Why Choose Surrey Place?

Learn about the many reasons Surrey Place is a standout organization in our field

For more than 60 years, Surrey Place has been providing an extensive range of programs and services for autistic children and their families. Our core clinical services are appropriate for children up to 18 years of age and are accessed through the Ontario Autism Program (OAP). 

We are often at the forefront when it comes to pioneering new programs or creating community partnerships to improve coordinated services that address gaps in the system. Our interdisciplinary approach, highly trained staff, state-of-the-art facilities and other unique features make us a trusted leader among autism service providers.  

We follow a family-centred approach

Family & caregiver involvement

Education programs for caregiver

We firmly believe that families are the experts when it comes to their children. This means we involve caregivers in all aspects of service delivery, including developing goals together, participating in assessments or therapy sessions for their child, and discussing their child’s progress with the clinical team. We also offer education programs for families to ensure they feel supported every step of the way.

Our clinicians are leaders in their field

Multi-disciplinary team

Highest number of BCBAs in Ontario

Leader in early intervention

Our highly qualified, experienced staff provide specialized clinical services using a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach. Our team includes several Board Certified Behavior Analysts® (BCBA) who supervise each child’s behaviour intervention program, as well as experienced therapists who work directly with children in classrooms to help them practice skills outlined in the child’s behaviour plan. Our registered speech language pathologists and occupational therapists consult with the behaviour team or provide services directly to children and families.

Our clinicians publish in peer-reviewed journals on the effectiveness of their interventions and present at conferences to share applications of applied behaviour analysis (ABA). Many staff are also faculty members at colleges and universities or are contributing members on advisory bodies and expert panels.  

We have the highest number of board-certified behaviour analysts out of all the service providers on the Ontario Autism Program provider list. 

We offer a breadth of services to meet every need

Comprehensive services

Family & caregiver training

Individualized service plans

We address a range of needs with comprehensive services for children and families, including behaviour services, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, mental health services, and family and caregiver training. We work with families to develop individualized service plans that address specific goals, based on the child or youth’s needs.

We also offer tandem services for caregivers based on the specific program their child or teen is following. For example, if a child or teen is accessing one of our behavioural treatment services, parents can access caregiver education programs and coaching at the same time. We also offer services for youth past 18 years of age, into adulthood. 

We provide individual and group-based programs

1:1 and group programs

Low class ratios

Up to 30 hrs of support/week

We offer both individualized and group-based services, starting at two hours per week and expanding to as many as 30 hours per week for more intensive programs. Group-based services feature low class ratios, ranging from one staff for every two children to one staff for every four children, depending on the program. Group classes, which include social skills and communication groups, have three to eight children per class. We also provide an option for one-on-one support within a group-based program for children who need extra assistance to be successful in a group environment.

We have state-of-the-art facilities

Indoor and outdoor playscapes

Sensory integration room

Safe assessment room

Our facilities include state-of-the-art playgrounds that allow children to explore movement while working on their gross motor skills.

Our south location in Toronto’s downtown core features: 

Our north location features: 

We have several convenient sites

4 convenient locations

Partnership with school boards

Back-to-school transition program

We have locations in the city’s four quadrants (north, south, east and west), giving us a broad presence in the Greater Toronto Area. 

We also partner with school boards to bring our autism services directly to children within a school environment. This enables children to participate in a traditional education setting who otherwise wouldn’t be able to. Our school-based services include: 

Our TRE-ADD (Treatment Research and Education for Autism and Developmental Disorders) program where we provide treatment while instructors provide education 

Our School Support Program, which supports children who are receiving autism services at Surrey Place successfully transition back into the school system 

We make a difference 

Our many services have a life-changing impact on children by helping them be more successful and independent.

After receiving treatment through Surrey Place, some children who previously faced challenges in group settings have been successfully integrated into mainstream classrooms. Meanwhile, young children who previously struggled at daycare have started participating in activities following treatment at one of our centres. 

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Call our Children & Youth Intake 1-833-575-KIDS (5437)

By 2 months

Has your baby had their hearing screened? YES NO

By 6 months

Does the child?

Startle in response to loud noises? YES NO
Turn to where a sound is coming from? YES NO
Make different cries for different needs (hungry, tired)? YES NO
Watch your face as you talk? YES NO
Smile/laugh in response to your smiles and laughs? YES NO
Imitate coughs or other sounds such as ah, eh, buh YES NO

By 9 months

Does the child?

Respond to their name? YES NO
Respond to the telephone ringing or a knock at the door? YES NO
Understand being told no? YES NO
Get what they want through using gestures (reaching to be picked up)? YES NO
Play social games with you (Peek-a-Boo)? YES NO
Enjoy being around people? YES NO
Babble and repeat sounds such as babababa or duhduhduh? YES NO

By 12 months

Does the child?

Follow simple one-step directions (sit down)? YES NO
Look across the room to a toy when adult points at it? YES NO
Consistently use three to five words? YES NO
Use gestures to communicate (waves hi/bye, shakes head for no)? YES NO
Get your attention using sounds, gestures and pointing while looking at your eyes? YES NO
Bring you toys to show you? YES NO
Perform for social attention and praise? YES NO
Combine lots of sounds together as though talking (abada baduh abee)? YES NO
Show an interest in simple picture books? YES NO

By 18 months

Does the child?

Understand the meaning of in and out, off and on? YES NO
Point to more than 2 body parts when asked? YES NO
Use at least 20 words consistently? YES NO
Respond with words or gestures to simple questions (Where's teddy? What's that?)? YES NO
Demonstrate some pretend play with toys (gives teddy bear a drink, pretends a bowl is a hat)? YES NO
Make at least four different consonant sounds (p ,b, m, n, d, g, w, h)? YES NO
Enjoy being read to and sharing simple books with you? YES NO
Point to pictures using one finger? YES NO

By 2 years

Does the child?

Follow two-step directions (Go find your teddy bear and show it to Grandma.)? YES NO
Use 100 to 150 words? YES NO
Use at least two pronouns (you, me, mine)? YES NO
Consistently combine two to four words in short phrases (Daddy hat. Truck go down.)? YES NO
Enjoy being around other children? YES NO
Begin to offer toys to other children and imitate other children's actions and words? YES NO
Use words that are understood by others 50 to 60 per cent of the time? YES NO
Form words or sounds easily and without effort? YES NO
Hold books the right way up and turn the pages? YES NO
Read to stuffed animals or toys? YES NO
Scribble with crayons? YES NO

By 30 months

Does the child?

Understand the concepts of size (big/little) and quantity (a little/a lot, more)? YES NO
Use some adult grammar (two cookies, bird flying, I jumped)? YES NO
Use over 350 words? YES NO
Use action words such as run, spill, fall? YES NO
Participate in some turn-taking activities with peers, using both words and toys? YES NO
Demonstrate concern when another child is hurt or sad? YES NO
Combine several actions in play (puts blocks in the train and drives the train, drops the blocks off.)? YES NO
Put sounds at the beginning of most words? YES NO
Use words with two or more syllables or beats (ba-na-na, com-pu-ter, a-pple)? YES NO
Recognize familiar logos and signs involving print (Stop sign)? YES NO
Remember and understand familiar stories? YES NO

By 3 years

Does the child?

Understand who, what, where and why questions? YES NO
Create long sentences using five to eight words? YES NO
Talk about past events (trip to grandparents house, day at child care)? YES NO
Tell simple stories? YES NO
Show affection for favourite playmates? YES NO
Engage in multi-step pretend play (pretending to cook a meal, repair a car)? YES NO
Talk in a way that most people outside of the family understand what she/he is saying most of the time? YES NO
Have an understanding of the function of print (menus, lists, signs)? YES NO
Show interest in, and awareness of, rhyming words? YES NO
Read to stuffed animals or toys? YES NO
Scribble with crayons? YES NO

By 4 years

Does the child?

Follow directions involving three or more steps (First get some paper, then draw a picture and give it to Mommy)? YES NO
Use adult type grammar? YES NO
Tell stories with a beginning, middle and end? YES NO
Talk to try and solve problems with adults and with other children? YES NO
Show increasingly complex imaginary play? YES NO
Talk in a way that is understood by strangers almost all the time? YES NO
Generate simple rhymes (cat-bat)? YES NO
Match some letters with their sounds (letter b says buh, letter t says tuh)? YES NO