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Hamilton-Niagara Regional Autism Intervention Program

Services Available
Groups and Workshops
Patient Education Material

Services Available:

McMaster Children's Hospital, in collaboration with Bethesda Services in Thorold, Lansdowne Children's Centre in Brantford, and Haldimand-Norfolk REACH in Townsend, provides Autism Intervention Programs including intensive behavioural intervention (IBI) for children with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. Program services are provided as per the Ministry of Children and Youth Services Program guidelines.

The Hamilton-Niagara Regional Autism Intervention Program is committed to providing early behavioural intervention that is evidence-based, family-centred, respects community values and the importance of diversity, and is flexible enough to implement a variety of treatment options consistent with best practices in applied behaviour analysis (ABA).  The services will be responsive to the needs of individual children and their families and is based on a set of values and assumptions that respects the dignity and self-worth of children with autism spectrum disorder and their families.

In collaboration with families and local service providers, we offer effective behavioural intervention services for young children with autism spectrum disorders. These services can improve the children's ability to function and participate in their community and can enhance the quality of life for themselves and their families.

Eligibility assessments:

  • clinical assessments to determine a child's eligibility to receive intensive behavioural intervention

Child and Family Support Services:

  • parent training and support
  • consultation
  • children's intervention groups

Intensive Behavioural Intervention:

  • family-centred individual service plans
  • individual program plans for each child
  • therapists provide adult-directed therapy, one on one or small groups
  • extensive record of each child's progress
  • regular review of programming goals (Click here to see the Parent information - Discharge and Transfer Policy)
  • collaboration and consultation with other service providers involved with the child and family
  • funding for families to purchase privately-arranged IBI treatment

Transition Support Services:

  • educational workshops
  • collaboration and consultation with other service providers involved with the child and family

McMaster Children's Hospital provides the clinical supervision and direction for the Autism Intervention Program across the Hamilton-Niagara region. 

Groups and Workshops:

Families registered with the program are invited to attend various workshops offered throughout the region.

The Regional Trainer provides the "Parent Education Series" twice each year in various locations across the region.  Information about this series is mailed to families whose children are currently receiving IBI.


The professionals who make up our team include:

  • Psychological staff
  • Senior and Instructor Therapists
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Developmental Pediatrician
  • Administrative Staff

Parent Education Material:

Please speak with the program staff to inquire about our parent education handouts.


Effective December 2012, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services has established a provincial Independent Review Mechanism.  This process is initiated by parent request.

Please see details on the Contact Niagara website:

For additional information click on the below:


Hamilton Health Sciences • Hamilton, Ontario • 905.521.2100

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