EARLY YEARS SERVICES
Caregivers are a child’s most important teacher. Their relationship is integral to the child’s developmental success. We understand the importance of involving families and caregivers in therapy to help their child reach their full potential.
Our Caregiver-Mediated Early Years Services support families with young children ages 12 to 48 months (4 years). These programs help young children learn new skills and meet individualized goals.
Through these programs, families and caregivers learn therapeutic strategies and techniques from professionals based on their child’s individual needs. The programs aim to build families’ and caregivers’ capacity to support their child’s skill development in:
- social interaction
- emotional development
- adaptive development and self-help skills
Early Years Services are available to all families registered with the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) at no cost and are available for up to six months per child.
Note to Families
Eligible participants must be registered with the Ontario Autism Program and have received an invitation letter for Caregiver-Mediated Early Years Services. Learn More.
Children and youth ages 12 to 48 months who are registered in the Ontario Autism Program will receive invitations to register for Caregiver-Mediated Early Years Services from the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services.
Once you receive an invitation, you can register for our programs. Learn more.
In Toronto region, the program is delivered by Toronto Autism Service Network, a group of seven agencies— Geneva Centre for Autism, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Kerry’s Place Autism Services, Lumenus Community Services, SAAAC Autism Centre, Strides Toronto and Surrey Place, with decades of experience providing high-quality services to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families.
With a shared vision of support, the network offers a single access point for families to receive consistent service provision and high-quality family-centred autism services.
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