It can be difficult to find reliable child care these days. If you are the parent to a special needs child, then it can be even harder for you to find the right child care provider for them. Fortunately, you have a number of options.

Family Care 

If you have relatives near you, then you can ask them if they will watch your child. You will be able to rest assured that your child will be taken care of by someone who loves them. However, this may cause some issues. You and your relatives will have to agree on a fair pay rate. You will also have to clarify the boundaries.


You can hire a live-in or live-out nanny. One of the many great things about having a nanny is that they can provide your child care inside of the home. You will not have to worry about having to pick them up or drop them off every day. If you choose a nanny, then you will need to select one who has had experience working with special needs children.

Special Needs Daycare 

Daycare centers are not allowed to discriminate against children with disabilities because of the Americans With Disabilities Act. Daycare centers are required to evaluate the child and determine whether they will be a good fit for the daycare. Because many traditional daycares are not suited for children with disabilities, you should choose one that cares for special needs children.

You can find a special needs daycare by getting in contact with the support groups in your area. You can also reach out to other parents who have a special needs child. Additionally, the National Dissemination Center for Children With Disabilities can help you find a special needs daycare in your area.

Respite Care 

Caring for a child with special needs can be exhausting. If you need a temporary break, then you can use respite care. Respite care is short-term care that is designed to alleviate stressed-out caregivers. You can arrange respite care for one day or a few weeks. A local agency can help you find a respite care provider in your area.

Special Needs Camp 

You can give yourself a break and allow your child to socialize with other children by taking them to a special needs camp. Special needs camps have a variety of programs and activities. They help children become more independent and build long-lasting friendships. Furthermore, the camps have medical staff who can accommodate the physical and mental needs of the children.

Glamping for camping is an event that raises funds for children to attend a special needs camp. This makes it possible for children to attend despite their family’s economic background.