Family Support Services
"Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier." - Mother Teresa
TERI Respite serves a wide range of children and adults. Many of the individuals in our respite program have autism and we have designed environments, supports and activities to meet their unique needs. We also have a long and successful history of working with individuals who have challenging behaviors. Respite care is funded by the San Diego Regional Center or parent tuition.
In Home Respite
Our trained staff are available 7 days a week to families throughout San Diego county who are raising a child or adult with autism or other developmental disabilities within the home setting. For more information please call 760-721-1706, ext. 120.
Out of Home Respite
The Out-of-Home Respite program offers services at TERI's Learning Academy in Oceanside, CA or at TERI's Country School in San Marcos, CA. This includes Saturday recreation opportunities and a Boys Night Out program. Activities include swimming, horseback riding, socialization, fitness center, music therapy, and community outings. A staff to student ratio of 1:1, 1:2 or 1:3 is maintained to assure that individuals have the support needed.
Boys Night Out and Girls Night Out
Located at TERI's Fitness Center, Boys Night Out and Girls Night Out activities include: aerobic, circuit training, basketball, bowling, swimming, arcades and dinner in the community. Ages 15-22 are welcome to join the group.
The Respite Social Club has a focus on fun and making new friends. Children of all ages learn social skills through activities such as art, music, games, and outings. The Social Club meets after school and on Sundays. The new drama and musick club will be meeting on Thursdays from 3:30pm - 6:00pm beginning in September.
Director of Family Support Services
Amy Schaffner has been with TERI for over 25 years providing support to people with developmental disabilities. Her career began in Early Childhood Development when she developed an interest and love for working with special needs children. Amy works with the San Diego Regional Center providing advocacy, referrals, in-home respite, out-of-home respite, and camp programs to families. Amy enjoys hanging with her family on the weekends; she has three children, two which are actively involved in community sports and one in college.