Ontario Autism Program: Foundational Family Services
Updated: Apr 22
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Upon receiving an autism diagnosis, families need support navigating the system, and access to information and direction.
Families registered in the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) are able to access Foundational Family Services to learn about ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and strategies to support their children.
Foundational Family Services equips parents with a stronger knowledge base for when paid services begin.
This part of the OAP offers a number of FREE supports including:
brief targeted consultations
caregiver workshops and follow-up coaching sessions
family resource and clinic days
family and peer mentoring
OAP Foundational Family Services are offered by over 30 providers. Not only are they unlimited, families also are not restricted to providers just in their region.
To register, you may be asked to provide your child's OAP number. Click on the provider name to see what they offer
George Jeffrey Children’s Centre (delivered in partnership with CCR)
McMaster Children’s Hospital/Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre
THRIVE Child Development Centre (delivered in partnership with CCR)
Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services - Halton and Brantford
These programs are not meant to replace direct service from trained professionals but are complementary. They provide more insight and information about ASD, and give parents/caregivers tools to help their children.
For more information, please go to the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services website here
If you have any questions regarding Foundational Family Services or the OAP, don't hesitate to reach out to us
News release: Ontario Provides More Supports for Families of Children on the Autism Spectrum (August 2020)