New Diagnosis

You've just received a diagnosis of ASD for your child.
Or you're on a waitlist for assessment.
Or you suspect that your child may have autism.

Now What? How to Access Autism Services in York Region

Occupational Therapy Clinics
Intended for parents/guardians, caregivers and their child/children who have recently been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). These clinics are designed for families who have never accessed this specialized consultation service, who are on a waiting list to see an Occupational Therapist, or have not accessed this service in some time. It is important to note that preference will be given to those families who are currently on a waiting list for OT Services and who have not previously accessed this service in the past. Read more here 

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Early Diagnosis

Research indicates that early diagnosis is associated with dramatically better outcomes for individuals with autism. The earlier a child is diagnosed, the earlier the child can begin benefiting from one of the many specialized intervention approaches. For more information, read Children Diagnosed with Autism; What to Expect and Where to Get Help Strategies and Information for Ontario Families and Care Providers. Published by Autism Ontario, our manual is available through York Region Chapter.

from Chapter 2 about Assessments

While there is no cure for autism, there are treatment and education approaches that may reduce some of the challenges associated with the disability. Intervention may help to lessen disruptive behaviors, and education can teach self-help skills that allow for greater independence. But just as there is no one symptom or behaviour that identifies an individual with autism, there is no single treatment. Children can learn to function within the confines of their disability, but treatment must be tailored to the child's individual behaviors and needs.

With appropriate services, training, and information, children with autism will grow and can learn, even if at a different developmental rate than others.

The purpose of this section is to provide a list of resources that you may refer to on your journey. Autism Ontario York Region Chapter does not endorse any particular treatment, service, agency or individual over another, but we do endorse your right as a parent to make informed decisions.

In order to get an assessment for your child, you will need to get a referral from your doctor. S/he will then refer you to an experienced clinic/individual.

There are no medical tests for diagnosing autism. An accurate diagnosis must be based on observation of the individual's communication, behaviour, and developmental levels. However, because many of the behaviours associated with autism are shared by other disorders, various medical tests may be ordered to rule out or identify other possible causes of the symptoms being exhibited. It is important to distinguish autism from other conditions, since an accurate diagnosis and early identification can provide the basis for building an appropriate and effective educational and treatment program.

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