What is the Caregiver-Mediated Early Years Program?
Autism Services Caregiver-Mediated Early Years programs are no-cost to the family, part of the government funded Foundational Family Services. These play-based and child-led programs for young children, ages 12 months to 48 months, aim to build caregivers’ capacity to support their child’s skill development by teaching strategies that may help their young children learn new skills and meet individual goals.
Who is eligible?
Your child must be a registered member of the Ontario Autism Program (OAP).
Eligible families will receive an invitation from the Ministry via email and/or post mail.
Only families with invitations are able to sign up for the program.
Looking for help with your registration? CLICK HERE for our 4-Step plan.
What can I expect?
Autism Services at Lansdowne Children's Centre will deliver three service option models: Social ABCs; Pivotal Response Training (PRT); and Early Social Interaction/Social Communication Emotional Regulation and Transactional Supports(ESI/SCERTS)
This is an early intervention program in which parents learn a set of strategies for helping their Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosed toddler communicate and interact socially, using play-based activities and daily routines that their child finds most motivating.
Pivotal Response Training (PRT)
A variation of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) type therapy, Pivotal Response Training focuses on more comprehensive “pivotal” areas, such as increasing a child's motivation to learn, initiate communication, and monitor their own behaviors.
Early Social Interaction/
Social Communication Emotional Regulation and Transactional Supports
The ESI/SCERTS model is a research-based educational approach and multidisciplinary framework that directly addresses the core challenges faced by children and persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related disabilities, and their families.
ESI/SCERTS focuses on building competence in:
These are the highest priorities that must be addressed in any program
For more information about the ESI/SCERTS program please CLICK HERE to visit the website of the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS).