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As of February 6th, 2019 the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services announced changes to the Ontario Autism Program. Please click here to learn more about the new program on the MCCSS website.

ONTARIO AUTISM PROGRAM UPDATE: March 21 209

This morning, the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services made an announcement regarding enhancements to the previous February 2019 Autism announcement.

We do not yet have all of the details , but here are some of the aspects of what was announced as we understand them today:

1) There will now NOT be an income test applied to families
2) Childhood Budgets – Children 6 and under will receive the full 20 thousand dollars and children over 6 will receive the full 5 thousand dollars
3) There will be an introduction of an assessment of need categorized as Low, Medium and High. This is expected to be in place in the Fall 2019
4) Children assessed with low needs will receive the full 20K or 5K depending on their age
5) Consultation willl occur regarding the required supports to kids with Medium and High needs with a goal to have this established in the Fall 2019
6) Children who are currently in service with a behaviour plan who were expecting to end their service within the next 3 plus months (some extend a bit longer if they signed a new plan around or just prior to the Feb 6th announcement) will now be able to extend an additional 6 months of service at the same intensity.
7) New eligible purchases with Childhood Budget dollars will include the previously announced services (behaviour, respite, family supports, parent education and travel charges to appointments) that families could purchase and willl now include Physio Therapy, Occupational Therapy,and Speech Language Pathology for children with a diagnosis of Autism.

Grandview will be working to understand the points above in the days ahead and will share with you as more details are understood. We know there will be questions and we will post information to assist as we are able.

Lorraine Sunstrum-Mann CEO

Grandview Children’s Centre’s Autism Services Update- March 14  2019

 

Since the February 6th Ontario Autism Program Announcement,  Grandview has been working to understand the changes that will be required to our Autism services. We are writing to reassure you that we are committed to continue to offer Autism therapy, services and supports.

 

We have appreciated the thoughtful communication from Grandview families and have been paying attention to the feedback across the Province.

 

We know this transition is difficult for many and that information is required.

 

We are currently negotiating our April 1 2019 to March 31 2020 budget and performance obligations with the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS)   We will soon be in a position to announce our Ontario Autism Program fee for service (OAP family budget, personal income and insurance benefits eligible) offerings for spring and summer.    In April we will be reaching out to Grandview families interested in helping to co-design the longer term fee for service programs that will be of value and interest to you and your children.

 

Here is what we do know today:

 

·       Grandview as the lead agency for the Ontario Autism Program in Durham delivers services in partnership with Lake Ridge Community Support Services and Resources for Exceptional Children and Youth- Durham Region. This partnership has been in place for over 7 years.  We will fulfill all of the commitments for children, youth and families currently completing behaviour plans.  Some behaviour plans will  be completed in April and the remainder will be completed through to the end of July consistent with direction from MCCSS.

 

·        We will begin to send information packages to families on behalf of MCCSS in the next few weeks. The packages will inform families how to register for the new program and how to  prepare to complete the Family Budget process.  The packages will be sent to families starting with those whose behaviour plans are ending in April . Families who have been on the wait list will receive a package some time over the next 18 months as established by MCCSS.

 

·         We are pleased to report that Grandview will continue our important work as an Autism Diagnostic Hub.  You can access the Grandview Hub by contacting Grandview Service Navigation at 905 728 1673 ext. 2468

 

Grandview’s multiple other paediatric rehabilitation, preschool speech and language , medical services, specialized clinics, family support , audiology and child development programs are not changing. Thousands of children and youth with a diagnosis of Autism access these programs too and will be able to continue to do so.

Thank you for your trust, honest feedback and confidence in Grandview to help your family navigate these significant changes.    We know how much you love your children and want access to the programs and supports they need to thrive.  We want that too.    We will post new information as it is available.

Lorraine Sunstrum-Mann CEO           Brad Phillips Board Chair

 

From February 6, 2019 until March 31, 2019 the existing Ontario Autism Program is still in effect.

The Ontario Autism Program aims to provide a continuum of evidence-based services that are coordinated, family-centered and responsive to the needs, strengths, goals and unique potential of each child/youth. Interventions are based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and are used to reduce challenging behaviour and teach functional life skills.

In Durham Region, the OAP is a collaborative initiative offered by Grandview Childrens’ Centre, Kinark Child and Family Services, Lake Ridge Community Support Services, and Resources for Exceptional Children and Youth-Durham Region. University of Ontario Institute of Technology assists in the evaluation of the program.

What are the key components of the OAP?

  • Single point of access: There is one entry point to the OAP in each of nine service areas in Ontario. Durham is part of the Central East Region.
  • Family-centered decision making: Families are actively engaged in the assessment, goal-setting, and intervention planning process for their child/youth.
  • Collaborative approach to treatment: A strong collaborative approach between OAP clinicians and community based clinicians, support services, and educators that support children and youth’s learning at home and in the community.
  • Service based on need: Services are flexible and individualized. Each child/youth’s service plan is based on an assessment of strengths and needs.
  • A direct funding option:  A new direct funding option will be implemented by the end of 2017. This will provide all families with a choice between receiving direct service or receiving funding to purchase their child’s service.
  • Safe, effective autism services: The province intends to regulate ABA practitioners to help ensure families receive safe, high-quality services, have confidence in their providers and know where to go if they have a concern.

Who is eligible?

Children and youth with a confirmed diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, up until the 18th birthday.

How do I make a referral?

  • Call the Single Point of Access (managed by Kinark Child and Family Services): 1-888-454-6275.
  • You will be asked to provide written confirmation of your child/youth’s diagnosis of ASD before completion of the registration process.

For more Information:

The Ontario Autism Program is funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. More information about the program can be found at www.ontario.ca/autism.

If you have additional questions or need assistance making a referral, please contact: Grandview’s Clinical Information Services at 905-728-1673 or 1-800-304-6180 ext. 2248 or 2232.

 

 

Foundational Services

Foundational Caregiver Services include workshops specifically aimed at orienting families and providing them with introductory and foundational information about Autism Spectrum Disorder, Applied Behaviour Analysis and how services are provided in the Ontario Autism Program.

The following 2-hour group workshops are available to all families registered with the Ontario Autism Program – Durham:

Welcome to the Ontario Autism Program Information Session

Parents who have registered for Ontario Autism Program (OAP) are invited to attend this information session to learn more about the key features of OAP, services and supports available to families throughout their journey in OAP, Direct Service and Direct Funding Options and OAP behavioural intervention. Parents will have an opportunity to meet with OAP staff to ask questions about OAP Durham.

It’s a Science: ABA 101

Parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may experience many challenges and opportunities to learn across the lifespan of their child. The focus of this workshop is to provide Parent/Caregivers with an in depth introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis in practice. This session will look at increasing understanding of ABA principles, ABA assessment and intervention and the significance of ABA as an intervention approach.

Family Services and Training

As part of the Ontario Autism Program you will be provided with information about the family services and training available in your community. These services can be accessed once you register and will continue to be available throughout your time in the program. These services may include workshops, groups and seminars about ASD, brief consultation, information on ABA and how services are provided in the OAP. These evidence based family services and trainings are linked to and build upon a parent/caregivers’ new and applied learning goals.

The following 2-hour group workshops are available to all families registered with the Ontario Autism Program – Durham:

Toileting Success: How you can make it happen!

Going to and using the toilet is an exciting, sometimes challenging, step for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This workshop teaches parents how to recognise the signs of readiness for toilet training, provides positive strategies to help children achieve success with day time and night time toilet training and advice on how to deal with toileting set backs and difficulties.

Get Angry: A “how to” lesson on coping strategies for children with ASD

Parents of children with ASD often struggle with how to teach their children positive ways to cope with stress. The focus of this workshop is to provide practical strategies in order to help children cope with anger and frustration. Topics that will be covered include: teaching children to identify anger cues, recognising anger triggers, and appropriate replacement behaviours.  Parents will participate in interactive hands-on activities and will receive resources to help support their child/youth at home.

Changing Bodies…. Changing Lives

Parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may struggle to understand and promote healthy sexual development in their children. The focus of this workshop is to provide information and practical strategies to parents/caregivers to help them support the healthy sexual development of their children. Topics that will be covered include addressing issues of sexuality, ages and stages of sexual development, public versus private, issues of social relationships and personal boundaries and healthy sexual development.

Data Collection

The goal of this training is to help prepare families prepare for services starting within OAP. This training is directed at helping families learn initial data collection and recoding methods commonly utilized in the OAP when working on addressing a target behaviour. This training will provide you with some introductory methods to collecting information related to the specific behaviour you are targeting.

Communication success: A beginner’s guide

Learning how to communicate our wants and needs is a key skill for all individuals. While communication can take a variety of forms (verbal, PECS, Sign Language, etc.) the tips and tricks to facilitating their success remain the same. This workshop will aim to teach families the skills needed to be successful when introducing a communication system.

I can do it! A “how-to” lesson on teaching children with ASD daily living skills

Activities of daily living are important for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to learn in order to achieve independence and learn skills they will need for life. The focus of this workshop is to provide practical strategies to help you develop skills on how to teach activities of daily living to your children. Topics that will be covered include how to pick what skill/activities to teach, how to break down tasks into teachable steps, how to teach the skills and monitor progress and how to apply these strategies to other skills in the future.

Let’s make friends! Social skills for 3-7 year olds

Individuals with ASD often demonstrate social skills difficulties, which can impact their ability to make friends and develop meaningful social relationships. Parents/caregivers are invited to attend this information session to learn more about developing their child’s social play and conversation skills with peers. This session will address common social skills deficits in children with ASD, consequences of social deficits and evidence-based methods for teaching social skills.

Social skills 101: A Guide to Behaviour Skills Training

Parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may experience many challenges and opportunities to learn across the lifespan of their child. The focus of this workshop is to provide parent/caregivers with information and skill training on how to teach social skills to their children by using the Behaviour Skills Training (BST) model. You will learn how to identify essential social skill goals for your child, practice strategies to model appropriate social skills and learn how to encourage positive social skills. Parents/Caregivers will participate in interactive discussions and will receive resources to better understand how they can support their child at home. This workshop is suitable for ages 8 to 18.

Making Sense of Sensory Processing & Self-Regulation

Sensory processing impacts our ability to effectively engage with the world. Children who have difficulty with sensory processing benefit from environmental strategies that can make managing their world easier. This workshop aims to teach families about the complex world of sensory processing and self-regulation, and what to try when their child becomes dysregulated.

Communicate, Learn & Play

This workshop and play group series for children under 5 years old with ASD focuses on strategies to support early communication development.  Parents will participate in a 1.5 hour workshop, followed by a 5-week interactive play group with their child.  Facilitators will support parents and children by modeling strategies and providing feedback throughout the play groups.

Caregiver Support Group

Parents/caregivers who have registered for the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) are invited to participate in a 4-week support group facilitated by a Registered Social Worker to share experiences, learn from other parents/caregivers and develop their support network. Parents will have the formal opportunity to connect within a social context for the purpose of facilitated discussion, mutual learning, and caregiver-to-caregiver mentorship.

Stand up to bullying: Education, Strategies and Resources to assist Parents of Children with ASD

Bullying is an issue that may affect kids at some point in their development. The focus of this workshop is to provide education and strategies to help parents equip their children to respond to and handle bullying in a variety of forms (i.e., physical, verbal, social, cyber). Parents will participate in interactive hands-on activities and will receive resources to help support your child at home. This workshop is geared towards supporting children ages 7 years and older.

Motivation 101: An Introduction to Motivating Children with ASD through Reinforcement

Parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can struggle with motivating their child to learn new skills and complete a variety of known skills (e.g., social skills, daily living skills, emotional regulation). The focus of this workshop is to provide practical strategies in order to help parents learn ways to reinforce desired behaviour in their child.  Topics that will be covered include the connection between motivation & reinforcement, types of reinforcement, how to identify reinforcers and some Do’s and Don’ts.

The Anxiety Toolbox: Introduction to Anxiety and Emotional Regulation

Parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may experience many challenges and opportunities to learn across the lifespan of their child.  The focus of this workshop is to provide parents/caregivers with an in-depth introduction to understanding anxiety and how it impacts challenging behaviours. Parents who attend this workshop will increase understanding of anxiety and emotional regulation and be provided with an overview of helpful strategies to address anxiety and emotional regulation challenges in the home

Tricky Transitions

This 5-week hands-on workshop is intended for parents/caregivers of children or youth with ASD who experience difficulty transitioning between activities and/or locations. This workshop provides general strategies to support multiple types of transitions. This workshop will discuss using prompts and reinforcement to support transitions, functions of behaviours and various tools such as timers, First/Then visuals and schedules. Caregivers will participate in the creation of visuals which they will take home. Families will receive opportunities to practice implementation of transition supports at Grandview with hands-on coaching.

How do I register for a workshop, group or information session?

Register online at:

For information about workshop topics and how to register please click here.  This will link you to the Event Calendar of our OAP partner agency, Lake Ridge Community Support Services (LRCSS). Please note that new workshop flyers are uploaded to the Event Calendar on a regular basis!

Having trouble registering online? Contact Grandview Kids at (905) 728-1673 ext. 2248 for assistance.

Educational Portal

Autism Ontario Learning Portal

Parent Training Videos

RFECY-D Resource Portal

Kerry’s Place Learning Portal

The Geneva Centre ‘Introduction to Autism: Free Online Series’

 

Important documents from the Ministry of Child and Youth Services for parents of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder:

From February 6, 2019 until March 31, 2019 the existing Ontario Autism Program is still in effect. 

Ontario Autism Program Clinical Supervisor Attestation

Ontario Autism Program Guidelines – January 2018

Independent Clinical Review Process Guidelines

Family Request Form

Family Guide to Clinical Teams

Family Information on the ICR Process

English version:
The new Independent Clinical Review (ICR) process for the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) is now available.

The ICR offers families and their children the opportunity to have key components of their OAP Behaviour Plan reviewed by a team of Independent Clinical Reviewers.

For more information on the ICR, please visit www.ontario.ca/autism or www.contactniagara.org.

 

French version:
Le nouveau processus d’examen clinique indépendant (ECI) du Programme ontarien de services en matière d’autisme (POSA) est maintenant disponible.

L’ECI offre aux familles et a leurs enfants la possibilité de faire examiner les principaux éléments du plan comportemental du POSA par une équipe d’examinateurs cliniques indépendants.

Pour plus de renseignements sur le ECI, veuillez consulter www.ontario.ca/autisme ou http://www.contactniagara.org/fr.

In partnership with CHEO, Grandview Children’s Centre provides the Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnostic Hub for Durham Region. Evidence shows that when children start behavioural intervention between ages two and five, they gain improvements in cognitive and language development, are better prepared for school and have better long-term outcomes in adulthood. Diagnosing children earlier and faster is critical to help children with autism access the services they need as quickly as possible.

The ministry supports five regional diagnostic hubs to provide access to diagnostic assessments. Families with children showing signs of autism can self-refer to receive a diagnostic assessment. Please click here to find out more.

How the Hubs Work

The hubs are improving the availability of more timely diagnostic assessments so that children can start accessing services as quickly as possible by:

  • Providing multi-disciplinary diagnostic assessments
    Connecting families with the appropriate services in their communities following a diagnostic assessment
    Increasing the number of professionals able to conduct ASD diagnostic assessments by offering training and capacity-building in their local communities

How to access the ASD Diagnostic Hub:

Contact Service Navigation  905 728 1673  ext. 2468 at Grandview to register with the ASD Diagnostic Hub

Please note that you will need a medical referral.