QuickStart Early Intervention Program

QuickStart early Intervention Program: A Collaborative Program between QuickStart – Early Intervention for Autism and Emerging Minds

QuickStart – Early Intervention for Autism (QuickStart Autism) is a Canadian Registered Charity who funds the QuickStart Early Intervention Program (formerly called KickStart) and Emerging Minds is the private service care provider who delivers QuickStart Early Intervention (QuickStart) program.  Please note that this program is only available through out charity. QuickStart funds this program at $3,900 per child, thanks to our donors and supporters along with the InKind support of Emerging Minds.

The QuickStart program is evidence informed and is a one-on-one parent-coaching program with the parent(s) and the child. Currently, due to COVID-19, our program is being offered virtually.

When a family qualifies for the QuickStart program, they receive individualized weekly sessions with: an occupational therapist, a speech therapist, and an educator therapist. (Note: SLP and OT therapy are not part of our program.) 

To be eligible for the QuickStart program:

  • Your child has an Autism diagnosis or is showing signs of autism.
  • Your child is 24 months of age or under.
  • The parent must be able to attend and participate with their child at each appointmentThe appointments are held weekly during weekday working hours, and are one hour to 1.5 hours long.  The appointments are attended, without interruption, for the duration of the program.
  • The child must not be receiving more than 10 hours per week of other autism-related interventions such as speech therapy, occupational etc.
  • Parents must commit to applying the treatment strategies that they have learned at a rate of at least 2 hours per day during their everyday activities with their child. 
  • Parents are able and willing to complete a weekly intervention log.
If you are interested in our QuickStart program, please contact Suzanne at QuickStart Autism at info@quickstartautism.ca or by phone at 613-791-3757 for more information.

If you have already been accepted into the QuickStart Early Intervention program and need to change your appointment, please contact Debbie Ladisa at 613-728-3808.

You can help.  Our QuickStart Early Intervention program is offered at no cost to the family.  This doesn't mean it's 'free'.  To do this, we rely on donors, foundation grants and community support.  We receive no government funding.  Please help the children continue to reach their full potential by donating today. 

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"It's almost like he's opening his eyes to the world for the first time," said O'Reilly. "He's able to engage. He's able to play with toys. He's more aware of his environment and his surroundings. It's beautiful to be able to see him." Connor and his Mom 


"We are a family in Ottawa who have 2 boys under the age of four with ASD. They were fortunate enough to be able to go through QuickStart's Early Intervention Program which has made a huge positive impact on all of our lives. 
Early intervention is so important, and as many parents of children with ASD know, there aren't very many options out there. Most options include an incredibly long wait list, or the parents have to pay for private therapy which would cost thousands of dollars.
Within 2 months of diagnosing both of our sons with ASD, QuickStart had them in an early intervention program called KickStart that included Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and a Parent Coach. This was at absolutely no cost to us and it provided our children with therapy that has helped them to learn new skills and has taught us to follow through on the therapy at home through parent coaching. There isn't anything out there like this. My youngest son, who is 20 months old, was not speaking at all when he started the program, within 3 months, he now has more than 25 words and is starting to put 2 words together. The parent coach also gave me the tools to prepare my eldest son for JK in September. We continue to implement socialization and imagination skills that we were coached on during the Kickstart program. 
We are incredibly grateful to QuickStart and to the charities that support this amazing early intervention program. We cannot express in words how much this has changed our lives! Thank you!"  Catherine & Derek


Our sincere thanks to all our donors.  

Special thanks to Unity for Autism for providing a generous grant to fund 7 children in our program for 2019!  In the past 10 years Unity for Autism has granted over $172,600 to our charity to help children and families in the National Capital Region!  


Our thanks also to the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa for their generous support of our QuickStart Early Intervention program!  The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa donated $55,000 to help launch our QuickStart Early Intervention Program!



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