ABA Based Services and Supports for Children and Youth with ASD Central West Region
ErinoakKids and Kerry’s Place Autism Services are thrilled to announce a new service available to children and youth with ASD in Central West Region. The Ministry of Children and Youth Services has recently allocated resources to provide Applied Behaviour Analysis Based Services and Supports for Children and Youth with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Using an ABA approach, services and supports will focus on addressing the needs that children and youth with ASD have in the following key developmental areas:
Social / Interpersonal
Behaviour management / emotional regulation
Goals will be centred on child goals, family goals, and system goals. Each child’s goals will be developed jointly with the child, parent / guardian(s), service provider, and service provider clinician into an individualized service plan. Services provided will typically be provided for between 2 and 4 hours per week and for between 2 to 6 months in duration. Some services will occur on an individualized basis and others will be in small group formats based on the goals outlined on the child’s individualized service plan. Following completion of service, children are able to be re-referred to the wait list for additional blocks of service if needed.
In Central West Region ErinoakKids and Kerry’s Place Autism Services have co-lead responsibilities for the implementation and ongoing service delivery of the ABA-based Services and Supports Initiative. ErinoakKids is the lead for providing services for the younger children from birth to age 8 (grade 3) and is working in partnership with Woodview Children’s Centre, KidsAbility, and Dufferin Child and Family Services. Kerry’s Place Autism Services is the lead for providing services for the older children and youth from age 9 to the 18th birthday and is working in partnership with Community Living North Halton, Reach Out Centre for Kids, Peel Behavioural Services, Trellis Mental Health and Developmental Services, and Developmental Services Access Centre. Flexibility will occur for children and families regarding service providers to work with particularly for the children around the grade three level and also with multiple siblings with an ASD diagnosis.
Eligibility: Children and youth of age 0 – 17 (up to 18th birthday) are eligible for services if they have confirmation of an ASD diagnosis from a professional who is qualified to make a diagnosis of Autism / Autism Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), or Asperger’s Disorder. Diagnoses may be made by family physicians, paediatricians, psychiatrists, psychologists and psychological associates.
Referrals: Referrals may be made by:
Intake calls will be accepted starting on Monday, August 8th, 2011.
Referrals may be made by:
1. Calling the ABA Based Services and Supports Central Intake Line at 1-800-668-6432 or
2. Calling any one of the co-leads (ErinoakKids or Kerry’s Place Autism Services) or respective partner agencies:
Woodview Children’s Centre
Dufferin Child and Family Services
Kerry’s Place Autism Services
Reach Out Centre for Kids
Community Living North Halton
Developmental Services Access Centre
Peel Behavioural Services
Trellis Mental Health and Developmental Services
3. Documentation confirming an ASD diagnosis
The following informationa about this program comes from the MCYS website (http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/topics/specialneeds/autism/agencies.aspx):
York Region or Simcoe County
Kerry's Place Autism Services
34 Berczy Street, Suite 130
Aurora, Ontario L4G 1W9
1-800-304-6180, extension 2248
905-728-1673, extension 2248
Grandview Children's Centre
600 Townline Road South
Oshawa, Ontario L1H 7K6
Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge (HKPR) including City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton, Peterborough and Northumberland
Tri-County Community Support Services
349A George Street North, Suite 303
Peterborough, Ontario K9H 3P9
Kerry’s Place Autism Services
6660 Kennedy Road, Unit #6
Mississauga, Ontario L5T 2M9
ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development
2695 North Sheridan Way, Suite 120
Mississauga, Ontario L5K 2N6
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
1661 Montreal Road
Ottawa, Ontario K1J 9B7
Hamilton Health Sciences
McMaster Children’s Hospital, Hamilton Health Sciences
Empire Building Box 2000
Hamilton, Ontario L8N 3Z5
One Kids Place
500 McKeown Ave
North Bay, Ontario P1B 0B2
Child Care Resources
662 Falconbridge Road
Sudbury, Ontario P3A 4S4
613-546-1422, extension 1
Pathways for Children and Youth
1201 Division Street, Suite 215
Kingston, Ontario K7K 6X4
1-800-265-4197, extension 3155
519-438-5111, extension 3155
Ministry of Children and Youth Services
South West Region
Surrey Place Centre
2 Surrey Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C2
Kerry's Place Autism Services
219 Dufferin St., Unit 12A
Toronto, Ontario M6K 3J1
And to help answer your questions the following is posted on their website:
Changes to Autism Services
Questions and Answers
How will new services and supports help my child?
Who is eligible for the new government funded ABA-based services?
How do I access the services?
Will I be able to receive services close to where I live?
What if we move?
Can my child receive ABA-based services if they are enrolled in other programs?
How does Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) differ from these new ABA-based services and supports?
How long will my child receive services?
What is the role of a parent/caregiver in ABA-based services?
What are the responsibilities of the ABA service provider?
What qualifications must the ABA service providers have?
If my child has received ABA-based services, is she or he eligible for more ABA-based services?
What are the new ABA guidelines for and how are they being used?
What is the ASD Clinical Expert Committee?
What is the independent review process?