early intervention

Early intervention gives your child the chance to achieve their best.  If you have any concerns about your child's development, do not wait

What does Early Intervention mean?  Early Intervention is providing help to a child at the first signs of a developmental delay. Early Intervention includes: speech therapy, parent coaching, behaviour consultation, occupational therapy, developmental and behaviour therapies and more.

Where to Start 

Contact us at info@QuickStartAutism.ca or call us at 613.791.3757.  There's lots of great information on our website too.

Parents can 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 for communication disorders and autism. The screening is for children 9 to 18 months. 

Private insurance often covers a psychologist for a diagnosic assessment.  Look at our Info & Resouces page for the names of some private psychologists, pediatrician (OHIP). speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, behavour consultants, etc.  There is a fee for private psychologists.  There is no charge for an OHIP doctor (referral required). Make sure the psychologist has experience in assessing children your child's age. Girls present differently for autism signs. 

The sooner you have your child assessed, the sooner you will know what to do to help your child (autism or not). 

If your child is diagnosed with Autism, register your child with the Ontario Autism Program as soon as possible by calling 1.888.444.4530 and by email at oap@ontario.ca  Click here to link to the Ministry website for more information. 

If your child isn't meeting the developmental milestones you can also contact the CHEO Access Team. Let them know if you suspect autism. Make sure to ask how long it will be before your child will get an Intake appointment and ask how long the wait-time is for a diagnostic assessment. (Note: OCTC and CHEO amalgamated as of October 2016.)   

Private ABA service providers are listed under Therapies/Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA).

Speak with an Infant Development Worker at one of the Early Year's Centres drop in play groups.  You can also contact First Words and ask for an appointment.  Click here for more information.

Our Next Steps videos are available on our YouTube Channel.  These videos are from a workshop that we filmed and are broken down into short viewing segments.  QuickStart Autism.

Staying Organized:

We recommend you get a binder with tabs to help keep all the information straight.  Always ask for the person's name and phone number, which organization they are with and what you can expect to happen at the appointment.  When being offered services, ask how long the wait-time is, what the service will look like (for example with speech therapy, how many sessions will your child receive and how long will each session be). Have your questions ready when you do connect with people. 


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