of the program is to offer relief to those families who have had the most difficulty finding and maintaining appropriate and adequate support through traditional respite programs for their child with autism and other developmental disabilities. Criteria for enrollment in the program is based on a number of factors including severe behavioral challenges, family geographic location, number of children with developmental disabilities in the family and/or bilingual (Spanish/English) needs.
Eligibility: This program is funded through the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities Home and Community Based Services Waiver program. Certain eligibility requirements apply.

Summit Adventures – After School Respite

Summit’s after-school program provides a highly-specialized after school respite program for children with disabilities, ages 5 – 18, at our main location, 150 Stahl Road, Amherst. Summit Adventures provides structured activities to encourage each child’s social interaction and physical activity. The program operates year-round, Monday through Friday from 3 – 5:30 p.m., when Summit Academy is in session.
Eligibility: This program is funded by the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. Certain eligibility requirements apply.

Summit Expeditions – Evening and Saturday Respite Program

This specialized respite program offers structured recreational, play and leisure activities for children ages 6 – 18. The program operates 36 weeks per year on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings as well as Saturday afternoons at Summit’s Stahl Road location. Monthly field trips are included. The program is geared specifically toward meeting the needs of children with developmental disabilities, particularly those with moderate to severe behavioral challenges. Appropriate staffing ratios and behavioral supports are provided on-site and on field trips to encourage socialization and community integration opportunities for those children that may not otherwise have the opportunity to engage in such activities. Certain eligibility requirements apply.
Eligibility: This program is funded by the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. Certain eligibility requirements apply.

Contact: For additional information on our respite programs, please call 716-629-3400.