The Autism Program of Eastern Ontario offers new services and supports that will help children and youth with autism develop communication, social and daily living skills, learn better in school and become more independent.
The services to be offered will be based on Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), an approach to learning that reinforces positive behaviours and reduces problematic ones.
Children and youth with autism have different needs. Services will be available based on an assessment of the child or youth's specific needs. Here are key Questions about the Autism Services of Eastern Ontario:
Who is eligible for the new, government funded ABA-based services?
Children and youth up to their 18th birthday are eligible for the new ABA-based services if they have a confirmed diagnosis of:
- Autism/Autistic Disorder;
- Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS); or
- Asperger's Disorder.
The diagnosis must come from a qualified professional such as a family doctor, pediatrician, psychiatrist, psychologist or psychological associate.
How do I access the services?
Along with a diagnosis, parents or caregivers can contact CHEO's centralized intake for Autism Program of Eastern Ontario:
2280 St-Laurent Blvd, suite 103,
Ottawa, ON K1G 4K1
Telephone number is 613-249-9355 or 1-877-542-2294
For more information please consult the Ministry of Children and Youth Services website on the new Autism Program
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