Autism Spectrum Disorder Service
Groups and Workshops
Parent Education Material
As part of its efforts to enhance the services available to parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in Ontario, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) is developing a Resource Toolkit for parents of children with ASD. OPTIMUS | SBR, a firm contracted by the Ministry to assist in the development of this toolkit, is conducting a survey to learn from parents, researchers, service providers, educators and other professionals about what types of resources are most likely to prove useful and meaningful to parents. To participate in the survey, please go to:
Pour enrichir les services offerts aux parents des enfants ayant des Trouble de Spectrum Autistiques (TSA) en Ontario, le ministère des Services à l’enfance et à la jeunesse développe une Boite à Outils de Ressources. OPTIMUS | SBR, une entreprise accréditee par le ministère afin d'assister aux développement de cette Boite à Outils, mêne un enquête auprès des parents, chercheurs, éducateurs, fournisseurs des services et d'autres professionnelles afin de déterminer quels ressources seront le plus utiles pour eux. Pour participer à l'enquête, s'il vous plaît allez à:
The Autism Spectrum Disorder Service provides assessment, treatment and consultation services for children and adolescents ranging in age from 2 to 18 years diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. Training and support to families and professionals living and working with this population is also provided. The overall goal of the Service is to maximize the potential for the person with ASD and enhance his or her ability to live and participate in the community.
There are a variety of treatment services available for children and families in the ASD Service. The specific plan of care for your child will depend on his/her needs and may include one or more of the following options:
- information about ASD and how it affects the way a child with ASD thinks and perceives the world
- behaviour therapy: proactive and reactive strategies
- service coordination: assistance in helping parents understand the services available at McMaster Children's Hospital and the community, support in linking to these services
- speech-language intervention
- social work support: parent support groups
Services are available for residents of the Hamilton region.
Groups and workshops:
The Social Worker of the ASD Service provides parent support workshops.
Other community education workshops are published in the Community Education flyer and are distributed by mail to families who are registered with our service.
The ASD Service team is comprised of a variety of professionals working together to provide coordinated service to meet the needs of each individual with ASD and their family. Team members include:
- Developmental Pediatrician
- Child Psychiatrist
- Early Childhood Educators
- Behaviour Therapist
- Speech-Language Pathologist
- Social Worker
A wide variety of other resources/professionals may be accesses from with the hospital and community to assist in providing service to children and families.
Parent Education material