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Autism Services

There are a range of evidence based services and programs offered to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families with in a family-centred and flexible manner.  The approach is collaborative and based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis. The services vary across intensity, whether they are delivered individually or in a group, and whether they are directed to the child or the parent.  Some are funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services and some are offered on a fee for service basis. 

To visit the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services please click the link below: 

http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/specialneeds/autism/ontario-autism-program.aspx

Am I Eligible?

Children need to be registered with the Central Intake and Registration Team – see the above website.

Up to the 18th birthday 

To get started or if you need help to register call:   519-587-2441 or 1-800-265-8087   Ext. 308 or email: autisminfo@hnreach.on.ca 

Foundational Family Services are a FREE service to anyone registered with the Ontario Autism Program.

Services that are available through H.N REACH include the following types of options:

  • Family and peer mentoring – share experiences in a supportive, informative and social atmosphere
  • Caregiver workshops and follow-up coaching sessions – information, education and resources on a variety of topics
  • Brief targeted consultations – direct support to help address a specific need and support your child’s skill development
  • Transition supports – help preparing for your child’s personal and educational transitions as well as transitions to adulthood
  • Family resource and clinic days – brainstorm, consult and problem-solve with professionals.

Email autisminfo@hnreach.on.ca or call (519) 587-2441 ext. 308 for more information!

To view a copy of the Autism Services Foundational Family Service Guide click HERE

​Do you have a question for a Family Service Coordinator about the Ontario Autism Program, want some help filling out registration, application for funding or submitting an expense form?

Do you want to learn ABA strategies for teaching your child a new skill, have a question about increasing communication?

Come to one of our Clinic Days where you can sit down with a Family Service Coordinator or a Behaviour Therapist to answer all your questions in all things autism.!

THURSDAYS - 9:30am to 2:30pm

Simcoe - Sept 15, 29, Oct. 13, 27, Nov 10, 24 and Dec. 8 at 228 John Street

Dunnville - Sept 22, Oct 6, 20, Nov. 3, 17, Dec 1 and 15 at 110 Ramsay Drive

To schedule an appointment email autisminfo@hnreach.on.ca or call (519) 587-2441 ext. 308

UPCOMING VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS!

How to Create a Caregiver Resource Binder

  • Tuesday November 15 at 7pm

How To Use Visuals Effectively

  • Tuesday, October 18 at 10am
  • Tuesday, November 22 at 2pm
  • Tuesday, December 6 at 7pm

How To Talk To Your Child About Puberty

  • Tuesday, November 8 at 2pm
  • Tuesday, December 6 at 7pm

Haldimand-Norfolk REACH also offers pre-recorded workshops that you can schedule a time to watch with an Autism Clinician or watch on your own time. Click HERE to learn about the many workshops being offered such as The Fundamentals of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or the Do’s and Don’ts of Toilet Training and many more!

Triple P - Positive Parenting Program - Virtual

This eight week caregiver group is for parents and caregivers of children with a disability (up to 12 years of age) It focuses learning a broad based range of parenting skills to promote child development and to manage challenging behaviours.

Tuesday, October 11 to November 29 at 10am

To register email autisminfo@hnreach.on.ca or call (519) 587-2441 ext. 308.

Virtual “Wind Down” Party - All ages welcome

Does your child need some extra support with their bedtime routine? This group will feature ways to support your child wind down after a long day with meditations, bedtime stories, stretching and more!

  • September 26 to December 5
  • Mondays 7:30pm to 8pm by ZOOM

Social Skills Recreational Group - Ages: 8 to 13

Our recreational social skills group will focus on developing new social skills and enhancing current skills through play and recreation! Group will feature a wide variety of activities ranging from board games to outdoor play.

FRIDAYS 4:30pm to 6pm

  • Simcoe - Sept 16, 23, 30, Oct 7, 14 and 21 at 228 John Street
  • Dunnville - Oct 28, Nov 4, 18, 25, Dec 2 and 9 at 110 Ramsey Drive

Teen Group - Ages:14 to 17

Does your teen need a place to practice their social skills, engage with peers and have some fun? Our teen group will focus on incorporating individual skills and goal setting in a relaxed environment!

MONDAYS at 4:30pm to 6pm

  • Simcoe - Sept 19, Oct 3, 24, Nov 7, 21 and Dec. 5 at 228 John Street
  • Dunnville - Sept. 26, Oct 17, 31, Nov. 14, 28 and Dec 12 at 110 Ramsay Drive

To register email autisminfo@hnreach.on.ca or call (519) 587-2441 ext. 308.

Family Fun Night is back!

  • Families can come together to meet other families and children and youth can play fun activities to build support and friendships. Parents will discuss a chosen topic with one of our Family Service Coordinators and siblings will participate in activities facilitated by Young Carers Association.
  • Family night is the second Wednesday of the month that runs from September to June each year. at Jarvis Public School, Jarvis

To register email autisminfo@hnreach.on.ca or call (519) 587-2441 ext. 308.

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.

Through these programs, parents and caregivers learn therapeutic strategies and specific techniques from professionals based on their child’s individual needs. The programs aim to build parents’ and caregivers’ capacity to support their child’s skill development in:
The programs are play-based, child-led and developmentally appropriate. Programs are free of charge and available for up to six months per child.

  • social interaction
  • play
  • communication
  • emotional development
  • adaptive development and self-help skills

Families can contact Haldimand-Norfolk R.E.A.C.H. to learn about available service options in the Hamilton, Niagara, Brant, Haldimand-Norfolk, Six Nations of the Grand River, and Mississaugas of the Credit area. For more information on how to register please contact autisminfo@hnreach.on.ca or call (519) 587-2441 ext. 308.

The OAP Entry to School program is a six-month group-based program for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, up to 6 years old, who are entering school for the first time (starting kindergarten or grade one). The program will be focused on building school readiness skills and preparing them to enter school. Following the group-based program, children will receive transition supports as they enter school, to support a successful school transition. Families and educators will also be able to access consultation services from Entry to School program staff, upon request, during a child’s first six months in school.

Eligibility

To participate, your child must be:

• registered with the OAP

• between three to six years old as of December 31, 2022; and

• starting kindergarten or grade one for the first time in September 2022.

To learn more contact autisminfo@hnreach.on.ca or call (519) 587-2441 ext. 308

Home-Based ABA

Our home-based ABA program focuses on training caregivers on ABA strategies to teach their children/youth new skills and/or reduce challenging behaviours. It typically ranges in intensity from 1-4 hours/week and focuses on caregiver goals. An Intake Assessment will determine the recommended hours of intensity as well as the goals of intervention. This program is supervised by a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) who is a registered Ontario Autism Provider (OAP).

Centre-Based ABA

Our center-based ABA program focuses on working 1:1 with the child more intensively to teach new skills and reduce challenging behaviours. It typically ranges in intensity from 6-18 hours/week and focuses on a combination of caregiver goals and curriculum assessment (i.e. ABLLS-R, VBMAPP). An Intake Assessment will determine the recommended hours of intensity as well as the goals of intervention. This program is supervised by a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) who is a registered Ontario Autism Provider (OAP).

To view a copy of the Autism Services Fee-for Service Guide click HERE

To learn more about our Fee for Service options email autisminfo@hnreach.on.ca or call (519) 587-2441 ext. 308

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