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Autism Services

NEW Fee-For-Service Autism Program

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On Feb. 6, 2019 the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services announced changes to the Ontario Autism Program (OAP). These changes have affected how autism treatment is funded and how families access services. Changes are scheduled to be fully in place by April 2020.  

Currently there are two streams of OAP service. Active clients have had the opportunity to extend their service plans and remain in treatment. Those who were on the wait list as of April 1, 2019 have started to receive invitations from the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) to apply for funding, known as Childhood Budgets. For further details please check

Lansdowne will continue to offer autism services that are delivered by qualified, caring staff who will help your child/youth reach their full potential. Your patience is appreciated as Lansdowne moves through this transition from a publicly funded to a fee-for-service delivery model.

At this time we are pleased to offer the following programs:


Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) is an evidence-based treatment scientifically proven to teach new skills to children/youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Our expert autism team works together with your family, using best practices and evidence to guide your child’s autism services journey.


To apply for a Fee-For-Service Autism Program or for further information, please complete our short referral form at or call 519-753-3153 ext. 268.

Referrals will be accepted by either method.


Currently, Lansdowne is able to offer the following Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) based programs provided by trained Autism Therapists and supervised by a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA).

Intensive ABA

Children up to the age of 6 years receive 15 or more hours per week of ABA-based therapy. Treatment is primarily provided at a 1:1 child to therapist ratio with daily opportunities for interaction and play with peers.

Children will be taught essential skills and the management of challenging behaviours, working across several developmental domains including:

Individualized assessment will determine specific goals for your child before treatment begins. There will be an emphasis upon parent involvement and training within this intervention.

Therapy will be provided at the main Lansdowne Children’s Centre site (39 Mt. Pleasant St., Brantford). Additional costs for mileage and travel time apply for home or community locations.

Cost: $70 per hour

Individual Goal Based Treatment

Children/youth up to their 18th birthday can receive 1-8 hours per week of ABA-based service. Therapists will work 1:1 with your child/youth, as well as family members, on specific goals to increase skills such as, but not limited to:

Based on family input and choice, the assessment process will determine appropriate skill-building goals for your child/youth. 

There is an emphasis upon family members learning the strategies being utilized by therapists so they can continue to teach their child/youth once service is complete. 

A screening process will be applied to confirm eligibility for this program. The reduction of challenging behaviours, including aggression to self or others, will not be a specific goal area addressed within this program.

Treatment will be provided at a location most suitable for the selected goals, including Lansdowne (39 Mt. Pleasant St., Brantford), home or community.  Additional costs for mileage and travel time apply for home or community locations.

Cost:  $70 per hour


Cost may be covered by OAP Childhood Budgets, some insurance benefits or can be purchased using personal funds.

Payment may be made over the phone by credit card or in person by debit or credit card, and is due at the time of booking. Payment in installments may be arranged for certain services. Please note that, except in extenuating circumstances, customer purchases are final.  


Our Autism Services are part of the wide range of programs and services that Lansdowne offers to support children & youth with developmental, physical and communication disorders. These include Speech-Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Social Work, Service Coordination, Medical Staff, Respite, Recreation, and Early Intervention programs that support them at the centre and in the community, home, and school environments. Collaboration with other services provided to your child or youth will assist in meeting his/her needs.

Lansdowne is accredited through Accreditation Canada and this ensures we meet the highest standards in client care with respect to quality and safety. All Lansdowne staff are trained professionals who meet our rigorous standards for employment.  

As Lansdowne fully transitions to a fee-for-service model the number and variety of services offered will increase. We look forward to continuing to offer high quality autism services and partnering with families.