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ABA-Based Autism Services

PLEASE NOTE: Programs are under construction as we transition to the new Ontario Autism Program (OAP). Please see the Ministry of Children & Youth Services (MCYS) website for the most up to date information.


January 15, 2018 update:

The new Independent Clinical Review (ICR) process for the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) is now available.

The ICR offers families and their children the opportunity to have key components of their OAP Behaviour Plan reviewed by a team of independent Clinical Reviewers.

For more information on the ICR, please visit or

Applied Behaviour Analysis [ABA] Services and Supports for Children/Youth with ASD

What is the ABA S&S Program?

The Applied Behaviour Analysis Services and Supports (ABA S&S) Program uses ABA approaches to enhance learning and participation by increasing desired behaviours and teaching new skills to transfer to other settings.

The program provides service to clients and their families through interventions that focus on one of the following specific skill areas: improving social skills, increasing communication, promoting independence with daily living skills or managing behaviour/emotional control.

The program catchment area for Lansdowne Children Centre covers Brantford & Brant County including applicable sections of Six Nations Reserve and New Credit Reserve.

McMaster Children’s Hospital is the ABA Services and Supports lead agency for the Hamilton-Niagara region, responsible for the overall administration and clinical supervision of the four programs within their catchment area that include: Brant, Haldimand-Norfolk, Hamilton, and Niagara.

Who is eligible for the ABA Program?

Children and youth with a documented diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) up to age 18 are eligible for service. Referrals for the program are accepted by Contact Brant (519-758-8228).

Contact Brant will appoint a Resource Coordinator to complete an intake visit and assist with the referral process. Once completed, the referral is forwarded concurrently to Lansdowne Children’s Centre (Central Intake) and lead agency McMaster Children’s Hospital.

What can I expect?

Once Lansdowne receives a referral for a client from Contact Brant, the child is placed on a chronological waitlist for ABA S&S.  The waitlist date starts the date the referral is received at Lansdowne. Central Intake will inform the family when the referral has been received and outline processes and expected timelines.

Within six months of receiving the referral an ABA professional will contact the family to do an intake for the program.  This intake involves an assessment to determine client strengths and needs, and short term goals are set and prioritized.  After intake is completed, the client is streamlined to a waitlist(s) for service in the functional area that will assist the client/family in achieving one of their goals.

The program provides short-term, goal oriented interventions for children and youth, and training and supports for families and caregivers. The length of time in service typically ranges from two to six months usually in a small group format, typically for 1½ hours per week based on the needs of the child/youth or family. Services may also be provided in the form of one-to-one consultation/intervention or parent workshops.  Services may be located in the home, at the centre or other community settings.    

While on the waitlist, families can request a clinic appointment with an ABA professional.  A clinic appointment is a one-time consultation that does not change the client’s place on the ABA S&S waitlist.  Clinic appointments can by booked to discuss ways to increase skill development or decrease behaviour.

Upon completion of intervention clients are discharged but automatically re-referred back to the program waitlist and can continue to receive intervals of service until turning 18 years of age.