Hands’ Autism Services are here to support you on your family’s journey. We offer a flexible, broad range of evidence-based services to support you and your child. We will work with you to design a family plan that best meets your individual needs across the lifespan.
To our OAP families, you will begin to receive letters regarding the sharing of your personal information with the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) for the purpose of the new Ontario Autism Program (OAP). If you have any questions about this letter or the collection of your personal information, please reach out to OAP directly at 1-888-444-4530. Thank you. https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontario-autism-program
Hands’ Foundational Service Offerings
- Online Autism Clinics Summer 2020
- Online Autism Seminars Summer 2020
- Virtual Autism Consultations Summer 2020
- Caring For Caregivers Virtual Support Group
- Virtual “How To” Learning Series
Autism Services Available:
- Behaviour Assessment and Consultation – Free Virtual Consultations with a BCBA/BCaBA every Tuesday!
- Clinical Service Coordination
- Caregiver Coaching and Training
- Evidence-Based Behaviour Intervention (ABA/IBI), including Group-Based and Individualized Service Options
- Life Skills and Independence Building
- Speech-Language Services
- Social Skill Programs
- Employment Supports
- Transition to Adulthood Programs
- Camp-Based Programs
Register for our services with Hands’ Family Service Workers at 1.800.668.8555 ext. 1333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hands continues to offer our weekly free Virtual Autism Consultations and is now accepting NEW CLIENTS for behavioural services. Hands’ Autism Services are available to all children, youth and families with an Autism diagnosis.
We continue to engage with families as we design Autism Services to respond to the needs and areas of pressure for you and your family. Hands 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!
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Register for Autism Services, Clinics and Seminars with Hands’ Family Service Workers
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Intensive Skill-Building Clinics
View current Autism Clinics here:
Circles for Children
Help your child develop the skills for creating relationships and social boundaries by registering for our Circles Clinic. This 5-week program will teach children, ages 4 to 6, 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 (held during the first session).
Circles for Youth
Help your youth develop the skills for creating relationships and social boundaries by registering for our Circles Clinic. This program is designed to support each youth in learning and understanding the different relationships and intimacies they may encounter in their life. This 4-week program will teach youth, ages 12 to 16, 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. Participants can expect to be taught to recognize the characteristics to identify specific relationships.
Help your child develop the skills for creating positive peer interactions by joining our Early Socializers Clinic. This 4-week program will help children, ages 6 to 9, 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 to connect and share their experiences.
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.
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.
Let’s Get Social and Start Building
Help your child develop the skills for creating positive peer interactions while having fun building and experimenting in our Social Building Clinic. This 4-week program will help children, ages 9 to 12, develop and strengthen their social skills with peers. Children will learn these essential skills by engaging in a variety of crafts, building activities and science experiments. Areas of focus will include turn-taking, waiting, sharing and positive social interactions in an inclusive and judgement-free space.
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.
Transition to Adulthood
Help your youth develop the skills for independence and day-to-day routines by joining our Transition to Adulthood Clinic, for ages 14 to 18. Participants will learn daily living skills to help develop independence, including personal hygiene, organization, saving, nutrition, and cooking. Your youth will learn with peers in an interactive social and inclusive learning environment.
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.
Hands’ Virtual Autism Consultations are available for free, every Tuesday, 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.
Changes to the Ontario Autism Program
We’re here to help you navigate the changes to services under the new Ontario Autism Program.
Stay in the know with Hands’ Autism Services Road Map – Revised February 2020
Completing your Childhood Budget Form
Let us take on some of your worry! Did you know you can choose Hands to help manage your Childhood Budget?
When you complete your Ontario Autism Program Childhood Budget Form, under section 5, you have the option to have some or all, of your budget directed to a Hands. Our team will help you choose the right services to meet your individual needs and support your funding reconciliation.
See the example below. To choose Hands, you will need to include our legal name: Algonquin Child and Family Services.
Changes to the Ontario Autism Program
Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca (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:
On July 29, 2019, the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services announced that they are taking a pause in rolling out the Ontario Autism Program in order to reset their efforts. Learn more.
We're Here for Your Journey
Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca 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.
Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca’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.
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.”
BA; 11 years’ experience
“As a Family Service Worker, I love listening to the needs of families and helping guide them through services to enhance their daily lives. If I can make accessing supports easier for families, it is truly my pleasure.”
BCBA; 8 years’ experience
“I love the opportunity to use the ever developing field of Applied Behaviour Analysis to build skills and support families during some of their most challenging moments.”
Connect with Us
For early signs of Autism, tip sheets, helpful links and additional information to support families, please visit our Resources page.
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