Toronto Autism Services Network to Deliver Needs-Based Program
Today, the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services announced changes to the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) that will add caregiver-mediated early years programs as a service pathway in the OAP. In a collaboration called the Toronto Autism Services Network, Lumenus Community Services and six other autism service agencies will deliver the provincially funded caregiver-mediated early years programs in Toronto.
The Toronto Autism Services Network will offer three caregiver-mediated early years programs to support families with children who are 12 months to 48 months at the start of the intervention: Project ImPACT (12-48 months), Social ABCs (12-42 months) and Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) (12-48 months). The programs will help young children develop core foundational skills in the areas of communication, socialization and play, and will provide parents/caregivers with specific strategies to support their child’s development.
The ministry will begin reaching out to families registered with the OAP in the coming weeks to let them know they are eligible for this program. Families can then contact the Toronto Autism Services Network (www.torontoautismservices.ca) to learn more about the registration process and programs that are offered.
The Toronto Autism Services Network includes seven agencies—Geneva Centre for Autism, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Kerry’s Place Autism Services, Lumenus Community Services, SAAAC Autism Centre, Strides Toronto, and Surrey Place—with decades of experience providing high-quality services to children with autism spectrum disorder and their families. The network’s supports are coordinated with other clinical services to create a comprehensive, wraparound support team that can make informed decisions to meet each family’s individual needs. With this shared vision of support, families with an autism diagnosis will benefit from a single access point to receive consistent, high-quality, family-centred autism services in Toronto.
For more information on the Toronto Autism Services Network and our caregiver-mediated early years programs, visit www.torontoautismservices.ca
Caregiver-Mediated Early Year Program:
Caregiver-mediated early years programs support families with young children ages 12 months to 48 months (4 years). The programs help young children learn new skills and meet individualized goals.
In Toronto region, the program is being delivered by Toronto Autism Service Network, a group of seven agencies—Geneva Centre for Autism, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Kerry’s Place Autism Services, Lumenus Community Services, SAAAC Autism Centre, Strides Toronto and Surrey Place – with decades of experience providing high-quality services to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. With a shared vision of support, the network offers a single access point for families to receive consistent service provision and high-quality family-centred autism services.
Starting in July 2021, children and youth who are registered in the Ontario Autism Program will start receiving invitations to participate in the launch of Caregiver-mediated Early Years Services.
For eligibility criteria click here.