Children and Youth

Autism Services

Changes to the Ontario Autism Program

Hands (Hands) is committed to helping families and our communities as partners in providing the best services possible.  On February 6, 2019, the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services announced significant changes to service for children diagnosed with Autism in Ontario. As we work to understand and implement these changes, our priority is to ensure our families feel fully supported.

Further information regarding these changes can be found on the Ministry’s website:

Register for Autism Clinics with Hands’ Family Service Workers
at 1.800.668.8555 ext. 1333 or

Autism Service Offerings

*New Services for Children and Youth Now Available!

Hands continues to engage with families as we design Autism Services to respond to the needs and areas of pressure for you and your family. We will continue to build our long-term service offerings and will update our website as they become available. Tailored to meet the unique needs of your child, youth and family, individualized direct behavioral intervention remains a core service offering of our program – Call us to learn more!

Hands is pleased to share its initial autism service offerings for July 2019. Stay tuned for updates and future summer/fall 2019 Autism Services! Hands’ Autism Services are available to all children, youth and families with an Autism diagnosis.

Register for our clinics with Hands’ Family Service Workers at 1.800.668.8555 ext. 1333 or Ask us about details on individual clinic costs. 

Intensive Skill-Building Clinics for Children


Help your child develop the skills for creating relationships and social boundaries by registering for our Circles Clinic. This program is designed to support each child in learning and understanding the different relationships and intimacies they may encounter in their life. This 5-week program will teach children, ages 5 to 8, about the different types of relationships they have with people, and the closeness that is appropriate in each of those relationships. Circles will support learning to form relationships and maintain them, according to social norms and social boundaries. Children, with help from their caregiver(s), will be taught to recognize the characteristics to identify specific relationships. This Clinic includes 4 child-centered sessions, plus a 1-hour caregiver information session to be booked after registration.

North Bay – Saturdays from 9:00 am to 11:00 am (July 6, 13, 20 & 27)

Parry Sound – Wednesdays from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm (July 10, 17, 24 & 31)

Bracebridge – Thursdays from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm (July 11, 18, 25 & August 1)

Registration Deadline: June 28, 2019

Early Socializers

Help your child develop the skills for creating positive peer interactions by registering for our Early Socializers Clinic. This 4-week program will help children, ages 4 to 8, develop and strengthen their social skills with peers. Children will learn these essential skills by engaging in a variety of school-age games and group activities, with the support of their caregiver(s). Early Socializers is also a great opportunity for caregivers in the community to connect with each other to share their stories and experiences.

North Bay – Saturdays from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm (July 6, 13, 20 & 27)

Bracebridge – Fridays from 9:00 am to 11:00 am (July 12, 19, August 16 & 23)

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Play-Dates with Purpose

This drop-in program will help your child learn through play-dates with other children, giving them the chance to practice new skills in a fun environment. Children, ages 2 to 6, will learn, interact with peers, engage in activities, and practice skills in a fun, relaxed play-based environment with the support of trained clinicians. It’s also a great opportunity to connect with other caregivers in the community.

North BayFridays from 9:00 am to 11:00 am (July 5, 12, 19 & 26)

Bracebridge – Fridays from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm (July 12, 19, August 16 & 23)

Parry Sound – Thursdays from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm (July 11, 18, August 15 & 22)

Drop-In Rate: $20.00 per hour/per child. Space is limited; Call to confirm your spot. Registration closes the day prior to each Play-Date.

Intensive Skill-Building Clinics for Youth

Let’s Get Working

Help your youth learn essential skills to enter the workforce by registering for Let’s Get Working. These skills include: building resumes, interviewing, job-seeking, and appropriate workplace behaviour. Hands’ team will provide an interactive and inclusive learning environment, allowing your youth, ages 14 to 17, to interact with peers and learn through exercises, practice, reflection, discussions, and readings.

North Bay – Tuesdays from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (July 9, 16, 23 & 30)

Registration Deadline: July 2, 2019

Transition to Adulthood

Help your youth develop the skills for independence and day-to-day routines by registering for our Transition to Adulthood Clinic, for ages 14 to 18. Participants will learn daily living skills to help develop independence, including: personal hygiene, building relationships, setting up a bank account, grocery shopping, and cooking. Your youth will learn with peers in an interactive and inclusive learning environment.

North Bay – Thursdays from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm  (July 11, 18 & 25)

Bracebridge – Mondays from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm (July 8, 15 & 22)

Registration Deadline: July 5, 2019

Teen Connection

Help your youth, ages 14 to 18, learn the unique social skills they’ll need in life through our Teen Connection. This program is designed to be fun while building skills around conversation starters, sarcasm, exaggerations, and positive peer social interactions. Participants will learn in an interactive and inclusive environment through practice, reflection, and games.

North BaySaturdays from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm (July 6, 13, 20 & 27)

Bracebridge – Tuesdays from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm (July 2, 9, 16 & August 6)

Parry Sound – Mondays from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (July 8, 15, 22 & 29)

Registration Deadline: June 28, 2019

Complimentary Services

Autism Consultations

Hands is extending its free virtual Autism Consultations throughout the summer for children, youth and families across Northern Ontario.


Hands’ Virtual Autism Consultations are available for free, every Tuesday until August 31st, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (last session at 3:00 pm).

How to connect to a Virtual Autism Consultation?

Hands’ Virtual Autism Consultations are available by video or phone from anywhere in Northern Ontario.
To make arrangements for a same-day virtual session, parents may call Hands starting at 9:00 am the morning of each Consultation.
If joining by video, a member of our team will provide you with a link to join us from anywhere you have internet access. No need to download software or have any special equipment. If connecting by phone, we will call you at the time of your session.

To make arrangements for a same-day virtual session, parents may call Hands at 1.800.668.8555 ext. 1333, starting at 9:00 am the morning of each Clinic.

More information on Hands’ Autism Consultations.

Together We’re Better

Hands has been providing behavioural services in Northeastern Ontario for more than 18 years. We recognize that every child, youth and family has specific needs and wants. We also understand the unique challenges facing families in Northern Ontario. Building on families strengths combined with our expertise, has resulted in many success stories for the clients we serve. We want to continue to be a part of your journey.

Our approach to service allows us the flexibility to meet you where you need us. With office locations across the Northeast Region, we are able to help families both in-person and by using technology to reach those in rural and remote communities. As innovators of videoconferencing in the delivery of health services to rural locations, we are proud to continue offering virtual supports from the convenience of a home, community or school environment.

Hands recognizes the value of providing services to families that are respectful of their culture, values and beliefs, including language, and community involvement.

Our Team

Hands’s team of professionals is dedicated to providing evidence-based behavioural services for children and youth, with additional supports for families and other caregivers.

We are proud to have 10 team members with Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) or Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst (BCaBA) certification.  Our team is led by a registered Clinical Psychologist and includes Behaviour Therapists and Registered Behaviour Technicians, who engage in extensive training in Applied Behaviour Analysis.

Our team members are experts in: child and adolescent development; skill development and behaviour change; and, service navigation. We have strong relationships with our community partners and will work together to build the best supports for your family.

We’re here to help!

Ready to register for any of the services above?
New to an Autism diagnosis?
Have questions about the new Ontario Autism Program?
Have ideas and suggestions for new service offerings?

Hands’ team of experts is here to support your family. Contact us:


For early signs of Autism, tip sheets, helpful links and additional information to support families, please visit our Resources page.

For more information on the Ontario Autism Program in North Eastern Ontario please contact us: 

Meet some of our experts!


BCaBA; 12 years’ experience

“A parent shared with me that their child spontaneously said ‘I love you mom’ for the first time.  These moments are the reason I do this work and why I love it so much.”


BCBA; 7 years’ experience

“It’s rewarding when a parent tells me that they are confident that their child will be successful, and that they have the tools and strategies to get there.”


BCaBA; 9 years’ experience

“My work gives me the opportunity to spend time with children and see them develop into amazing little people”