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Autism Support for Children, Youth and Families in North East Ontario

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Welcome to the Ontario Autism Program for North Eastern Ontario

The new Ontario Autism Program (OAP) will ensure autism services for children and youth are delivered consistently across the province, allow for flexibility and choice based on each child’s needs, and give families confidence in receiving quality services.

On June 26, families will begin to transition into the new OAP. The key components of the new program, beginning this month, include:

  • A single point of access. There will be one entry point to the OAP in each of the nine service areas to make it easier for families to access services for their child.
  • Family-centred decision making. As key partners in their child’s care, families will be actively engaged in the assessment, goal-setting and intervention planning process for their child.
  • Collaborative approach to service. A foundation of the new OAP will be the collaborative approach taken by community support service providers, clinicians and educators to support children’s needs at home, during service and in school.
  • Service based on need. Services will be flexible and individualized. The intensity and duration of the services a child or youth receives is based on their needs and strengths, regardless of age. Each child’s service plan will be determined by clinical assessment.
  • A direct funding option. A new direct funding option will be implemented by the end of this year. This will provide all families with a choice between receiving direct service or receiving funding to purchase their child’s service.
  • Safe, effective autism services. The province intends to regulate ABA practitioners to help ensure families receive safe, high-quality services, have confidence in their providers and know where to go if they have a concern.

The government is committed to ensuring families are supported through a smooth and seamless transition as they enter the new OAP. Transition planning within the new program will be individualized, planned in advance and will be achieved in partnership with each child’s family, OAP professionals and service providers. Children and youth with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder from a qualified professional will be eligible for the OAP up until the age of 18.

The province has worked closely with families, caregivers, advocates, clinicians and providers to build the new OAP, and will continue to engage with key stakeholders, including the OAP Advisory Committee, on the design and implementation of the new program. The new OAP will be fully in place by spring 2018.

Phase One: Reach the Right Door Every Time

Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca (Hands) and One Kids Place Children’s Treatment Centre (One Kids Place) provide autism services for children and youth across North Eastern Ontario. Hands and One Kids Place are strong community partners, committed to working towards providing more integrated autism services for children, youth and families. Both organizations will continue to provide complementary services in the best interest of individuals and families in our communities.

Hands and One Kids Place will ensure families reach the right door every time, regardless of which organization receives the call, through improved information sharing. Beginning June 2017, one call to either organization will give families across North Eastern Ontario access to one waitlist and a simple, integrated service experience, as part of the first phase of the Ontario Autism Program.

Accessing Child and Youth Autism Services and Information in North Eastern Ontario:
Accessing Ontario Autism Program in NEO
Resources:

Autism: Early Signs and Symptoms

At Hands, we understand that parents and caregivers may worry if their toddler/preschooler has some form of developmental delay.

The following “red flags” may indicate your child is at risk for an autism spectrum disorder. If your child shows any of the following signs, please speak with Hands, your pediatrician or family doctor as soon as possible:

      • Not responding to sounds, voices, or name
      • Poor eye contact
      • No social smiling by 6 months
      • Unusual attachment to or use of toys/objects
      • Not showing items or sharing interests
      • No babbling, pointing, meaningful gestures by 12 months
      • Any loss of speech or social skills
      • No two-word phrases by 24 months
      • No use of single words by 16 months

Have a concern?
Please complete our Autism Screening Tool.

Hands Autism Services and Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI)

Hands is the lead agency in North East Ontario for the Autism Intervention Program (AIP) also called Intensive Behavioral Intervention (IBI). We also offer Behavior Communication Therapy (BCT), a School Support Program (SSP), and an Enhanced Respite Program.

More information on Hands’ Autism Services

Resources to Support Families

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