QuickStart Autism is now helping fund private diagnostic assessments for children up to 24 months of age who are showing signs of autism.
Why? The new Ontario Autism Program is now offering free Caregiver-mediated Early Years programs (parent coaching programs). To access these programs, the child must have a diagnosis of autism and receive an invitation letter to the early years programs. The programs are offered to children 12 to 48 months of age. However, wait-times for a funded diagnostic assessment are 18 to 24 months.
We can usually have an assessment completed within 3 to 6 months for a child.
Are you worried about your child? Did you know that parents can now follow their child's development beginning at two months of age through Baby Navigator. This is an excellent resource from Florida State University that is open to parents in Canada. The site includes videos, developmental milestones and a free screening tool for children up to 24 months. Baby Navigator screens for Communication Disorders and Autism.
Do you think your child is showing signs of autism? Are they under 24 months of age? For more information, fill out the request form for Diagnostic Assessment Support below.
Please note that you will be required to create a profile to complete the form.
* OAP Caregiver-mediated Early Years programs: There are six early years programs to choose from, one is the new ESI/SCERTS QuickStart™ Autism Navigator® being offered through an associated company QuickStart Early Years. QuickStart™ Autism Navigator® is for children up to 36 months of age, who have a diagnosis of autism. For more information about the QuickStart™ Autism Navigator® program click here.