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Early Years Program

FREE PROGRAM - Caregiver-Mediated programs teach families strategies to learn new skills.


1) Registered with the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) 2) Child is under 48 months of age.


Brantford/Brant County - Haldimand/Norfolk County - Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation - Six Nations of the Grand River - Other Region of Ontario * services may vary depending on geographical area and need


1) An invitation letter from the OAP/Provincial Ministry is required. 2) After receiving your letter please call SmartStart Hub at 519.753.3153 x507 to connect with Autism Services.


Autism Services Caregiver-Mediated Early Years programs are FREE of charge and 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 aim to build caregivers’ capacity to support their child’s skill development. A program is available for a period of up to six-months per child. 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. If you have received an invitation you can reach our Family Support Worker by phone at 519-753-3153 ext. 268, or by email at to plan your service.


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). Social ABCs 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: •Social Communication •Emotional Regulation •Transactional Support These are the highest priorities that must be addressed in any program

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