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
We have many tip sheets that can give you more information on topics to support your child’s development. Explore our tip sheets below to learn more.
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]
Find additional Autism-related resources here.
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
- Welcome To Hands – Client and Family Package: Find information about our organization and how we work
- Client Statement of Rights: Understand your rights as a client of Hands
- Muskoka Family Network: A place to connect with other families who have been touched by a disability
- Fem’aide: A provincial helpline for Francophone women dealing with violence
- COPMI – Children of Parents with a Mental Illness: Promoting better outcomes for children and families where a parent experiences mental illness
- Family Care Centre: An evidence-based resource hub for parents of children and youth with mental illness to help parents find much-needed support
Anxiety and Depression
Death and Grieving
Divorce and Separation
Developmental Services for Adults
Explore general information on Adult Developmental Services, as well as topic-specific resources below.
General Information and Forms
Supporting Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Executive Functioning Newsletter
Developmental Services Ontario
- Passport Program: Visit the DSO website
- Determining a Passport Applicant’s Priority for Service: Read about who gets priority for funding and how the funding amount is determined
- Passport Tip sheet: Learn what you can and can’t pay for with Passport funding
- Passport Program Guidelines: An overview of the Passport Program for caregivers and adults with disabilities
- Submitting a Passport eClaim: Learn about how to submit Passport invoices online
- Passport Program Ministry Updates: Keep up to date on news and updates in the Passport Program
- How to submit an e-claim: Submit your claims online
- Ministry information: Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services website
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:
- Troubleshooting Common Issues Using BlueJeans – VIDEO
- Troubleshooting Common Issues Using BlueJeans – PDF
- How to Download and Join BlueJeans Sessions on a Laptop – VIDEO
- How to Download and Join BlueJeans Sessions on a Laptop – PDF
- How to Download and Join BlueJeans Sessions on a Phone or Tablet – VIDEO
- How to Download and Join BlueJeans Sessions on a Phone or Tablet – PDF