Workshop: Impactful ways to use the Ontario Childhood Budget for Your Child

Workshop: Impactful ways to use the Ontario Childhood Budget for Your Child

February 1, 2020
RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa, ON K1H 7X7


Description: Presentations will be made by experts explaining service options for children up to 17 years of age.  

The presentations will also be helpful to parents currently receiving funding. 

Objective: To provide information for parents so they can make informed choices.

Topics include: What’s covered under the childhood budget, the newly announced Interim One-time Funding, questions to ask service providers, scope of services, social skills programs, preparing teens for employment, and more. 

Workshop Information:

Date: Saturday, February 1st, 2020

Registration: at 8:00am 

Time: 8:30am to 4:30pm

Location: RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa, ON K1H 7X

A light lunch, snacks and beverages will be provided.

Priority registration is for parents/guardians.

Workshop Schedule:

Moderator: Suzanne Jacobson (QuickStart Early Intervention for Autism)
8:30  Welcome, Suzanne Jacobson
8:40 – 9:30 Kelsey McDaniel, Service Navigator with Autism Ontario for the East Region– Ottawa, Prescott-Russell, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry with Autism Ontario
Kelsey has the latest information from the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCS) on the one-time funding being issued to families on the Ontario Autism Program wait-list.

  • What’s covered under the ‘one-time funding’
  • What’s the newest information she has received from MCCS
  • Early Intervention resources being offered ‘Foundational Services’
  • How she’s able to assist you

9:30 – 10:30 Yolanda Korneluk PhD., CPsych. Psychologist, Clinical Director at Emerging Minds

  • How to build an effective and well-functioning circle of care around you child with ASD
  • Strategies for ensuring that a treatment plan is truly comprehensive and developmentally anchored (and why this matters)
  • Why and how parents should truly be at the helm of their child's treatment plan
  • Comprehensive/intensive therapy vs goal-oriented therapy
  • What’s the right # of therapy hours based on the latest study
  • Types of assessments

10:30 – 10:45 Break

10:45 – 11:45 Robin Gaines Ph.D., SLP (C), CASLPO,
Speech/Language Pathologist and Clinical Researcher (Emerging Minds)
Robin will speak about the Scope of Speech/Language Pathology related to ASD

  • What questions to ask when hiring a Speech/Language Pathologist
  • Models of intervention: parent coaching, individual, small group therapy
  • Areas that speech/language pathologists typically serve: receptive/expressive language, articulation and pragmatics/social language use

11:45 – 12:45 Vero Chiasson, Occupational Therapist/Ergothérapeute
Early Start Denver Model Trainer/Formatrice Modèle de Denver pour jeunes enfants at Emerging Minds est

Vero will speak about the Scope of Occupational Therapy related to ASD.

  • Different areas of daily living, where Occupational Therapists can intervene
  • What questions to ask when hiring an Occupational Therapist
  • Client centred practice, the treatment effectiveness/evidence-based especially of sensory based interventions

 12:45 to 1:30 Lunch
1:30 to 2:15  Q&A.
2:15 – 3:00 – Kim Moore, BCBA from Aspire Academy
Kim will speak about ABA therapy.

  • One-to-one therapy
  • What to look for in a group (proper placement)
  • Proper ratios for your child
  • Breakdown of the schedule of the day
  • Academic vs non-academic group settings
  • Priorities and how to accomplish them in a group
  • Focused vs intensive 

3:00 to 3:15 – Break
3:15- 4:00 Hugh Nelson, Executive Director at Y’s Owl Maclure
Hugh will speak about:

  • Social skills programs
  • Employment coaching program for teens
  • What questions to ask when considering social groups for your child

4:00 – 4:30 Anne Huot, Vice-President Child Development and Community Services at CHEO
Anne will speak about:

  • Current status of what CHEO is offering to children & youth with autism
  • What CHEO is doing now in this transition to needs based program
  • Update on working throughout the province to support this transition
  • Speak on her role on the implementation working group as chair
  • CHEO’s role to support the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCS) role for the one-time funding and supporting families through these challenging times.

Please email: if you have any questions.

QuickStart Early Intervention for Autism is pleased to present this free workshop for parents/guardians, sponsored by Coordinated Access.

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