THE PARENT EXPERIENCE
The parent experience at My Time Inc consists of 7 programs where parents meet in a nonjudgmental environment to share their experiences and give solutions and comfort to each other.
The children will always get the services but who is looking out for the parent? Who is supporting them when they feel overwhelmed or even when it may be difficult for them to find or get support within their own family?
My Time Inc want to fill that void. The most amazing aspect they themselves are building positive and healthy relationships and supports from each other and finally understanding that they are not alone.
As a parent of a child with autism you are your child’s best advocate. It is ultimately your responsibility to assure your child is receiving the appropriate services.
First, it is important to educate yourself on ASD and in particular your child’s disability.
Second, collaborate with your child’s teacher and school while forming a good relationship.
Third, understand your rights under the law, which will be the key to your success.
As the community knows and becomes more aware about the disorder there is a shift towards others being empathetic rather than sympathetic to the families in the community. Our continuing workshops strives to accomplish this task with the DD population and the broader community. Community Awareness component comprise of collaborating with the community leaders, schools, churches and organizations in having forums, discussions and events about Autism.
A quality and effective social and recreational program which provides support for 25 parents, grandparents and/or caregivers of children with Autism and Developmental Disabilities living at home, on a zoom platform to better foster communication and interaction between themselves and the broader community.
My Time Inc. saw the need for a “Me Time” from the frustrations of many parents not finding or making time and feeling unable emotionally or physically to properly provide for their child. These activities include Bowling, Movies, Broadway Shows, Operas, Galas to name a few.
At My Time Inc, we believe in providing positive and emotional support for our parents raising a child with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities. We provide monthly workshops via a zoom platform giving parents strategies to manage emotions, challenging and related stressors while raising their child. Parents feel a sense of belonging, confidant and support during these workshops. Due to the pandemic we created E-Circle of support so parents can be assured they are not alone.
Nutrition and Health
At My Time Inc while we focus on the providing the tools for our parents as it relates to autism and developmental disabilities. We promote nutrition and health wellness workshops that encompasses proper diets, food choices, reading labels, yoga, meditation and mindfulness.
Parent support at My Time Inc is the commitment of parents coming together to share their joys and concern in raising a child with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities as well as knowing they are not alone. Having a supportive and positive group of people around you can be very rewarding. When parents have someone to talk with and share ideas about their parenting journey, they feel supported. Parents do best when they feel heard, and the whole family benefits too. Even a small amount of parent support and information can help build resilience in families. Parents also learn strategies to help them deal with societal views of themselves and their child/children.
Parents attend workshops on understanding their child/children’s disability, Individualized. Education Plan, obtaining appropriate resources, knowing their rights, entitlements, and benefits which enables them to be the biggest advocate for their child. These workshops are created to empower the parents with the knowledge of the educational terminology presented to them when they attend their child/children's educational reviews, reading their child’s progress and help in making critical decisions that affect the lives of the child/children with Autism or other developmental disabilities. Information is key.