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We know getting a diagnosis can be overwhelming. You probably have a lot of questions at this stage. We’re here to help. 

We can support you with:

  • Service coordination
  • Forms and applications
  • Individualized services to help you better support your child or youth

How should I get started?

Consider starting your journey with some of the following services. You can also view our calendar of events to see what’s upcoming.

Email autism@handstfhn.ca, or call us at 1-800-668-8555 ext. 1333 to get more information, register for services, or book an appointment.


Seminars

Interpret my Behaviour… Introduction to Applied Behavioural Analysis

  • Who it’s for: Parents and caregivers of children with Autism
  • What you’ll learn: The science of Applied Behavioural Analysis and skills that will help support your family 

Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Who it’s for: Parents and caregivers of children with Autism
  • What you’ll learn: You will develop a better understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We discuss the diagnostic process, genetic and environmental factors associated with ASD, and treatment options

Introduction to Speech-Language Services

  • Who it’s for: Parents and caregivers of children with Autism
  • What you’ll learn: This seminar covers all things related to speech, language, and communication. You will learn how and why your child communicates. We will also give you strategies to try at home to help communication development 

Autism Spectrum Disorder for Siblings and Little Friends

  • Who it’s for: Siblings and friends of people with Autism (ages 6-12) 
  • What you’ll learn: This is an introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder. Siblings and friends get to experience a fun and interactive information session while also learning about autism acceptance and awareness. 

Challenging Behaviours 101: Playing Detective

  • Who it’s for: Parents and caregivers of children with Autism
  • What you’ll learn: Understand why children engage in difficult behaviours and how to track them. We’ll also share tips on how to manage those behaviours

Challenging Behaviours 102: Steps to Positive Change

  • Who it’s for: Parents and caregivers of children with Autism
  • What you’ll learn: After Challenging Behaviours 101, take this session to learn in-depth strategies that can be used to decrease and manage challenging behaviours

Clinics

Caring for Caregivers

  • Who it’s for: Parents and caregivers of children with Autism
  • What you’ll learn: Meet other caregivers and help mitigate day-to-day stresses by discussing topics that are important to you. This support group meets once a week and is facilitated by a Registered Social Worker
  • Logistics: 1 hour per week for nine weeks

1 on 1 Support

Full details about 1 on 1 support programs can be found on the main Autism page

Consultation

  • Who it’s for: Parents/caregivers and the child/youth they are supporting  
  • What you’ll learn: Get help with service coordination, behavioural consultation, and speech-language consultation. 
  • When: Every Tuesday and Thursday between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm with extended hours the first Tuesday of every month (last appointment at 6:00 pm)

Behaviour Therapy

  • Who it’s for: Child/youth with Autism, with parental attendance as needed 
  • What you’ll learn: Work with a therapist to set goals, build new skills, and minimize challenging behaviours 

Speech-Language Therapy

  • Who it’s for: Child/youth with Autism, with parental attendance as needed 
  • What you’ll learn: Work with a speech-language therapist to develop communication and language skills