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Supports for your entire family

We work not only with your child or youth, but also with parents and caregivers to provide tools and resources for the entire family

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Tailored approach to meet your needs

No two people are the same, and our services reflect that. We create a unique plan that will work for your needs

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In-person and virtual Services

Our team is committed to providing high quality service no matter how we connect


What can Autism and Behavioural Services do for you?

We are here to support you and your family on your journey. First, our Family Service Team will work with you to learn about you and your family and understand your needs. Then, we’ll work together to create a plan that works for you. We offer a wide range of evidence-based services to support your family.

Contact us to get more information, register for services, or book an appointment.


What makes our Autism and Behavioural Services unique?

We have been providing bilingual Autism and Behavioural Services in Northeastern Ontario for over 19 years. We embrace the uniqueness of each of our clients and understand that every person has their own: 

  • Story
  • Wants
  • Needs
  • Strengths 

We also understand the unique challenges facing families in Northern Ontario and are well-equipped to help you find solutions to those challenges. 

Our services respect each family’s culture, values, and beliefs. We are also happy to involve your community in your journey with us as much or as little as you’d prefer. 

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How can I access services?

We have offices across Northeastern Ontario for easy access to in-person sessions. We are also proud to be a leader in offering virtual support to families.
This means we can support you from your home, community, or school environment. Let us know what works for you and we will do our best to make it happen.

Contact us to get more information, register for services, or book an appointment.


What services are available?

Our families have the following service options available to them. Click on the tabs below to learn more about each service.

You can also view our current Autism Service offerings.

Diagnostics

Our psychology team can help diagnose your child/youth if needed. We use detailed psychological assessment tools to help you understand your child’s unique strengths and needs. This service is only available through a referral from a community partner.

Consultations

You can access our Autism consultations by video or phone from anywhere in Northern Ontario. They are open to any families who have a child or youth diagnosed with Autism. Consultations provide help on service coordination, behavioural consultation, and speech-language consultation. 

Consultation spots are available every Tuesday between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, with extended evening hours the first Tuesday of every month (last appointment at 6:00 pm). If Tuesday doesn’t work for your family, call to arrange a different day that suits your schedule. 

Seminars 

Seminars are 1.5 to 2-hour long information sessions for caregivers. Each seminar focuses on a specific topic to help you engage with a child or youth with Autism. We focus on sharing information and giving you general strategies to increase your confidence in your chosen topic area. We have a variety of seminars available throughout the year and deliver both in-person and virtually. 

Clinics

Clinics are small group offerings for children and youth with Autism, and in some cases, their caregivers. They focus on social skills, positive peer interactions, and conversation skills. Through fun and interactive activities, children and youth increase their abilities to interact with each other and staff appropriately.   

Individualized Behaviour Therapy

Individualized Behaviour Therapy helps your child/youth set goals and meet their needs. It supports building new skills, enhancing delayed skills, or minimizing challenging behaviours. We are flexible, and tailor our approach to therapy depending on the child or youth we’re working with. 

First, we work to understand your child/youth’s current skills and challenges. Then we create a personalized behaviour intervention plan that meets the needs of the child/youth and the family as a whole. 

Every child/youth starts therapy with an assessment to determine current skills level. Then, we will create a personalized and flexible treatment plan to meet the needs of the child/youth. 

Speech-Language Therapy

Speech-Language Therapy helps your child/youth develop their communication skills. Specific aspects may include:

  • Articulation
  • Pronunciation
  • Expressing and understanding language
  • Social skills
  • Cognitive communication
  • Literacy skills
  • Augmentative and/or alternative communication
  • Swallowing/feeding issues 

Every child/youth starts therapy with an assessment to determine current skills level. Then, we will create a personalized and flexible treatment plan to meet the needs of the child/youth. 

Caregiver-Mediated Early Years – Project ImPACT

Caregiver-mediated early years programs support families with young children ages 12 to 48 months (1 to 4 years). The programs help young children learn new skills and meet individualized goals.

Hands is funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services to deliver caregiver-mediated early years programs. You may choose to request caregiver-mediated early years services from Hands.

We are pleased to offer Project ImPACT as a caregiver-mediated early years program, which is supported by research and based on developmental science and applied behavioral analysis (ABA) principles.

Project ImPACT is a coaching program for young children with Autism that teaches parents/caregivers strategies you can use to help your child develop social, communication, imitation, and play skills during daily routines and activities. Working with your family, our professionally trained team will teach parents/caregivers therapeutic strategies and specific techniques based on your child’s individual needs.

How do I register?

Children ages 12 to 48 months with Autism who have received an invitation letter from the Ontario Autism Program may register for caregiver-mediated early years programs.

Email autism@handstfhn.ca, or call us at 1-800-668-8555 ext. 1333 to get more information, help determine the appropriate service for your child, or to register for services.


How can we help you get started?

We have different pathways depending on where you are in your journey.
If you’re not sure where to start, try exploring the category that most relates to you. 

In each section, we recommend some services that will help you get started.


Resources

Read more about Autism, view our tip sheets, and explore other helpful links on our resources page.

Our Team

Our team is dedicated to providing evidence-based services for children, youth, and their families and other caregivers.  Our team is led by a registered Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Karen Grattan-Miscio, and includes Behaviour Therapists, Registered Behavior Technicians, Social Workers, and Speech-Language Pathologists. We have all been extensively trained in supporting children and youth with Autism with expertise in: 

  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Assessment and Diagnostics
  • Communication
  • Targeted Skill Development 
  • School Readiness
  • Crisis and Complex needs
  • Behaviour Change
  • Service Navigation

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How can I get in touch?

Are you ready to register for any of the services above?  Do you have questions about the new Ontario Autism Program?  Are you new to an Autism diagnosis?  Do you have ideas or suggestions for new service offerings? 

Contact us today. We would love to discuss your options or connect you to other services if necessary. Our team of experts is waiting for your call. 

You can also email us at autism@handstfhn.ca or access our referral forms