Posted in Child Care, Developmental Disorders, Potty Training

Childcare struggles

I have a new job and am going to be working outside the home now which brings the struggle of finding daycare. My stepson is 5, autistic and not potty trained. I am having issues finding a childcare facility that can take him because he is in diapers at 5. What alternatives or solutions has anyone else found for this issue? We have tried potty training and it stresses him out because he doesn't understand and his therapist said to wait until he is more verbal.

  • Amy
    Jun 17

    Have you looked into home daycares if allowed in your state? It's something I've considered because I live in a military community and lots of spouses take the opportunity to make extra income (usually they have children of their own). With less children than big daycares, they can be more attentive to your child's needs. Depending on the care giver, some will have cameras that you can monitor or they'll happily provide updates through out the day. You get the opportunity to connect better with the care giver as well. Price will vary but wouldnt hurt to look locally.

  • Anonymous
    Jun 17

    Is he old enough for public school? I’d talk to the pediatrician about getting him evaluated for early intervention programs

  • Julie
    Jun 17

    I’d look into home daycare. Also definitely have him evaluated for early intervention...I hope that’s already been done but you need to find out what your state offers and how to get him the help he needs. Did he just finish kindergarten or is he starting this fall?

  • Scarlett
    Jun 17

    He is starting this fall. We have had him evaluated and he is already in OT and Speech therapy

  • Julie
    Jun 18

    The other possibility could be a nanny for the summer, someone he could bond with who can devote the time to help him.

  • Lisa
    Jun 23

    See if you can get him ABA, they help a lot and most of them have their own centers, where you bring you child as to day care- they work full time. They use medical insurance to cover the expenses. This is the best for autistic child

  • Scarlett
    Jun 23

    What's ABA?

  • Jessica
    Jun 25

    Not sure how it works where you live but I live in MA and I work in early intervention and the program (0-3) helps with the public school transition and helps kiddos get placed in special education to help with their needs... if a kindergarten special education classroom isn’t an option, I think the home daycare setting would be better for your kiddo. There will hopefully be more attention to his needs and help support him in potty training. ABA is specialty services for kiddos who have autism. It’s a program that has therapists come out to your house to support your stepson in his routines/development. Good luck in your search

  • Scarlett
    Jun 25

    He is going to kindergarten and is gonna be in the appropriate classroom for his autism. The issue is afterschool care.

  • Lisa
    Jun 27

    You can find therapist that could work with your schedule. Just look for ABA in your area. I’m sure that can help