Ontario Autism Program

Ontario Autism Program – Foundational Family Services

Community Living North Halton is offering Foundational Family Services which supports capacity building for families to support their child’s learning and development. The services that will be offered are outlined below. Services are available to all families in the Ontario Autism Program at any time and are based on a family’s changing needs over time. Services will be offered in a variety of ways including virtual support and services are available to families at no cost.

The following services are included in Community Living’s Foundational Family Services:

Family Resource and Clinic Days

Meet with a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) or a Behaviour Clinician for an hour to discuss current challenges you are facing as it relates to challenging behaviour you are experiencing or a skill/behaviour you would like to increase or develop. The CLNH team member will discuss concepts and strategies that you can try at home to address your current concern.

*Sign up for our Clinic Day if you need help determining which of our services best suits your needs*

  • Schedule: Based on clinician/family availability (mutually agreed upon time)
  • Registration: Please use our online registration page HERE.  You will receive an email confirmation to confirm your appointment.
  • Modality: Remote

Brief Targeted Consultation

Work with CLNH’s clinical team to target a skill you are looking to increase or decrease across 3, 1 hours sessions + 1 month follow up session. The Behaviour Clinician will gather information on your goal for consultation during your initial appointment. Your clinician will share strategies and problem solve with you and follow up on the outcome during your consultation sessions.

  • Schedule: Based on clinician/family availability (mutually agreed upon time) 1 approximately 1 hour initial appointment and 3, 1 hour consultation sessions + 1, 1 hour follow up session 1 month later.
  • Registration: Please use our online form HERE and a Behaviour Clinician will contact you to set your initial appointment.
  • Modality: Remote

Caregiver Workshops and Coaching sessions

Behaviour Clinicians will present on a variety of topics to increase parent and caregivers knowledge in Applied Behaviour Analysis and related topics. Learn new concepts or refresh yourself on what you have learned in the past while having the opportunity to ask questions and interact with Behaviour Clinicians. Want to discuss more? After the workshop, sign up for an individualized coaching session with a Behaviour Clinician on the workshop topic.


Upcoming Workshops:

Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder

The purpose of this workshop is to increase knowledge and understanding of autism spectrum disorder and to help caregivers become familiar with the diagnostic process. We will briefly look at the history of ASD, the current diagnostic criteria, the importance of receiving a diagnosis and the process, supporting individuals with ASD through the lifespan, and look into the individuality and uniqueness of ASD

Upcoming Dates:

Monday October 26th, 2020;  5:30pm-6:30pm
Tuesday November 10th, 2020; 11:00am-12:00pm

Social Skills: Autism and Applied Behaviour Analysis

In this workshop parents and caregivers will learn about concepts related to teaching social skills as they are used in applied behavioural analysis and autism. Topics discussed include the importance of learning about social skills for those with an autism diagnosis, differences in social skill curriculum focus for children and teens, how to use behaviour skills training to effectively teach social skills, and how to increase socialization opportunities for the child in your care.

Upcoming Dates:

Wednesday October 21st, 2020; 11:00am-12:00pm
Monday November 2nd, 2020; 5:30pm-6:30pm

Executive Functioning: 10 Areas to Help Organize and Manage Everyday Life

Do you find that your teen finds it difficult to manage information, make decisions, set goals and plan ahead? This could be a sign that they may have trouble with Executive Functioning. These are skills we use in everyday life and we all have the potential to develop them further. But, how do we do that? In this workshop, we explore the 10 areas of Executive Functioning that may be affecting your adolescent or teen’s day-to-day-functioning, identify which areas they need help with and provide you, the parent with some strategies to address these areas of Executive Functioning.

Upcoming Dates:

Monday October 26th, 2020; 11:00am-12:00pm
Thursday November 12th, 2020, 5:30pm-6:30pm

Problem Solving Using POWER Solving: A 5 Step Model Solving Everyday Social Problems

Solving everyday social problems can be difficult and helping your kids develop these problem solving skills can be even more so. The POWER-Solving model is a 5-step system used to promote independent problem solving skills using an interactive and positive approach. In this workshop we will present the 5-step POWER-Solving model, provide examples of how to use it and give you the skills necessary to help teach your child to solve daily social problems.

Upcoming Dates:

Thursday October 29th, 2020; 5:30pm-6:30pm
Wednesday November 4th, 2020; 11:00am-12:00pm

Family and Peer Mentoring:

Do you have a child with ASD and are looking for help in supporting your other children? Meet with a Behaviour Clinician to review a Parent’s Guide to Supporting Siblings of individuals with ASD. Take the opportunity to share your individualized goals or concerns regarding the ASD diagnosis or sibling support and the Behaviour Clinician will provide support using resources that address your needs.   


Transition Supports:

Behaviour Clinicians will support families of children and youths experiencing school based transitions, transitioning to adulthood, etc. based on the individual need of the parent/caregiver.


Coming Soon

For more information on the Ontario Autism Program: Foundational Family services, visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontario-autism-program-foundational-family-services


Ontario Autism Program – Fee For Service

Community Living North Halton is currently offering Fee For Service programming remotely via Telehealth Services. Services include Evidence Based Behavioural Services and Additional Autism Services and Supports, both of which are eligible to Purchase with a Childhood Budget, Interim One Time Funding or private funds. If you are interested in receiving remote services and support or would like to plan ahead for in person services once they become available, email oap@clnh.on.ca to start the process to get the support you are looking for.

For more information on the Ontario Autism Program, visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontario-autism-program