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The Autism Program of Eastern Ontario

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Welcome to the Autism Program of Eastern Ontario! We hope that you will find the contents of this website informative and useful in your journey with us.

The Autism Program of Eastern Ontario is a program of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) funded through the Ministry of Child and Youth Services (MCYS). It consists of three sections:

The Autism Intervention Program (AIP) provides Intensive Behavioural Intervention Services to children towards the severe end of the autism spectrum, in accordance with the MCYS guidelines. Services are provided in Ottawa-Carleton, Renfrew, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry and Prescott-RAutism logoussell counties.

The goal of the School Support Program is to work directly with teachers, educational assistants and other education professionals, as well as community partners to enhance supports available in the provision of educational services to any student with ASD (including Asperger’s and PDD-NOS) in the publicly funded school boards. Services are offered through consultation, training, and resource development. Requests for service for the SSP are sent by the School Boards. Parents cannot refer their child directly to this service.
The School Support Program provides services through the Connections for Students initiative. This program supports seamless transitions for children with ASD from Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) to public funded schools using Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) instructional methods.

The ABA Services and Supports Program provides services to children and youth with ASD and their parents in four domains:

  • Behaviour,
  • Communication,
  • Daily Living, and
  • Social/Emotional Regulation.

These services will increase the skills of children and youth with ASD, while also increasing education and supports offered parents to promote lasting changes.

The tool used to identify the strengths and needs of a child and his or her family is called the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths – Autism Spectrum Profile or CANS-ASP©[1]. The CANS relies on communication which means that the information collected identifies where and when action is required for the child and communicates these actionable items to all stakeholders involved in the care of a particular child. This information can then be used to develop, coordinate, and monitor a treatment plan for the child.

A copy of the CANS is completed with each family, and the answers are reviewed approximately every six (6) months throughout the child’s care.


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[1] Dr. John Lyons, 2004
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