Today as an autism mom, I'm thankful for the respite providers that come over and give me breaks once in a while. I don't know how I survived before I figured out how to get the benefit of respite care. It is so nice to get a nap in and not worry about what my kids are getting into, go to the store ALL BY MYSELF, have some help when they have doctor's appointments or when we want to go out as a family or get a date night with my honey. They really are lifesavers for me, as far as my mental health is concerned. Right now I get respite care through our insurance, but I know that many states give respite care to parents of children with autism through their Medicaid programs.