ABA Services and Supports is a Ministry of Children and Youth funded program carried out by a lead agency in your area:
- McMaster Children's Hospital in the Hamilton region (905-521-2100 ext. 74136),
- Bethesda in the Niagara region (905-684-6918 ext. 256),
- Lansdowne Children's Centre in Brantford and Brant county (519-753-3154 ext. 262) , and
- Haldimand-Norfolk R.E.A.C.H. in Haldimand and Norfolk Counties (1-800-265-8087 ext. 271).
Children and youth up to age 17 (up to their 18th birthday) with an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis are eligible for this program.
The ABA Services and Supports program provides short-term, goal oriented interventions for children and youth, and training and supports for families and caregivers. The length of time in service typically ranges from two to six months and up to 4 hours a week depending upon the needs of the child/youth or parent. The focus for these ABA services are: communication skills, social skills, daily living skills and behaviour management/emotional regulation.
Referrals are accepted from parents, family physicians, psychiatrists, developmental pediatricians, psychologists, psychological associates, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, social workers and nurses. The child or youth must have a confirmed diagnosis of an ASD.
Referrals are accepted by contacting one of the following:
- Hamilton region: 905-521-2100 ext. 74136
- Contact Brant: 519-758-8228
- Contact Haldimand-Norfolk: 1-800-265-8087 or 519-587-2441
- Contact Niagara: 905-684-3407 or 1-800-933-3617
* Call the agency that is in the area where you live
Once the registration is complete, a child or youth Needs Assessment will take place. Parents are actively involved with this assessment.
Service Coordination and Treatment Plan
Based on the needs identified through assessment with collaborative input from parents, ABA clinician(s), and other community service providers, a plan will be developed for the child/youth and their family. Short term goals will be set and prioritized.
- Parent Workshops and Training: Workshops and training will be offered throughout the year. Workshops will provide general information about autism and ABA topics. Training will involve a series of sessions focusing on attaining new knowledge and skills on a variety of ABA strategies.
View our ASD Workshop Schedule here.
- Clinic Day appointments: One hour clinic appointments will be offered monthly as an opportunity for parents to ask questions, discuss strategies and receive additional instruction or information. These appointments are held at the agency, or completed by telephone.
Click here for more information about a Clinic Day appointment
Click here for information about Family Nights
Psychological Associate, Clinical Supervisors, Behaviour Therapists and ABA Interventionists