Some regional centers ask parents or guardians of a child with a disability to “trade” respite hours for other services, like socialization training or socialization groups. However, this limits the services your child receives. Respite hours give you and other family members a break from caring for your child. A child’s need for socialization is unrelated to the family’s need for a break from the responsibility of care and supervision. The regional center must consider each need independently and individually.