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Weekend Respite Care

At Kids On The Move, we understand that having a young child with special needs, quite often, requires a tremendous amount of time and energy. This is why we offer respite care.

What is Respite Care

Respite Care Utah at Kids On The Move is the temporary care of children with special needs, providing a short period of rest or relief to their usual caregivers. We provide Respite Care for children with special needs to give their families a 3 hour break on weekend nights so caregivers can relieve stress, renew energy, and restore balance. We also offer fee-based, weekday respite care services by appointment only.

Who is Eligible

We serve children who are:

  • birth to 12 years old
  • diagnosed with a special need that is an intellectual, behavioral, or physical disability.
  • able to be at respite until 9:00 p.m. without it disturbing their bedtime routine.
  • not on 100% oxygen or excessively medically fragile.
  • free of a history of sexually inappropriate or aggressive behavior.
  • in a family that does not already have resources that provides them with a break from caregiving.

Donating to Respite Care

– Donate financially:

– Donate in-kind:

  • Goldfish crackers,
  • Welch’s fruit snacks (Welch’s has the preferred texture for our clients and is gluten free),
  • Bottled water – standard size
  • Popular board games
  • New hard plastic toys with no small pieces.



475 W 260 N, Orem, UT 84057

Frequently Asked Questions

What does respite care cost?

Our program is free to families. We are funded through generous foundations, corporations, fundraising events, and individual donations. Our fee-based program, by appointment only, is $20 per hour.

How often can my child attend respite?

Because we have a waiting list, we currently offer one night per month to each family. There is an on-call list for families waiting for services.

What does a typical night of respite look like for my child?

At every respite night, we have two staff members on-site depending on the needs of the child – one is a nurse or a behavioral center manager, and the other is a volunteer supervisor. The respite staff will pair your child with a screened, trained volunteer who will spend the evening playing with your child and keeping her/him in a safe group environment. We provide one-on-one care. Our respite staff checks on each child/volunteer pair every 15 minutes to ensure their safety and happiness. We require our volunteers to never be alone with their children and to stay in a group environment.

What is the typical schedule?

6:00 -7:30 p.m. – Free play (Recreational and/or Educational plans are developed if parents request them.)

7:30 p.m. – Peanut-free snacks are offered.

8:00 p.m. – Play continues at our colorful, fun facility, or a movie is offered as a choice.

9:00 p.m. – Children are picked up by their awesome parents

How are my child’s toileting needs met at respite?

For toileting needs, we have children of all ages who are completely dependent and need diaper changes. We also have children who are completely independent. When a child requires a diaper change or needs to use the restroom independently, two people are always present– a member of our staff and a volunteer.  Children are allowed their privacy based on their ability to use the restroom.

How are my child’s behavior and medical needs addressed?

At the intake interview, we will review any behavioral and medical needs regarding your child. Either the nurse or our behavioral center manager will develop a plan to handle your child’s needs in a positive, loving way.

Are typical siblings eligible to attend respite nights?

Our program is limited to only children with behavioral and/or physical disabilities.

Where can I find services, if my child is older than 13 years?

Northern Utah
Utah Division of Services for People with Disabilities

TURN Community Services
Summer Program
1921 North 1120 West
Provo, UT 84604
(801) 343-3900

Best Buddies
BYU Center for Service & Learning

BYU Experience
BYU Center for Service & Learning

BYU Center for Service & Learning

Scenic View

Southern Utah
Utah Division of Services for People with Disabilities

Turn Community Services
523 Sunland Drive Suite 5A
St George, UT

Red Rock Center for Independence (RRCI)
168 N 100 E #101
St. George, UT 84770
Phone: (435) 673-7501

Weekday Respite Care

Weekday Respite Care is a paid option for parents of children with special needs to have a safe place to leave their child(ren) for a short period of time during the day. Parents may want to go grocery shopping, schedule doctor appointments, meet with a friend, or have some alone time for themselves. Qualified respite staff along with the help of volunteers provide this respite care.


$20 per hour per child. Caregivers can schedule up to three hours. Payment by credit card or check following care.


Located at our Lehi classroom, 850 South 1700 West Lehi, UT 84043


The second Wednesday of each month from 2-5pm.


Children birth to 12 years old – only children who don’t require nursing care and meet our behavioral criteria.


Schedule directly with the Respite Care Director by calling 801.221.9930, Extension 207


Call our Respite Care Director at 801.221.9930, Extension 207


LEHI, UT | 850 SOUTH 1700 WEST LEHI, UT 84043

Our Lehi Utah Fee-based Weekday Respite Care services are held within the Kids On The Move satellite location. This satellite location is a classroom on the Southeast grounds of Snow Springs Elementary School and has Kids On the Move signage. This lovely little classroom space is perfect for children with special needs with two fun playrooms.