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Foundational Family Services is a part of the new needs-based Ontario Autism Program (OAP) designed to provide families and caregivers a range of evidence-based services to support their child and youth’s learning and development. Foundational Family Services will be individualized and responsive to families’ changing needs over time.

All families registered in the OAP are eligible to receive these services and supports at no cost. Strides Toronto is pleased to be offering Foundational Family Services in a variety of formats including virtual, and in-person services. You can choose to access these services at any point based on your family’s needs. There are no limits to the number of times you can register for these services.

We offer a wide range of Foundational Family Services. Coaching is integrated into our various services to support parents and caregivers to implement the recommended strategies and transfer skills.

These services and supports may include:

Workshops and Coaching Sessions
We offer a variety of virtual education opportunities on a wide range of topics. Workshops will be delivered online either through video links or through our Zoom Healthcare video conferencing platform.

Brief Targeted Consultation
This brief service includes parent/caregiver coaching and strategies using Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) principles to address your child/youth’s individual strengths, needs, and goals. Consultations will be offered by phone or by video through our secure Zoom Healthcare platform to help address a specific goal.

Transition Supports
We provide supports and services to promote a smooth transition into the school system and the broader community.

Family Resource and Clinic Days
We have an established parent education curriculum, including training packages to support social communication and behaviour management. Strides Toronto encourages active parent and caregiver engagement and participation to better support your child/youth’s needs.

For more information about Strides Toronto’s Foundational Family Services, please contact 416-438-3697 ext. 19055 or email autism@stridestoronto.ca.

How to Register with The Ontario Autism Program

Caregiver-Mediator Early Years Program supports families with children 12 months to 48 months (4 years). The programs help young children learn new skills and meet individualized goals. Programs are offered at no cost and available for up to six months per child for families registered with the Ontario Autism Program (OAP). Through these programs, caregivers learn therapeutic strategies and techniques from professionals based on their child’s individual needs. The programs are play-based, child-led and developmentally appropriate.

Upcoming services in May 2024

Strides Toronto Autism Services is offering the CMEYS program in May. The program consists of two parts:

  • Caregiver workshop (virtual)
  • One-on-one coaching session (virtual/in person).

The program runs 2 sessions per week for 6 weeks:

  • Caregiver Workshops
    • Fridays, 10 AM – 12 PM
    • May 10 – June 14, 2024
    • Virtual through Zoom
  • One-on-one coaching session
    • One hour coaching sessions will be scheduled with families individually on Tuesdays or Wednesdays
    • May 14 – June 19, 2024
    • Virtual or in person

Registration: Project ImPACT – Toronto Autism Services

For more information about Strides Toronto’s Caregiver Mediated Early Years Services, please contact 416-438-3697 ext. 19055 or email autism@stridestoronto.ca.

Eligibility Details

  • Children and youth ages 12 to 48 months who are registered in the Ontario Autism Program (OAP)
  • Receive invitations to register for Caregiver-Mediated Early Years Services from the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services
  • If your child is receiving core clinical services or has an active behaviour plan, you’re not eligible to receive caregiver-mediated early years programs.

Strides Toronto Caregiver Mediated Early Years Services Flyer

Strides Toronto Autism Services Orientation

The entry to school program includes two main parts. The first part is a six-month, group-based, skill-building program, focused on helping children develop school-readiness skills in six areas:

  • Communication – conversation, expressing wants and needs, understanding words and language, social communication, and non-verbal communication
  • Play – toy exploration, and engaging in group play/games
  • Social interaction – understanding of social boundaries, interactions with peers, and learning new behaviours by observing/imitating peers
  • Functional routines – following classroom routines, and self-help skills such as dressing and toilet training
  • Behavioural self-management – emotional regulation and being able to wait their turn
  • Pre-academics, learning and attention – developing new learning skills, working within a group setting, and independent work

The group-based program is multi-disciplinary and supported by staff with expertise in:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Applied behaviour analysis
  • Speech-language pathology
  • Occupational therapy
  • Early childhood development

After completing the group-based part of the program, children will start the second part of the program, which provides them with individual transition supports as they enter school. Families and educators will also be able to access consultation services from entry to school program staff, as needed, during a child’s first six months in school.

Call our intake line at 416-438-3697 ext. 19055 for more information.

Eligibility Details

To participate in the Entry to School program, your child must be:

  • registered in the Ontario Autism Program (OAP)
  • between three to six years old as of December 31 in the year they are starting school
  •  starting kindergarten or Grade 1 for the first time

How to Register with The Ontario Autism Program

Strides Toronto Autism Services Orientation

Rapid and personalized care to support children with autism to keep themselves from harm as well as their loved ones.

Children with autism are particularly vulnerable to harm, including inappropriate behaviours, negative thoughts, and physical aggression. Safety is a critical issue among their families and caregivers. Our new Urgent Response Service provides timely services to address a specific need, designed to prevent risk escalation to self, others, and/or property. Children and their families can receive up to 12 weeks of personalized services and support, which may include:

  • Short-term consultation with a child’s intervention team, caregivers and educators
  • Respite services
  • Direct support to the family and professionals involved to implement behaviour therapy with the child using a mediator model approach.

Each child and family will have an Urgent Response Service Coordinator working with them to develop and oversee the service plan. The coordinator will also provide service navigation to other services within or outside the Ontario Autism Program.

If you have additional questions, contact Surrey Place at 1-833-575-KIDS (5437) or childrens.registration@surreyplace.ca

Referral Details

All referrals are welcome. Families can self-refer or can be referred by a clinician, care coordinator or other relevant professionals. Upon referral, you will be screened to determine if you are eligible.

Eligibility Details

  1. Ages: 0 to 18 years
  2. Must have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  3. Registered in the Ontario Autism Program (OAP).
  4. Showing one of the following high-risk behaviours that have escalated in intensity over the last 14 days:
    • Suicidal ideation or behaviour
    • Violent thinking
    • Fire starting
    • Harm to animals
    • Risk of exploitation
    • Self-injurious behaviour
    • Aggression
    • Inappropriate sexual behaviour
    • Flight risk
    • Property destruction