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Autism and Behavioural Services

Explore our resources, tip sheets, and links to other programs below

Early Signs of Autism

We understand that it can be scary if your toddler is showing signs of a developmental delay. Understanding what is going on is your best first step.

Read through the list of early signs of Autism below. If your child is showing any of the signs, please speak with us at Hands, or your family doctor as soon as possible.

  • Not responding to sounds, voices, or name
  • Poor eye contact
  • No social smiling by 6 months
  • Unusual attachment to or use of toys/objects
  • Not showing items or sharing interests
  • No babbling, pointing, meaningful gestures by 12 months
  • Any loss of speech or social skills
  • No two-word phrases by 24 months
  • No use of single words by 16 months

Respite Funding

We offer respite funding for those in crisis, as well as for group and individual activities. You can find our applications for respite funding below.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Cunnington, Enhanced Respite Coordinator, at 1-800-668-8555 ext. 4209 or by email at [email protected]

Child and Youth Mental Health

Explore general information on Child and Youth Mental Health, as well as topic-specific resources below.

General Information and Forms

Family Resources

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Tele-Mental Health

Ontario’s Tele-Mental Health Service provides children and youth in rural, remote and underserved communities with access to specialized mental health consultations through videoconferencing. Find information below:

Youth Information Sheet: Read more information about your video meeting

Developmental Services for Adults

Explore general information on Adult Developmental Services, as well as topic-specific resources below.

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Passport Program

Virtual Support

We offer virtual service wherever possible, to safely deliver important and much-needed services while protecting employees, clients, families and communities.

We have developed resources to help you access our services virtually. Click on the links below to learn more about connecting to virtual services using BlueJeans: