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Autism Services for 0–5 Years

Autism Services
Autism Services for 0–5 Years

What is it?

Foundational Family Services aim to give you more tools to work with your child and participate in their ongoing learning and development through services and supports that are:

  • informed by evidence
  • are responsive to your family’s changing needs over time and your child’s needs, strengths and developmental stage
  • offered in a variety of ways, including virtual, self-directed, in-person or group-based
  • provided at no-cost

Who is eligible for Foundational Family Services?

  • Live in Ontario
  • Have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • 0-18 years
  • Registered with the Ontario Autism Program

Foundational Family Services include: 

Family Support Worker

Our Family Support Worker (FSW) is here to help children, youth and their families’ access appropriate autism services and supports quickly and easily. Our FSW can help with:

  • Registering for the OAP
  • Funding applications
  • Service Coordination
  • Answer any other questions you might have!

Please contact Ely MacDonald @ 519-753-3153 ext. 268 or


What is it?

Clinics are brief-targeted consultations that allow families to meet with a clinician to discuss potential strategies that will aid in developing a skill.

A clinic is 1 hr. in length and can include 1-2 follow-ups.

Due to this service being so short- complex and challenging behavior cannot be addressed with this service.

How it works?

Please contact our Family Support Worker to set up a date and time that works for you.

Ely MacDonald @ 519-753-3153 ext. 268 or  


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If you have any questions contact our Family Support worker  @ 519-753-3153 ext. 268 or

What is it?

Caregiver-mediated early years programs teach families strategies that may help their young children learn new skills and meet individual goals. These play-based and child-led programs are for young children ages 12 months to 48 months and the aim is to build caregivers’ capacity to support their child’s skill development. Programs are free of charge and available for a period of up to six months per child.

Eligible families will receive an invitation from the ministry via email/snail mail. Only families with invitations are able to sign up for the program

If you have received an invitation please contact our Family Support Worker @ 519-753-3153 ext. 268 or

We will deliver three models:

  1. Social ABC’s 

Service Option for Caregiver Mediated Early Years. This is an early intervention program in which parents learn a set of strategies for helping their toddler communicate and interact socially, using play-based activities and daily routines that their child finds most motivating.

2. Pivotal Response Training (PRT) (Expand)

Service option for Caregiver Mediated Early Years. PRT is a variation of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) type therapy. It focuses on more comprehensive “pivotal” areas such as increasing a child's motivation to learn, initiate communication, and monitor their own behaviors.

3. Early social interaction/social communication emotional regulation and transactional supports (ESI/SCERTS)

Service option for Caregiver Mediated Early Years.  This model is a research-based educational approach and multidisciplinary framework that directly addresses the core challenges faced by children and persons with ASD and related disabilities, and their families. It focuses on building competence in Social Communication, Emotional Regulation, and Transactional Support as the highest priorities that must be addressed in any program

For more information about this program please visit the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) website:

Or email or call our Family Support Worker- @ 519-753-3153 ext. 268 or 

What is Goal Based ABA?

  • Focuses on specific goals for children that can be addressed in 1-8 hours per week
  • Depending on the goal(s) service can be delivered in multiple ways: 1:1, groups, workshops with an emphasis on parent/caregiver training/consultation.
  • 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. (please see urgent)
  • Some common goals include: (not an exhaustive list)
    • attending appointments
    • social interactions
    • toileting
    • personal hygiene
    • school and job readiness
    • language
    • communication
    • Independent living skills such as dressing or eating with a utensil
  • If you don’t see your specific goal- please call.


How it Works?

  • When a space is available, a clinician will call you to arrange an appointment.
  • Your child will receive individualized assessment
  • Your youth will receive individualized assessment
  • There will be an emphasis upon parent involvement and training for parents to feel confident in continuing with skill building when treatment is done.
  • There will be an emphasis upon parent involvement and training to generalize skills into a variety of environments and people.
  • Assessment and treatment will be supervised by a BCBA

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.

If you think your child would benefit from Goal-Based ABA click here (LCC referral form) or contact us at

 Intensive ABA treatment is 6+ hours and/or a minimum of 3 scheduled appointments per week. 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:

  • language
  • communication
  • play
  • social interactions
  • personal hygiene
  • toileting
  • school-readiness

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.

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