A diagnosis of autism is life altering. You might feel alone, unable to understand what’s happening to your child. Before you become overwhelmed, there is hope. Here are some suggestions* to help get you through this challenging time:
*Although care has been taken in preparing this section, it is not completely thorough and should only serve as a guide to help get you
started. Please note that The New Haven Learning Centre is not affiliated with and does not endorse any of the links listed in this section.
It’s important to contact your local government funding agency as soon as possible to get your child’s name on the waiting list.
For more information on The Autism Intervention Program click here.
Find Your Local Agency
In Toronto contact:
Surrey Place Centre
2 Surrey Place
Toronto, ON M5S 2C2
155 McNicoll Avenue
North York, ON M2H 2C1
Aisling Discoveries Child and Family Centre
110-325 Milner Avenue
Scarborough, ON M1B 5N1
The Etobicoke Children’s Centre
65 Hartside Drive
Etobicoke, ON M9R 2S8
Geneva Centre for Autism
112 Merton Street
Toronto, ON M4S 2Z8
In Mississauga/Oakville contact:
Erinoak Client Services Intake Centre
Toll Free: 1-877-Erinoak (1-877-374-6625)
In York Region contact:
Central Intake 1-888-454-6275
Kinark Child and Family Services
500 Hood Road Suite 200
Markham, Ontario L3R 9Z3
Toll Free: 1-800-230-8533
Read the Right Books
Here’s a list of recommended reading material to get you started:
The Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills
Revised (The ABLLS-R)
By James W. Partington.
Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism: A Manual for Parents and Professionals
By Catherine Maurice, Gina Greene and Stephen Luce
Clinical Practice Guideline: Report of the Recommendations
1999 Publication No. 4215
New York State Department of Health
P.O. Box 2000
Albany, New York
This is the long version of a multi-year effort by an independent panel of professionals and parents to develop clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of autism and PDD. The New York State Department of Health Early Intervention Program sponsored the effort.
Let Me Hear Your Voice: A Family’s Triumph Over Autism
By Catherine Maurice
Making a Difference: Behavioral Intervention for Autism
By Catherine Maurice, Gina Green & Richard M. Foxx
Right from the Start: Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism
By Sandra L. Harris.
The ME Book: Teaching Developmentally Disabled Children
By O. Ivar Lovaas.
Teach Me Language: A Language Manual for Children with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and Related Developmental Disorders
By Sabrina Freeman & Lorelei Drake
A Work in Progress: Behavior Management Strategies and A Curriculum for Intensive Behavioral Treatment of Autism
By Ron Leaf & John McEachin
Begin ABA Treatment
The sooner your child receives treatment the better their outcome. To date ABA is the most effective research based intervention for individuals with autism. Here’s how to go about obtaining services.
If you’ve qualified for government funding you have two options:
- DSO – Direct Service Option where the government agency provides treatment. This can be centre-based or home based depending upon the region» Learn more about DSO
- DFO – Direct Funding Option where you choose the ABA treatment provider for your child. This can be home based or centre-based» Learn more about DFO
If you’re still waiting for funding you also have two options:
- Enrol your child in a school for children with autism that is based on the principles of ABA, such as the New Haven Learning Centre
- Receive services in your home. Visit the Board Certified Behaviour Analyst website and search the Certifiant Registry to contact a certified behaviour analyst in your area» Find a Behaviour Analyst
Start a Home Program
Even though you’ve started the process of obtaining services for your child, the waiting period can be lengthy. In the meantime you may want to think about starting a home program. Here are some suggestions to get you started:
1. Learn About ABA
You may want to consider obtaining training from an introductory course in ABA. The New Haven Learning Centre holds an annual conference where you can learn more about various topics.
» Check out our Calendar
2. Find an ABA Home Provider
Find information on starting your home program and a listing of autism ABA providers in Ontario.
Provides information on where to receive free resources to start up your home program.
Take a look at the Parent Training Section to get your started.
Parent Professional Partnership Special Interest Group
Take a look at their website for a wealth of valuable information on autism and ABA.
*The above resources will only provide the basics in ABA as training. Training in this field can take several months and needs to supervised by a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst.
3. Start On Your Own
While you’re waiting to receive ABA services from a board certified behaviour analyst you may want to start some programs at home.
Try using the Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism Manual as well as the book, Right From the Start. Chapter 5 in the Behaviour Intervention Manual outlines how to select programs for your child.
*This is not to replace programming from a certified behaviour analyst but allows you to get started while waiting.