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Online Tool Helps Parents Identify Early Signs of Autism

Posted on: January 27th, 2017

On Friday, January 27th, Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca launched an online screening tool to help parents with young children identify early signs of Autism Spectrum Disorders. The resource is available online for free, and provides parents of young children between the ages of 16 to 30 months with an opportunity to, with guidance, recognize the potential signs of autism. If there are signs of autism, the tool opens the door for parents to connect with supports early in their child’s life.

“Early intervention is pivotal for children who have Autism diagnoses,” said Dr. Karen Grattan-Miscio, Clinical Director of Autism Services at Hands. “By providing families access to a validated tool for screening, as well as appropriate resources and support through our Autism Resource Coordinator, we are better able to support families in obtaining the resources they need, at the right time.”

Hands’ new screening tool is phase one of the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, or the M-CHAT (© 1999 Robins, Fein, & Barton). It supports families in identifying or addressing concerns they may have and provides an opportunity to make a connection to support services, but it does not provide a diagnosis. Support services may include: a more complete developmental assessment, referral support to appropriate services, training opportunities, etc.

Parents of young children who have concerns can access the autism screening tool by visiting Hands’ website at: www.thefamilyhelpnetwork.ca/autism-support. Upon completion of the screener, parents may choose to provide their contact information and Hands’ Autism Resource Coordinator will be in touch. Alternatively, parents can call their local Hands office directly or toll free at 1-800-668-8555.

Brooke Langdon, Senior Therapist, Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca (left) receives a demonstration of Hands’ new online autism screening tool for parents of young children from Kayla Raaflaub, Autism Resource Coordinator, Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca (right).

Brooke Langdon, Senior Therapist, Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca (left) receives a demonstration of Hands’ new online autism screening tool for parents of young children from Kayla Raaflaub, Autism Resource Coordinator, Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca (right).

Mood Walks in Sundridge – May 2-4, 2017

Posted on: January 1st, 2017

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Mood Walks For Child and Youth Mental Health Week

May 1-7, 2017

What are Mood Walks?

Educational walking programs to promote mental health by reducing barriers and creating new opportunities to be physically active.
All participants receive Safe Hiker training from Hike Ontario and participate in group walks on local hiking trails and at Conservation Areas.

In celebration of Child and Youth Mental Health Week Hands is offering Mood Walk Training!

Sundridge Training will be held on May 2, 3, 4, 2017 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.

Registration required:

  • In-person: Hands office at 37 Main Street, Sundridge
  • By phone: 705-384-5225 or 1-800-668-8555.

All youth who complete training will earn a Mood Walk Safe Hiker Certificate recognized by Hike Ontario and the Canadian Mental Health Association.
For more information please contact: Amy Nadrofsky 705-384-5225 ext. 2206

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