Good News for Kids Living with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Families in Eastern Ontario with children with Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) can now access new Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) based services.

The Autism Program of Eastern Ontario at CHEO, in partnership with the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre (OCTC), was selected by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services as the province’s ABA provider for the eastern Ontario region. This service will now be offered to families living in Ottawa-Carleton, Renfrew, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry and Prescott-Russell counties.

The program is designed to help children and youth with ASD build skills in the areas of communication, behaviour management, social and daily living, through the use of ABA strategies. It also looks at increasing practical life skills and decreasing interfering behaviours.

Together, CHEO and the OCTC developed 24 education curriculums, trained new hires, set up physical spaces for parent training and clinical activities and created all of the clinical materials to be used in the program.

This program is part of a province-wide initiative to provide additional services to children and youth with ASD, including those with Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Specified (PDD-NOS), and Asperger’s Disorder.

CHEO’s Autism Program of Eastern Ontario is funded through the MCYS. It consists of three streams: the Autism Intervention Program of Eastern Ontario (AIP), the School Support Program of Eastern Ontario (SSP), and the new Applied Behaviour Analysis Services Program of Eastern Ontario (ABA).