Autism Services

What is Autism Services?
Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) home therapy is an intensive home-based early intervention program offered to young children up to entry into Grade Four who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.   ABA therapy is a behavioural and skill teaching intervention program designed to assist the child in meeting targeted developmental goals.

This program is offered through the Direct Home Services Program. Funding is provided through Western Health for the child's family to hire a home therapist to work with the child for an approved number of hours per week.   The number of hours is determined by the child's age/school grade as well as assessment outcomes and the child's/family's needs.   Pre-school children are eligible for up to 30 hours per week; kindergarten children may receive up to 15 hours per week while children from Grades One up to entry into Grade Four may receive a maximum of 10 hours per week.

What We Do
A Child Management Specialist (CMS) with the Direct Home Services Program provides guidance and direction to the home therapist on a regular basis regarding appropriate programming goals and activities to be implemented with the child.   The CMS is professionally trained in child development and the principles of ABA therapy/implementation.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who can refer?
Referrals can only be accepted from a Child Development Team, Psychiatrist or a Pediatrician.   Referrals are forwarded to the Regional Clinical Leader who coordinates this service.

How long will I have to wait for my child to receive service?
Referrals are acted upon as soon as possible once they are received.   Commencement of the service often depends on when the family is able to recruit a home therapist to work with their child.   The Regional Clinical Leader is usually in contact with the child's family within two weeks of receipt of referral. After this, a CMS will contact the child's family to schedule a home visit and plan the service.

How is the service delivered?
The child's parent/guardian acts as the employer of the home therapist and is responsible for the selection and hiring of a suitable individual for this position.   The home therapist provides therapy in the child's home under the guidance of a CMS with another caregiver present .   The CMS visits weekly or bi-weekly to work with the home therapist caregivers, and child. The child's progress is monitored and programming is modified as needed.

What is the role of a parent/caregiver in the delivery of ABA-based services?
Parents/caregivers play a very important role in ABA-based services. As a parent/caregiver, you reinforce behaviours and skills learned in the program at home and talk to service providers about your child's needs.

Your involvement is essential to help your child maintain and use new skills in other places with different people.

Parents are also involved in the development of a service plan for your child. ABA service providers will ask for parents' input for the service plan and agreement with the plan.          

LOCATION
For more information, please contact the Regional Clinical Leader below:
Direct Home Service Program
Western Health
169 West Valley Rd.
Corner Brook NL
A2H 2Y3
Telephone: (709 ) 637-1800 or (709) 637-5284

LINKS
Autism Society of NL    
                   
Autism Society of Canada    

Autism Speaks Canada                  

Geneva Centre for Autism    

Autism Canada Foundation  

Autism Treatment Services of Canada